WHAT IS A DREAM SCENE?
A Dream Scene is produced for and by Actors to showcase their work. Our goal is to empower actors by giving them the tools to control how they’re portrayed on screen. Dream Scenes can be used as part of your demo reel to showcase your work to casting directors, agents or producers.
We create, nurture and tell stories.
If you’re an actor then your success depends on showcasing your work. Most actors we encounter have the same issues:
• I need material for my demo reel.
• I need a demo reel to get an agent.
• I’ve been trying to auditing for student films or non union gigs OR
• I was cast in a student film or non union gig but don’t have any screen time.
• I just did a thing but won’t get footage for 6 months to a year.
• I have some footage but it’s not great OR
• I have footage that no longer represents where I am as an artist.
• I need a way to show that I can play a specific character.
For each dream scene we provide: DP, Sound, Light, Script Development, Basic Editing (colour correction, scoring, etc not included)
You are responsible for (although we will provide assistance): Casting, location scouting, set design, wardrobe, props, hair/makeup
• The first thing you’ll need is a solid script that tells a engaging and compelling story. It should include a good amount of dialogue for all actors featured in the film.
• We will work with you through a preliminary writing process to develop an original script.
• Create characters that you feel comfortable portraying and bring out your best work.
• DO NOT fill your script with action sequences (unless your a stunt person) or anything that takes the focus away from your acting.
Actra Members – under the DSP agreement your film must be 3 minutes or under, which = 3 to 4 pages.
Non Union – there is no limit, however your script should be under 6 minutes.
ELEMENTS OF A GOOD STORY
• a situation
• a conflict
• a resolution
• mix of drama and comedy
• characters who need something from each other
Choose a location that include:
• Relevance to the story
• Access for the duration of your shoot (including any overtime)
• Access to natural lighting
• Colourful and interesting backgrounds (limited set design. Avoid white walls)
• Access to electrical outlets
• Space to move around
• Free parking is a bonus
Choose actors you don’t mind spending a few hours with (Chemistry is everything)
All the characters in your script should be cast early and given enough time to prepare
2 to 3 major characters max (background is optional)