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ISN'T IT TIME TO CREATE YOUR PERFECT ROLE?
MEET SHANNON HAMM
THE AGRTIST MONTHLY FILM CHALLENGE COORDINATOR
Shannon is an actress, producer and meditation teacher in NYC. Born and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania, Shannon spent her entire childhood performing in any way she could. Her first moment on stage was at age 3 for a dance recital and from that moment forward she knew she wanted to be an artist. After high school, she moved to New York City to study in the Integrated program at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Shortly after graduation, Shannon was lucky enough to land a job doing background work on the hit CBS Drama, The Good Wife. For 6 seasons, she was able to take in all that she could about the professional television and film world, all the while studying and pursuing speaking roles in indie projects and student films. Working behind the scenes at The Actors Green Room, Shannon has learned an invaluable amount about what happens on the other side of the table and in the audition room. She knows that the creative process encompasses so much more than just the talent on screen and loves the team process involved in making a film or television show come to life. Being on multiple AGR Monthly Short Film Challenge teams gave her opportunities to grow more as a producer and filmmaker and she is now thrilled to be the coordinator for the AGR Monthly Short Film Challenges! More at www.shannonhamm.com
the January challenge
January 2018 Challenge Dates (THEME: JUSTICE)
Tuesday, December 19th - Wednesday, January 3rd: The Pre-Production Period
(All actors must be registered with the link provided by their team leader by Wednesday January 3rd)
Thursday, January 4th - Wednesday, January 10th: The Production Period
Thursday, January 11th - Thursday, January 18th: The Post-Production Period
Thursday, January 18th: All of the JANUARY 2018 Short Films must be emailed to Shannon by 12PM EST
Monday, January 22nd - The January 2018 AGRtist Monthly Short Film Screening
(All scheduled screening dates are subject to change.)
This link is only for Team Leaders.
If you are not registering as a Team Leader, please do not use the link above.
Actors will receive a separate link to register from their Team Leader.
We cannot offer refunds to anyone signing up prematurely or incorrectly.
NEW: Introducing the Wild Card Teams!
Each month there will be 24 WILD CARD spots for actors to sign up. These spots will be $25 per person and will offer teams a mentor to help them as they create their film.
Once all 24 spots are filled, three teams of 8 will be assigned. These three teams will then have the month to develop, shoot, edit and submit their films for screening!
One person from each team will be RANDOMLY SELECTED as a TEAM LEADER. Another person will be RANDOMLY SELECTED as CO-LEADER. The team will have access to a mentor who will be there to answer questions and to help them with anything they may come across as a producer. Everyone on these teams will be considered associate producers on the film. The teams will also have access to the Short Film challenge Facebook group to share and get advice on their experience. **IF YOU ARE SELECTED AS A TEAM LEADER AND CANNOT DO IT, SOMEONE ELSE ON YOUR TEAM MUST VOLUNTEER TO TAKE THE POSITION IN ORDER FOR YOU TO STILL PARTICIPATE**
ANYONE is eligible to sign up for these spots regardless of their past experience with the challenge. Spots will be available on a first come first serve basis.
INTERESTED IN ACTING IN ONE OF THE SHORT FILMS?
Join our Facebook group! ou can look at the pinned post at the top of the page to easily see what teams are looking for actors.
the February challenge
WANT TO PLAN AHEAD?
Here are the February 2018 challenge dates!
Please Note: Registration will not be open for February until January. We cannot accommodate early registration but want to help you map out the dates if you were interested in possibly team leading this February.
February 2017 Challenge Dates (THEME: COURAGE)
Tuesday, January 23rd-Thursday, February 1st: The Pre-Production Period
(All actors must be registered with the link provided by their team leader by Wednesday January 31st)
Friday, February 2nd - Thursday, February 8th: The Production Period
Friday, February 9th - Friday, February 16th: The Post-Production Period
Friday, February 16th: All of the February 2018 Short Films must be emailed to Shannon by 12PM EST
Monday, February 26th - The February 2018 AGRtist Monthly Short Film Screening
(All scheduled screening dates are subject to change.)
Art As Activism Campaign
This campaign is designed to help the filmmakers of our community get more in touch with why we are creating the art we are. What do we care about? How do we want to lend our talents and voices to the world through our expression? It provides an opportunity to create a film that speaks to your voice as an artist, whether political, social, or personal.
The themes are created to promote individual filmmaking done each month in a cohesive narrative within the group. Themes are chosen to help inspire and get filmmakers thinking on a broader creative spectrum about how they want to bring their ideas forth. For some the theme may inspire a political or socially concsious piece. For others a more personal piece. The themes are intended to move filmmakers into thinking about WHY. Why do I want to create this piece? What does this piece offer the world that wasn't there before it.
The themes for the year are now released, so you can plan accordingly where your film might best fit! Enjoy making beautiful art! We hope these themes and this program inspire you to go within yourself and outside of yourself to create art that moves its audience and the world around it.
The remaining themes for 2017 are:
December - Abundance
The themes for 2018 are:
March – Whistle Blowing
December- Joy of the Fairytale
THE CHALLENGE LAYOUT
The day after the previous month's screening, the registered team leaders for the upcoming month can begin pre-production (ie. writing, casting, hiring crew etc). You will have up until the first day of production to plan.
Everyone will have approximately ONE week to shoot your film. We DO NOT RECOMMEND using more than three days to shoot, but this gives team leaders the freedom and flexibility to use dates that work best for them and their team.
After the shooting period ends, teams will have another approximately ONE week for post production. At the end of the post production period, all teams must email a downloadable, password protected VIMEO link of their film to Shannon@theactorsgreenroom.com.
This will be due by NOON on the announced date!
The screening will be for teams, friends and family and other AGRtists. NO INDUSTRY WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE.
Registration for team leaders for will open up on the first day of production of the previous month. The announcement for team leaders will first be made on the film shoot out ALUMNI page. Additional announcements will be made on the AGR Short Film Challenge webpage and via email on the following day. Be sure to check back regularly and look at the Facebook Group for announcements! ONLY EIGHT teams are available each month! A team can have 1 team leader or they can have co team leaders. Each team will be led by a team leader (or a co- team leader) who will serve as the lead producer(s) for each team. If you are working with a co-team leader, only one team leader will register on the team leader bookeo link and the other will register on the actor link. We will keep both team leaders on the team leader email threads, and each team leader will get updates from Shannon, however we only want one team leader per team to register on the team lead page.
Casting for actors will take place in our casting facebook page! Team leaders can post a character description or breakdown. Actors can respond to the breakdown if they fit the specifications and want to submit to the team leader. ONLY TEAM LEADERS HAVE ACCESS TO POST ON THIS PAGE.
Team leaders should be available throughout the pre-production to post-production period. Actors are only needed for some or all of the week long day production period, depending on what their team leader sees as fit. Actors: please keep your schedule available for the ENTIRE PRODUCTION PERIOD unless otherwise stated by your team leader(s).
The completed films will then be shown at a private screening for participating teams and their guests. All AGRtists are invited to attend. Teams may then re-edit/re-shoot if they decide it's necessary and AGRtists may also use the footage for reels, submit it to film festivals, or post it on the web.
We also host "The Best of" every quarter to present your films in front of prominent industry professionals. "Best Of" films are chosen based on the combination of audience votes at the monthly screening and the votes from a hand selected committee of Casting Directors.
Note to all SAG-AFTRA performers: Actors are considered to be "local hire" for wherever their team is based (New York, Los Angeles etc). Neither The Actor's Green Room, team leaders, or producers are responsible for your airfare and / or accommodations if you choose to fly in from out of town to participate in The AGRtist Monthly Short Film Challenge. Any actors who financially contribute to the project in any way MUST be credited as associate producers. This includes paying the actor fee to participate in the challenge. Feel free to contact SAG-AFTRA for further clarification about being local hires.
Cancellation Policy for Actors
There are no cash refunds, but a credit for use towards a later Challenge will be issued for only the following reasons:
Paid Union Acting Work during the time of the Challenge (contract copy required & not applicable to background work.)
Illness (doctor's note required)
The Team Leader/Producer cancels the project
Cancellation Policy for Team Leaders
Team leaders and wild card teams will have up to ONE WEEK (8 days) prior to the first day of "production" to cancel their shoot in order for their actors to receive full credit. Because of the limited number of slots available, team leaders will only be credited back if another team leader replaces them. Any cancellations within ONE WEEK (7 days) of production from general or wild card teams will not be credited for both actors and team leaders.
How long can my film be?
ALL FILMS MUST BE NO LONGER THAN 25 MINS.
ANY FILMS OVER 25 MINS MUST BE EDITED BEFORE THE SCREENING OR WILL HAVE TO RE-REGISTER OR PAY AN ADDITIONAL FEE TO SCREEN THE FOLLOWING MONTH AT A 25 MINUTE CUT.
I am a team leader. Can I also act/direct?
Yes! We highly encourage team leaders to be in their own films!
How do actors join a team?
Team leaders can come to the challenge with a team already selected or they can choose to use our private film challenge FB group to find AGRtists that fit the description of what they are looking for. WE ENCOURAGE TEAM LEADERS TO SELECT ACTORS BASED OFF OF REELS AND HEADSHOTS/RESUMES AS OPPOSED TO AUDITIONS. THIS IS A GROUP PROJECT AND WE WANT TO ALLOW ROOM FOR EVERYONE TO GROW AND LEARN AND PARTICIPATE. We understand that Team Leaders/Producers are often putting up their own funds to make their projects happen based on their vision. This is not about being "popular", it's about making sure team leader's are ultimately happy with their final product. If you want to ensure the participation in projects, we highly recommend creating your own team, or signing up as a wild card actor. If you are an actor who is not interested in team leading but feels as if they may be overlooked, we highly encourage you to attend a monthly screening or attend one of our "Best Of" screenings. Those screenings have become important networking functions and they are the best way to increase your chance in landing in high quality projects down the line. Like anything in this business, networking is very important. Attending other AGR functions such as C.R.E.A.T.E. has proven to be helpful to many newcomers to the AGRtist Monthly Short Film Challenge community. Don't be discouraged if you don't get on a team right away or on a certain month.
I don't have any equipment, can I still join?
Of course! You need to remember that filmmaking is a team effort. Each team, like we explained to you, will be lead by a Team Leader who will serve as the producer of your project. The producer is responsible for ensuring that the teams are fully equipped with what is needed to shoot. Team leaders are asked to join a private Facebook group once they are registered in their confirmation email. Once in this group they can interact with past team leaders in order to find recommendations for a crew including DPs, Sound Mixers, Editors, Gaffers, Directors. Many AGRtists have done this challenge and many past team leaders are willing to join new team leaders in order to mentor them in a "co lead" position.
OK, I'm actually looking to produce, but I've never done this before...
A majority of Team Leaders at the Challenge are first time producers. All team leaders will be a part of a Facebook page exclusively for present and past team leaders. That is where you will find everything you need to know for when you produce.If you are new to the AGR community, you can join the Green Lounge. If you are a member of IMMERSION be sure to request to join the IMMERSION lounge. Feel free to ask questions about the Short Fiilm Challenge Producing / Team Leading process if you are interested in learning more. Additionally, many team leaders will elect to use friends or people they know to be crew members on their projects.
Do I need to have insurance for my team if I am a team leader?
Yes. All teams need to have insurance for their productions under NY State law. Since New York State is a far higher authority than SAG-AFTRA, it's best to have all grounds covered and insure your production regardless of if your short film is registered under a SAG New Media Agreement or a SAG Short Film Agreement. AGR accepts no liability for any accidents/injuries that happen during the Monthly Short Film Challenge Process.
Well, doesn't it cost money to produce and how do I come up with that money and how much does it cost anyway?
Yes, it does cost money to produce. The range of cost to produce are anywhere between $500- mid $1000s. This includes food, transportation, sound equipment rental costs, and location costs, if needed. In some cases, crew members might ask for transportation reimbursement, etc. but that's subject to negotiation. There are several ways past team leaders handled the covering production costs. Some team leaders paid for everything themselves. Others entrusted in a people, from within or outside of the team, bringing in as Associate Producers or Co-producers. Team Leaders may ask for suggested donations from cast members. If this occurs, team leaders must list all of their cast members who contribute donations as producers in their credits. The way each team leader handles finances varies greatly, so AGR leaves all production decisions up to the team leaders. AGR is not involved in that part of the process and only serves as a platform to bring artists together.
What is the $20 actor registration fee for if it isn't for production costs?
The $20 is to pay for all administrative costs for AGR. Work is involved even on our end to ensure that this film challenge will be handled efficiently and professionally so that every team and actor are satisfied coming out of this. We are there every step of the way - starting with the team lead registration process, to helping with questions from actors and team leaders, to making sure that everything is being run professionally by being in constant communication with your leaders, and to ensure the monthly private screening venue is secured and set up smoothly.
It would cost a minimum of $500 to create an original, professional looking reel scene to put on your reel. With the Monthly Short Film Challenge, we are offering a space to do that with far less cost. It is only $20 if your team leader doesn't ask for actors to chip in for production costs. Even if they do suggest cast members join as full producers for production , it would be nowhere close to what would cost to make an independent reel scene. Considering all that, we believe that $20/person is more than fair. All actors who register to be on a team will be credited as associate producers for their contribution to have the film screened.
Do crew members get charged $20 also?
No, they don't. The $20 is strictly for actors. Most crew members are already providing camera equipment etc. for free on top of their skill set for your leaders to be able to run the shoot professionally, so charging them money on top of that would not be fair.
I'm a professional filmmaker, can I also produce/lead a team?
It is our position to keep the lead producer/team leader within the AGRtists acting community since the whole point of this project is to give actors opportunities to create their own work. That being said, we occasionally do need to add more leaders because simply there is not enough of them.
Do industry professionals attend those monthly screenings?
The monthly private screening's main purpose is to celebrate what we accomplished as a community in the monthly period. For that reason, the private screenings are strictly for the AGRtist community, crews involved and their guests. The monthly screenings are not for industry professionals since some team leaders might not feel ready to show their films to the whole outside world at that point. We believe in keeping the monthly private screening in a safe environment for the AGRtist community. That being said, every couple of months, we host "The Best Of" screening where we do invite industry professionals! Films in "The Best Of" are chosen by a separate committee of CD's after the votes from members who attended the monthly screening's are tallied. For more information about "The Best Of" email Shannon or check out our Facebook group.
Can I see any of the films from the Challenge online?
Most likely, no. Many of the team leaders and producers are hoping to use their film footage for film festivals or are wanting to continue to edit the films after the screenings. Because of this, many leaders chose to not have their films available online for public consumption. After the challenge, each film's lead producer/team leader will retain all the rights to the film, including exhibition. We don't claim any rights to the films. We recommend that if you want to see the films, that you attend the monthly screenings or purchase tickets to "The Best Of" every few months.