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 AND WATCHED SOME EXAMPLES!
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 acting 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! In fact, in most cases that is what we prefer. We are able to travel to you, within a reasonable distance in the metro Atlanta area. We will travel further, but additional fees may be required to cover travel expenses. When you contact us to book, we will determine the location for your shoot. There are many options, and we can even come to your home/location to 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: In most cases, no. Our most popular Speed Scene is our basic over the shoulder dialog style scenes. These have minimal movement, and minimal to no props. In our research, this is what casting directors are most interested in seeing because the purpose of this is to show them you can act, and that you look the part. They simply do not have time to watch an extensive scene with lots of action/movement. In most cases, 10-15 secs is all you get to grab them. However, if you wish to do something more advanced, we can do so at an additional cost.
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: 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 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: Yes, but please understand that we only keep scenes for a limited time before they are deleted from our temporary drives.
Q: I want to book one of your services but I hate paying online. Can I pay in person?
A: No, we require payment in full at the time of booking.
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.