Nice Words

Hear what our clients are saying about First Class Reels!

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
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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 actors 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! I have no doubt that First Class Reels will be one of the premier reel production companies in Los Angeles!
— Johnny Cannizzaro, Actor (Jersey Boys, Mob City)
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For any actors needing help putting their demo reel together at a reasonable price, the man to contact is Darwin Carlisle of First Class Reels. His insights and suggestions are invaluable. Additionally, he is quite open and easy to work with, and his quick service seals the deal.
— Marty Rosen, Actor
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I handed Darwin a dozen clips and a request for a solid demo reel. A week later, I got back a project that my managers and I liked instantly, first edit. His clip selection, work ethic and editing skills are all top notch. I highly recommend his services to anyone wanting a quality reel at a fair price! — Russell Mills (SAG/AFTRA)

Working with First Class Reels was a great experience for me as an actor. The company has an RIP (Respect, Integrity, Professional) effect. Very important ingredients for a successful company.
— Joe Henley, Actor
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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
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How great it has been working with FCR We shot everything in one day and they had it finished for me within 2 weeks. Am I crazy or is that a miracle?! Top quality camera work and editing is what you can expect. Before the final cut was out, it was a top priority of FCR to make sure that I was happy with all the editing and music. I believe my reel is shown on the website if you’d like to check it out! (Meredith’s Aerial Reel) When it comes to making a real good reel, there is no other choice!
— Meredith J. McMurray, Aerialist
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Not only do you get topnotch, incredibly talented professionals making your work look GREAT, but you also get the small business attention to detail. Communication is open, they listen to you, take what you want seriously and then make it more beautiful than you could have ever imagined possible. Above all, they have an eye for beauty. First Class Reels is an LA gem, you won’t find this combination of high quality filmmaking and genuine passion for your finished product anywhere else.
— Fleur, Event Speaker
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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
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Darwin works with you to create film that shows your strengths. He collaborates in very positive ways from the writing to shoot to final editing process, and he keeps the project on track in a timely manner. He is always available for discussion and maintains professionalism at all times.
— Josie Peterson, Actress
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