DEMO REEL CAMP

January 2021 
 
Demo Reel Camp: Back in its full glory, designed with your safety in mind.

WAITING FOR FOOTAGE SUCKS. PERIOD.

Getting footage that doesn't show your range sucks. Subpar footage sucks. Not having enough footage for a reel sucks. Badgering filmmakers for footage that may or may not be any good sucks. We're here to help. ​
The Forge provides a service that actors desperately need. By designing two scenes catered to your needs, we put the control back in your hands.
Show casting the types of roles you want to play. Be taken more seriously for roles because they can see your talent. Fill in the gaps your current reel might have.
 
Finally, get footage as fast and as professionally as you've been hoping for.
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WHAT WE DO

Prep through post, we handle everything

 

WRITING

When you enroll, you'll be prompted to fill out a short survey about the types of roles that your reel may be missing.

We'll write two scenes, specifically tailored to your needs. For any additional scenes, please contact us.

PRODUCTION

Leading up to shoot day, you will have two coaching sessions, followed by one day of shooting your scenes.

  A team professional filmmakers are brought in to shoot your scenes to look as if they are taken from full-length projects. We will be taking extra pre-caution through utilizing preventative action in order to reduce any risk of exposure.

POST

Our editors will cut and edit your scenes to showcase your skills and talent.

We'll then send you two 1080p files for you to upload, cut into an existing reel, and share however you want. All footage will be delivered to students within 2 weeks of filming.

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

As a rule, I don't write reviews of anything unless I had a genuinely positive experience. Luckily, all I experienced with Demo Camp was positive. It was an investment in my career, and it was worth every penny. Not a moment was wasted. I'd be hard pressed to come up with another example of my time being so productively and respectfully used. Sarah and her team asked me what I wanted in my reel, and they delivered material beyond what I could have hoped for. I haven't seen the fully edited product just yet, but what I saw of the rough cut blew me away. Thank you so much for this incredibly positive experience and in helping me to create a tool that's going to help me with my career. (This is Alison, in case it shows up anonymously! I know I can go on, so please feel free to edit this down, if you end up wanting to use my testimony! <3 

Both the experience and end result are the best value to the actor. Sarah Clark and team are teachers, directors and film professionals, that for the price of Demo Reel Camp, result in a fabulous product.

This is one of the best experiences I have had. I was so excited to share my videos and thus far I have gotten amazing feedback. I think the camp has zero flaws and that you did a great job structuring it. You made it an enjoyable experience and I have a lot of fellow actors who are thrilled to signup for the next session. I want to do it again! Thank you so much! ​

You have a wonderful way of creating a space where the actor practically instantly feels comfortable. If I were staying in Chicago, I would be signing up for classes with you.

 

You are a delight. :) And lastly, thank you for creating the demo reel camp!

I loved how almost every scene was intertwined with someone else's! The writing was amazing, and the whole process was organized so well.

 I very much appreciated your coaching, directing, and writing, too! You have a wonderful way of creating a space where the actor practically instantly feels comfortable. If I were staying in Chicago, I would be signing up for classes with you, and generally doing whatever it takes to be seen. You are a delight. 

I loved how comfortable Sarah made me feel during the coaching as well as on set! It still felt like a learning environment where I could ask questions and try new things which really helped me best show what I can do in my reel.

 

DETAILS

Your scenes will be sent to you the Monday of the week of the demo reel intensive. (No, you can't have it earlier - we don't want you over-preparing.) We will also email a recommendation for wardrobe and answer some frequently asked questions. 

REHEARSAL

During the week leading up to your shoot day, you will have two 1-on-1 coaching sessions with Sarah Clark to work through your scenes. Focus your film acting technique with lessons and exercises in the craft. Both of your sessions will be approximately 20 minutes in length. 

PRODUCTION

We will take every precaution we can to prioritize your safety during your shoot day. You will be working in groups of no more than 5 actors, and our crew members will be wearing face masks and practicing social distancing during your shoot. While we will be providing a makeup artist, but we do request that you provide your own makeup and wardrobe. 


DELIVERABLES

Within two weeks from production wrap, you will be delivered two 1080p files of your scenes.

VIRTUAL SCREENING 

Check out all the hard work you put into your demo! After your scenes are shot and edited, join the staff and your fellow actors for a virtual screening through Zoom!

 

OUR TEAM

Award winning filmmakers, committed to your craft.

 
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SARAH CLARK, CSA

OWNER + DIRECTOR

Sarah Clark is the owner and founder of The Forge. Yes, she's the casting director of Compass Casting, but did you know she's an award-winning filmmaker many times over?  She's also an Emmy-nominated producer and professional screenwriter. 

Sarah tackles demo camp from a director's perspective when she's working with writers and talent and then puts her casting hat back on in the edit. She knows that these demo reels will be seen for a short amount of time so have to grab other casting directors fast. Sarah is committed to making your demo reel the best possible tool she can.

KENDAL MILLER

CINEMATOGRAPHER

Kendal Miller is an accomplished cinematographer, producer, and Emmy-nominated director.

 

With experience in shooting high-end commercials to gritty docu-series Kendal’s eye for incredible shots is exceptional. Kendal is story focused and will always take the shot that tells the story over the one that just looks cool. 

He's one of Sarah's favorite people to shoot with, which is why they often co-direct and work on each others projects. He was the DP on Sarah's award winning short KILLING IRMA and the film often has its' cinematography mentioned and complimented.

DIMESTORE FILMS

EDITORS

When these award winning filmmakers aren't directing and editing their own films like ORIGIN OF WIT AND HUMOR or HYPOXIA, you can find them editing here at The Forge.

 

These two have incredible timing and technical know-how to deliver incredible reels that focus on you.

Christian and Hunter editing their hearts out each day to hit our Tuesday premiere deadline!

 

MORE INFO

  • 100% refund is available within 72 hours of enrollment, as long as enrollment is completed 6 weeks before camp.

  • 50% refund is available if cancellation is made prior to 30 days before the start of camp.

  • 25% refund is available if cancellation is made 21 days before the start of camp.

  • There is no refund available within 20 days of the start of camp.

  • Our payment plan makes it easy to enroll. For only $175 down you'll be set up automatic payments, making it easy to pay down the balance. 

DEMOS WITH US > WAITING FOR FOOTAGE

Your time is money. How are you going to spend it?

AUDITION & WAIT

 

The free* option is auditioning for projects to get enough footage to make a reel. It looks like this:

  • Spend hours submitting for projects that may or may not be good.

  • Commute to an audition, hopefully at a safe location.

  • Audition for a role you may or may not be right for.

  • Get cast - yay! 

  • Commute to set, shoot for 12 hours, get a cold lunch.

  • Wait for a long time (sometimes years) to get footage and cross your fingers it looks good.

* free - If you put an hourly rate on how much time this will take, you're still losing money. 

SHOOT ON YOUR OWN

 

It's expensive to do a demo on your own and not split the cost with other actors.

 

It costs $6,185.00 per day of production. 

That's an affordable production day by most producer's view, but that's a ton of money for most people. Splitting the cost amongst other actors will make it affordable and gives us other talent for you to act with.

SHOOT WITH US

You walk away with two beautifully shot and edited scenes within 2 weeks of filming. 

You come in, you film, you get your footage in two weeks. The end.

THE FORGE

BETTER EDUCATION // BETTER INDUSTRY

CONTACT

 

4312 N. Lincoln Ave, CHI, 60618

P • (773) 654-3021

E • hello@theforgechi.com

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