2012 BETA TEAM SUBMISSION GUIDELINES & INFORMATION
The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre Los Angeles is accepting submissions for new Beta Team members.
WHAT IS A BETA TEAM?
• Beta Teams are teams that work together to create and produce video content for UCBCOMEDY.COM and other online outlets for UCB. Beta Teams consist of:
• Beta Teams are meant to create opportunities for writers, directors, DPs, line producers, and editors to:
•gain regular feedback on their material
•gain experience collaborating with others from within the UCB community on various types of creative endeavors
•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 film jobs
•establish working relationships with with other writers, directors, DPs, line producers, editors, and performers within the UCB community that could hopefully carry over into other projects in the future
•establish an online presence by creating a unique team voice
As the online video landscape shifts and changes, so too might the responsibilities and duties of the Beta Teams, so team members should also be prepared to take on new challenges as these teams evolve.
HOW DO BETA TEAMS WORK?
• Beta Teams will consist of a mix of writers, directors/DPs, and editors. The team members will work together in varying capacities to write, produce, and upload videos to both ucbcomedy.com and UCB’s YouTube channel, amongst other potential sites as well, depending upon the project.
• Each team will be asked to upload roughly one new video every other week (approximately twice a month). Teams are encouraged to create one-off videos as well as video series. Projects may also be assigned by the Artistic Director.
• Every team member is 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 could increase.
• Beta Teams will have access to the UCB video equipment -- cameras, lights, etc. Teams sign out this equipment and are 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 coach or "executive producer" to get feedback on their scripts and videos on a self-determined schedule. The team "executive producer" serves a variety of functions, including but not limited to: 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 primarily cast their videos from within the UCB community; however teams can certainly cast their videos as needed for specific roles/types that may not exist fully within the UCB community (children, elderly folks, celebrities, etc).
• Teams will have their own playlist on the UCB YouTube channel, granting access to the 25,000 UCB YouTube subscribers. Each team's videos will also be featured on their own page on ucbcomedy.com. Teams will need to create a video bumper to outro all of their videos.
• In addition to the team's executive producer, the UCBTLA Artistic Director (Neil Campbell) and the UCB Director of Production and Content (Todd Bieber) may also give feedback on completed videos. The Artistic Director and the Director of Production and Content will choose some videos (at their 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 "Originals" playlist.
WANT TO BE ON A BETA TEAM?
• Beta Team members will be selected from eligible submissions.
• To be eligible to submit as a director, DP, editor, or line producer, you must have successfully completed ANY UCB course.
• To be eligible to submit as a writer, you must have successfully completed UCB Sketch 201 (or higher), or you must be a current or former member of a UCBTLA or UCBTNY Harold, Maude, or Beta Team.
• IT IS OKAY TO BE ON A MAUDE/HAROLD TEAM AND A BETA TEAM, PROVIDED THAT YOU CAN MAKE THE SCHEDULE WORK.
• 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 executive producer from the Artistic Director.
HOW DO YOU SUBMIT?
• We will begin accepting submissions on Monday, July 16th, 2012.
• The submission deadline is MONDAY, AUGUST 6th, AT 7PM.
• Submissions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT SHOULD YOUR SUBMISSION CONTAIN?
FOR EVERY APPLICANT:
In the body of the email, please include:
• Your name
• Your phone number
• Your email address
• A list of all your UCB teachers
• The position(s) for which you are submitting
• A brief letter explaining why you would like to be on a Beta Team.
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), combined into one .pdf file, attached to the email. Each sketch should include a title and your name. Show us your best stuff, the stuff that really makes you laugh; no need to include any particular type of sketch.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SUBMIT TO BE AN EDITOR, DIRECTOR, AND/OR DP:
Your submission should consist of your professional resume, listing relevant work or training, and a link to your directing/editing/DP reel, no longer than 5 minutes. Please don’t attach video files to the email; we will only look at online reels. It is fine if the reel is a private link; we won’t share it, but be sure to include the password if necessary. 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.
In the body of your email submission, in addition to all the info listed above, please also list any special skills or specialities you might possess (animation, SFX, sound mixing, etc). Also, if you like, include links to any other site where your work is hosted -- your personal YouTube/Funny or Die channel, etc (this is purely optional and not necessary to include). Finally, feel free to list also list any equipment you own that you could use to help produce videos (camera, editing software/computer, etc.).
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SUBMIT TO BE A LINE PRODUCER:
A line producer helps with the organizational and production side of the video process. The line producer ensures that projects are moving through the pipeline on time, helps secure locations, actors and props, and is basically in charge of the administrative side of the team. To apply for this position, please submit a resume which emphasizes relevant production experience, and in the letter within the body of the email, let us know in particular why you would be a good fit as a line producer.
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.
PLEASE NOTE: WE MAY HOLD IN-PERSON INTERVIEWS AS A FOLLOW-UP TO THESE SUBMISSIONS.