Frequently Asked Questions
Below are answers to many questions we receive on a daily basis regarding our services. If a question is not answered here please feel free to contact us via our contact page and we will reply as soon as we can. DO NOT BOOK A SCENE WITH US UNTIL YOU HAVE READ ALL OF THIS SECTION.
Q: I’m an actor. How do I know if I need a Speed Scene?
A: Speed Scenes are intended for intermediate to advanced level actors who have been pursuing actor for long enough to have worked on several student films/indie films where they have been unable to receive footage back. If you’re seeking an agent, and they require a demo reel of your acting ability or you’re interested in showcasing a different character than anything you’ve booked. THIS IS NOT FOR BEGINNERS. I cannot stress that enough. If you just started acting yesterday, this is not the service for you.
Q: What is the difference in a DEMO REEL and a SPEED SCENE?
A: A demo reel is a 1-2 minute video made up of clips that YOU provide to us from projects you’ve completed in the past. Short films, features, etc. A speed scene is a “scene” that we’ve written and shot for you that is made to look like a legitimate film or tv project. We coined the term “SPEED SCENE” back in 2013. If you see another company using the term, they got it from us, because we’re that cool and imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Unless you see the words “Blackflight Studios” next to it, it’s not a “Speed Scene.”
Q: Other services offer IMDB credit as a perk for using them. Why does Atlanta Speed Scenes not offer IMDB credit?
A: IMDB is meant to be a searchable database for film and television productions. It used to be strictly limited to productions to be able to add anything. Today it is littered with credits being added by people who were literally just extras. Some of the projects listed on IMDB these days were never even shot. We strive to bring IMDB back to a place where you can find accurate and up to date information. Simply put, IMDB credit isn’t anything special anymore and isn’t a perk. Literally ANYONE can list ANYTHING on IMDB. Therefore there is 0 reason for us to offer this. We want you to have good footage and we want casting directors to book you in projects that will get you legitimate credits.
Q: Can I choose the sets that my scene is shot on?
A: Yes, and no. When you fill out the survey we supply that asks for details on what types of characters you want to play, you are essentially choosing at tha time. We have a limited amount of sets/locations available. Most of which are located here at our home office in Lawrenceville GA (we also live there, because we’re actors too and we’re doing this in our spare time to help YOU!) We will shoot on location if you have something awesome, but in general the focus is not on the location, but on YOU. We shoot in spaces that we can make look good under the confines of how we shoot, and in most cases the background is out of focus, so try not to overthink it. Make sure you watch our examples so you can get a sense of how we shoot.
Q: I want to write my own scene or bring a scene I or someone else has already written, can I do that?
A: We prefer that you let us handle the writing, so that we can make sure the scenes work within the parameters of how we shoot. Many scenes do not fit into that mold. If you feel really strongly about something, and want us to consider it, we will definitely look at it to see if it’s doable. We may be able to do it as-is or with some minor changes. Make sure you own the rights or have permission to use someone else’s work, if that is the case.
Q: I want to walk through a doorway in a blaze of glory carrying guns or some awesome prop! Can I do that?
A: NO. Please watch our examples. Our scenes are almost always simple, over the shoulder dialog scenes. Sometimes, if we’re feeling froggy we’ll do something else at OUR discretion. We’re not here to make a cinematic masterpiece. We’re here to show casting directors how you look on camera, and that you can act. They have no interest in seeing a 10 minute long sweeping jib shot of your feet walking to the door. Please do not ask us to film these things, as the answer will always be no. Also, we highly advise against the use of props, unless you are incredibly skilled at using them. We do not want to edit around the continuity of your props. Actors have a tendency to lose focus on their acting and put too much focus on their props. There is a reason casting directors usually request that you do not use props in your auditions. we are no different.
Q: How do you make it look like a movie?
A: Magic. Seriously, we wave wands around that we got from Harry Potter world. You don’t ask the Colonel to give you his secret recipe do you?
Q: Can I add my Speed Scene to IMDB? I need credits!
A: While yes, you can technically add these to IMDB because (see above). We typically frown on doing so. Why? Well because we like to think of IMDB as a database of completed TV and film projects, and while technically you did finish a project. It’s not really the sort of thing we think should be on IMDB. If you MUST add it to IMDB to pad your credits (see how bad that sounds?) please list it as “Atlanta Speed Scenes” and please do not link to our production company or our cinematographer. He likes to keep his IMDB limited to just feature films and major TV shows that he’s worked on. Thanks for understanding!
Q: If one scene is $250 and I bring a friend, we each pay $125. Can we do a 3-person scene and each pay $83.33?
A: NO. We limit our scenes to two participants to be able to focus on each actor.
Q: I don’t have a scene partner, do I need one?
A: Yes, but if you don’t know someone from acting class or your agency, or another actor friend who wants to help you we can provide one for you. It will either be one of us, or one of our actor friends whom we trust. There is no extra charge for either.
Q: I want to play a fighter pilot in a jet plane fighting in the war, or no.. I want to play a Dr. performing open heart surgery! Can you do that? I want lots of movement and action, like me fiddling with a pen or trying to put on a coat.
A: You only get 10-15 seconds to impress the casting director. Do you think how well you can fiddle with a pen will impress a casting director?. We limit the movement in our scenes for several reasons. 1. We have our process down to a science and the reason we can do this for as cheap as we do is because we know how long it will take to get you great footage at a reasonable price. 2. We focus on your acting. Your facial expressions. Your eyes and your emotions. Leave the fluff for the movies and television shows that you will book after you’ve shot with us. We’ve got people booking major productions such as: House of Cards, as well as National commercials! If you want to be a fighter pilot. Provide the fighter pilot costume, a cockpit set, and we’ll work some magic. The idea here is that you are giving the essence of the character and focusing on your ACTING! I feel like we already answered this question, but it’s such a common one.. here it is again.
Q: Can I bring a makeup artist? Can you provide one for me?
A: No. Part of the reason we can keep our prices so low, and our turn around time so quick is because we ask that you come hair/makeup ready. We understand that you want to feel like a celebrity, but we have our process down to a science and we’ve come to learn that makeup can take a long time depending on who the artist is. If you really feel you need the Hollywood treatment, please have them come to you first and allow time for them to do your makeup before you arrive on set so that you can arrive hair and makeup ready.
Q: Other services offer Snacks or Craft Services. Do you offer this to your clients?
A: It is true that some services offer snacks and crackers and what have you. While we could do this, you are usually not here long enough to warrant it, as most people are in and out in two hours or so. If you get thirsty while you are here we are happy to provide you with a glass of water. Feel free to bring snacks with you however! We are here to provide you with amazing footage, and awesome clips for your demo reel at prices you can afford. If you are hungry, we recommend stopping at The Vortex on your way home!
Q: Do you shoot the speed scenes on location?
A: Define “On Location”. If you mean somewhere that isn’t your own house.. then yes, we most certainly shoot on location. We shoot 90% of the scenes at our home office (yes, we live there too) in Lawrenceville, Georgia. We have set aside space for different sets for this purpose. Occasionally we travel to other locations when a client requests it, but it comes at an additional cost pending how far away the location is from our office. We have many sets available to use here, and typically we can work much faster utilizing our own sets and locations. If you want something specific however, by all means contact us!.
Q: Do you work with kids?
A: Heck yeah we do! We love kids! Some of our best little actors are kids and we love to watch them grow!. However, parents.. yeah we’re looking at you. Don’t be a stage parent. Let your kids do their thing and enjoy the process with them. Let us do our job and help them look their best on camera. We promise, we’ll take good care of them. We know you only want what’s best for them, but sometimes that doesn’t correlate to what’s best on camera. We’ve shot 200+ scenes at this point, we know what we’re doing. Let us work our magic! Please only one escort per child.
The entire family doesn’t need to come watch Little Junior do his thing. We simply don’t have space for everyone.
(and showing up with an entourage would never fly on set anywhere).
Q: I shot a Speed Scene with you and I neglected to download my scene can you send it to me again?
A: Ya know, you’d think that for something so important to one’s career that you’d take the 2 minutes it takes to download it to your computer. How else are you going to upload it to Actor’s Access? Sure, we’ll send it to you again because we’re nice people and we don’t delete things immediately. However, please for the love of Pete download your scenes when we send them to you as we do clear our temporary drives regularly. You should NOT be sharing the links we give you on social media, they are not for public consumption. If you want to share it on Facebook, download it and upload it directly to Facebook or Youtube. Thanks!
Q: I want to book one of your services but I hate paying online. Can I pay in person?
A: We offer the ability to pay online so that we can keep track of all our transactions quickly and easily. We also require that you pay up front so that we can ensure that your date stays locked in and because we’ve had too many people decide to book with us and then back out after we’ve done a ton of work writing scenes for them. We write every scene custom for our actors so no two actors ever do the same scene. That takes a lot of our time to do so we require payment up front. If you absolutely abhor paying for things online.. email us and we’ll see what we can work out. The answer will probably be no, but it’s worth a shot right?
Q: Why are you so mean?
A: We’re not mean, we just eat at The Vortex a lot which means we don’t sugar coat things for you. Did we mention how awesome that place is? You should eat there, like now.