The UCB Theatre NY & UCBCOMEDY.COM Announce - BETA TEAMS


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The UCB Theatre NY & UCBCOMEDY.COM Announce - BETA TEAMS

Postby antny » Wed Oct 28, 2009 11:45 am

As many of you already know, in February 2008 the UCB Theatre introduced the creation of its third stage - UCBCOMEDY.COM. We recently completed a massive reboot of the website and we're now thrilled to announce the creation of the first ever House Teams for UCBCOMEDY.COM: BETA TEAMS!

Much like HAROLD TEAMS create improvised shows and MAUDE TEAMS create sketch shows for the UCB Theatre stage, BETA TEAMS will create Internet videos for UCBCOMEDY.COM.


WHAT IS A BETA TEAM?

--Beta Teams are teams of writers, directors/DPs, and editors who will work together to create and produce video content for UCBCOMEDY.COM

--Beta Teams are meant to create opportunities for writers, directors/DPs, and editors to:
-gain regular feedback on their material
-gain experience in a "writer's room"
-gain experience in many different production situations
-gain experience writing and producing for a deadline

--The longterm goals for Beta Team members will be to:
-build their packets and reels with solid material for future submissions to TV and movie jobs
-find other writers, directors/DPs, and editors that they may want to work with in the future on other projects



HOW WILL BETA TEAMS WORK?

--Beta Teams will consist of a mix of six (6) writers, directors/DPs, and editors. The team members will work together in varying capacities to write, produce, and upload videos to UCBCOMEDY.COM.

--Each team will be asked to upload roughly one new video per week to UCBCOMEDY.COM. Teams will be encouraged to create one-off videos as well as video series.

--Every team member will be encouraged to learn every job on the team (e.g. writers should learn to edit, directors should write scripts, etc.). As team members become more and more proficient in each skill, the production workload will hopefully be more evenly shared, and the quality and quantity of the team's videos should increase.

--Beta Teams will have access to the UCB camera (Panasonic HVX200), basic lighting rig and editing station (Final Cut). Teams will sign these out and will be responsible for returning them on time. Of course, teams may also use their own equipment.

--Beta Teams will meet with and work with an approved team director to get feedback on their scripts and videos on a self-determined schedule. The team director will basically work as a studio producer - deciding which scripts to put into production, giving notes on scripts and rough edits, helping to set production schedules, directing videos when needed, etc.

--Beta Teams will cast their videos from a list of interested performers from advanced Improv classes (500 & 600 level) as well as interested performers from the UCBT stage. Headshots and contact info for these performers will be made available to each team. And, of course, teams can use other means to cast their videos as needed for specific roles/types. Team members may also act in their own videos, but they should give priority to always casting the best possible person available for each role.

--Each team's videos will be featured on their own page on UCBCOMEDY.COM. Teams will also create a video bumper to intro all of their videos.

--In addition to the team's director, the Artistic Director will also give feedback on completed videos. The Artistic Director will choose some videos (at his/her discretion) to promote as "UCBCOMEDY ORIGINALS." ORIGINALS are chosen/developed from many different sources. In addition to their being featured on UCBCOMEDY.COM, ORIGINALS are also featured and promoted on the UCBCOMEDY YouTube channel and UCBCOMEDY-branded pages on other websites. Occasionally, we are also able to obtain income from advertising and other sources for ORIGINALS. When that happens, we share that income with the video creators.

-As with all new initiatives at the theatre, this process will change as needed.



WANT TO BE ON A BETA TEAM?

--Beta Team members will be selected from eligible submissions. To be eligible you must have completed a UCB Improv 401 (or higher) class OR a UCB Sketch 201 (or higher) class since August 2008, or you must be a current UCBT writer/performer.

--If you are selected to be on a Beta Team, you must:
-attend meetings, shoots, etc. as scheduled
-be a consistent and active contributor to the team with new ideas, scripts, etc.
-perform your share of production jobs, including P.A. jobs, etc. as needed
-be able and willing to make your team a priority

--If you are not willing/able to comply with the above requirements - DO NOT SUBMIT TO BE ON A BETA TEAM.

--If you miss more than two (2) meetings in a row, miss meetings on a regular basis, or fail to write and/or produce the required quantity of work - you will be replaced on your team.

--Beta Team members will be expected to pay their team directors for their time in meetings (this should be handled in the same way (logistically and financially) that Harold and Maude Teams pay their coaches. Teams should get approval for their team director from the Artistic Director.



HOW DO YOU SUBMIT?

--The submission deadline is Wednesday, November 18 @ 10pm.

--Submissions should be dropped off at the UCB Training Center (145 W. 30th St, 4th Fl). There will be a box behind the front desk labeled "BETA TEAMS" to hold submissions.

--IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SUBMIT TO BE A WRITER:
Your submission should consist of three (3) completed sketches written for video (NOT FOR THE STAGE). Each sketch should include a title and your name. Each sketch should be 3-5 pages. Show us your best stuff. Your submission should also include a cover page telling us what position you're submitting for and why you should be included on a Beta Team.

--IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SUBMIT TO BE AN EDITOR, DIRECTOR, AND/OR DP:
Your submission should consist of a directing/editing/DP reel, no longer than 5 minutes, submitted on a playable DVD (no computer files - it should be a DVD playable in any DVD player). Your reel should focus on your ability to make good comedy videos as much or more than your technical proficiency. We want videos to look good, but we're looking for people who can really make things funny. Feel free to include videos you've written - though you don't have to. Your submission should also include a cover page telling us what position(s) you're submitting for, why you should be included on a Beta Team, and any equipment you own that you could use to help produce videos (camera, editing software/computer, etc.).

--IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SUBMIT FOR MORE THAN ONE POSITION:
Your submission should consist of all of the above. Please submit everything together in the same submission. DO NOT SUBMIT SEPARATELY FOR EACH POSITION.

--IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE INCLUDED ON THE LIST OF POTENTIAL BETA TEAM ACTORS
Do nothing. We will contact eligible actors later in November to begin building this database.

--Your Beta Team submission should be placed in one (1) manilla envelope with your name, phone, email address, and all teachers names listed on the outside.

--Teams will be announced in December. The first Beta Team videos will be uploaded to UCBCOMEDY.COM in January 2010.
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Re: The UCB Theatre NY & UCBCOMEDY.COM Announce - BETA TEAMS

Postby RDFF » Wed Nov 04, 2009 9:25 am

About the direction to submit sketches written for video, not stage, could you explain what you're looking for (or not looking for) in a little more detail?

Like I notice a lot of the UCBcomedy.com videos are movie or commercial parodies, or take place in multiple settings- so they are best suited for video. On the other hand, Snapple Cap Facts, which is very good and very popular, could be done on stage with no changes. Would a sketch like Snapple Cap Facts, which could be done fine on stage or video be an acceptable submission?

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Re: The UCB Theatre NY & UCBCOMEDY.COM Announce - BETA TEAMS

Postby antny » Thu Nov 05, 2009 11:18 am

The scripts you submit should be written with the format in mind. Very static sketches and theatrical sketches don't work as well in the video format. Snapple Cap is a good example of a sketch that works in both formats - and it was originally a stage sketch - but the script was rewritten for pacing, length, etc. once they decided to turn it into a video.

If we see things like "Joe enters" in your script, it will be clear it's not written for video and that you have not thought about how the script would work in that format.

So - it's less about the idea than about how you write the idea - how it plays out.
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