Phase II - Taping
All of the scripts have been selected, and the roles have been cast. Now it is time to begin the process of creating S.T.E.V.E. The purpose of this page is to give everyone an idea of where S.T.E.V.E. is going next, and what is needed to make the best DVD possible.
STEP ONE: PREPARE SKETCH FOR PRODUCTION
The original writer of each script will be the director of their creation. It is the writer who will be held responsible for ensuring that each sketch is organized and ready by the time of the shoot.
The writer is also responsible for finishing any writing that needs to be done. Every sketch being produced could benefit by reworked dialogue and structure. Some sketches do not even have a script yet. Writers should focus on including as much detail as possible so that sketches can be taped efficiently, and come out looking good.
All completed scripts should be submitted by email at least one week before the sketch's scheduled shoot.
Cast members should spend some time rehearsing their sketch. Execution is even more important than the script when it comes to sketch comedy. For proof, just watch SNL. In most cases, what will really make S.T.E.V.E. great are strong characters created by actors.
STEP TWO: CREATING A TAPING SCHEDULE
All taping should be done on weekends, and each shoot should take no more than 2 hours.
It is up to the cast of each sketch to determine the times that they are all available to tape, and what location to use for the sketch. The writer of each sketch should then let Sam or Jeff know their available times as soon as possible.
A taping schedule for each sketch will then be posted on the internet. The schedule will include all cast members needed, the call time, and the location of the shoot.
STEP THREE: VOLUNTEER TO HELP
Many of the sketches will need extras. Everyone is encouraged to come to as many shoots as they can, and even bring friends in order to fill these rolls. Theoretically, a Smile and Nod member could be in every sketch by acting as an extra.
Any help on the technical side would also be appreciated. We could always use additional cameramen, and crew.
STEP FOUR: BEGIN TAPING
It is crucial for every cast member to show up to their scheduled shoot. If people come organized, and ready to work, taping should be a blast!