Darwin’s process and creativity is something I’ve learned to trust and admire after working together for several years now. As a director, he allows the freedom to explore character, environment and also listens to the actor’s concerns. He understands and caters to each individual’s way of working. It’s important to collaborate with people you trust and feel comfortable with. Darwin has a very unique vision which never disappoints!
— Johnny Cannizzaro (Jersey Boys, Mob City)


At First Class Reels, we make sure to stay up to date with the latest industry standards, which is why we just upgraded to Blackmagic's 4K URSA for all of our productions.

Tips on producing your own demo reel

Darwin Carlisle, Director and Founder of First Class Reels, offers some tips for producing your demo reel.

Why Juliet Chose First Class Reels

Juliet Jarikre signed with Webster Talent Management within a month of finishing her demo reel.

Short Films

by Darwin Carlisle

As a director, I like to push myself to create moments that captivate the imagination while stirring the head and the heart at once.  I pride myself on being able to unlock talent from people with unique personalities and traits, and have led multiple performers to film festivals with my out-of-the-box style.  If you want to collaborate and make something beautiful, send me a message with your idea, or just hit me up and we can plan something together!

I had a fantastic experience working with Darwin. He is a total pro. Not only did he do an amazing job directing and editing the scenes we shot, but he was so easy-going and supportive that the whole process was seamless and fun. He’s got a great sensibility and knows how to bring out the best in both dramatic and comedic scenes. The gorgeous image quality of his new Blackmagic URSA camera is also a definite plus. If you’re in need of footage, Darwin is the guy to go to!
— Catherine Grady
Darwin was a joy to work with! He tailored the entire experience around me - we started by discussing what I wanted to showcase as an actor, what was currently missing from my reel, and how we could create something together that would fill that void. He is professional and talented, but more importantly he cares about the people he is working for. He has a unique talent...making people look good! I can’t wait to shoot with him again.
— Allison Walter, Actress
First Class Reels delivers feature film quality clips for actors’ demo reels without a doubt. Darwin Carlisle’s attention to detail as a director really shines through his work. He finds a great balance between the art forms that co-exist to make a great reel. Darwin went above and beyond the call of duty when he produced my reel, and I recommend him very highly. 5/5 stars for talent, communication skills, friendliness and professionalism!
— Sam Coffman, Actor

Dance-tress Acting Up