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New Orleans, LA
The Actors Alliance is gearing up to shoot another film, and YOU have a chance to be cast in it and get a great scene for your demo reel and a great credit for your résumé!
Who needs a demo reel? Anyone who is serious about breaking into show business. A demo reel is as vital a tool for a professional actor as is an excellent head shot and a well-crafted résumé.
This film will be a class project, so you must be in class to take part. As with our previous films, you will need to make a three-semester commitment to be considered for a key role in this production.
~ PRODUCTION TIMETABLE ~
1) FIRST SEMESTER - SCENE STUDY
Working with sides from the actual film, you will practice scene study, pacing, and timing and train to work on camera for six weeks in class. This is so you are prepared to do your best at the upcoming auditions.
2) SECOND SEMESTER - CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT AND CASTING
In the second semester, actors will refine the roles they are auditioning for and develop their characters, which will include wardrobe, makeup and hair, and handling props. In the fourth week, auditions will be held, and the leading and supporting characters will be cast. Actors who are not cast but who would like to have their scenes be shot for their demo reels will be given this opportunity during or after principal photography.
3) THIRD SEMESTER - PRODUCTION
In the third semester, you will continue learning how to act on camera, especially for close-ups, so you are prepared when we shoot your scenes on the weekends (and in some cases during the week). By the time you walk on set, prepare to be cool, collected, and ready for your close-up!
After your eighteen weeks of studying acting for film and learning all the steps you must take to succeed... from preparing for the audition, to preparing for production, to being on set and doing the work... you will be a seasoned actor and have a confidence that it could take years to develop without an amazing opportunity and a priceless experience like this one!
~ CLASS VENUES ~
• Metairie - Monday evenings - 7 p.m. to 10, starting April 1
• Baton Rouge - Wednesday evenings - 7 p.m. to 10, starting April 3
• Mandeville - Thursday evenings - 7 p.m. to 10, starting April 4
Tuition is $275 with a $50 deposit paid in advance, or $300 at the door. Actors age 14 and up may enroll. Cost of your demo scene on DVD is an additional $100.
"Veleka, I felt soooo comfortable with you as the casting director, you were great as well...xoxo"
-- Joe McRae, Kenner
"I very much appreciate you driving and fighting for us, and the knowledge you share with us."
-- Janet Aube, Baton Rouge
"Just landed 7 commercial adds on a show for NBC sports...Thanks Veleka! :)"
-- Tony Severio, Pine Grove
"Booked for 5 days. St Mary Parish Tourism Bureau tourism commercial. Thanks Ms. Veleka!"
-- William Gil, Patterson
"I just wanted again to let you know how much I enjoyed being in your class this past semester and can't wait to start this next one. I can't believe how much I was able to learn from you in just 6 weeks. Thanks again."
-- Sam Messina, Baton Rouge
"You are the most valuable resource in the region for aspiring film actors. (And you can quote me on that.)"
-- Tony Fennelly, New Orleans, LA
~ INSTRUCTOR ~
Television star and Emmy Awards judge Veleka Gray has shared the stage or screen with scores of luminaries, including Sigourney Weaver, Ted Danson, Dana Delany, Jobeth Williams, Elliot Gould, Rue McClanahan, Armand Assante, and Michael Cole, among many others.
Veleka has been coaching actors for the past twenty-five years in New York, San Francisco, at the College of DuPage in Chicago, and, since 2000, all over Louisiana.
She is now casting and producing films as well. She has been Executive Producer of five films and has written the screenplay for four of those. Collaborating with colleagues in her professional organizations, such as Women in Film and Television, PSA, and the Louisiana Filmmakers Meetup, Veleka is developing other projects. She is a member of MENSA, is vested by more than ten years of credits in both Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA, and was inducted into the Louisiana Hall of Fame in 2004.
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