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Sample Fringe Budgets

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Photo by Nick Cimiluca

Over the weekend at Workshop II, we did a lot of talking about where and when to spend your dollars when producing a Fringe show. The overall consensus was that there are no hard and fast rules— that you need to do what’s best for you, your production and most importantly, your story.


Here are two sample budgets from two very different productions. We hope this helps!



A big thanks to David LeBarron and Monica Miklas for sharing! 

Fringe and the 99 Seat Theatre Plan

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Greetings, Fringers!

I have little doubt that you are following the stories surrounding the changes to the 99 Seat Theatre Plan proposed by Actors’ Equity. We visited AEA’s headquarters in North Hollywood to ensure we passed on accurate information to you.

Question: How do the proposed changes to the 99 Seat Theatre Plan impact HFF15 productions?

Answer: Not at all.

The 2015 festival is business-as-usual in terms of AEA contracts. If you want to include a union actor in your project, you need to prepare a 99 Seat Theatre Plan application (available at Actorsequity.org) just as you always have. We have verification from Equity that they will be accepting these applications through most of June – even if the proposed changes (or some variant thereof) go into effect.

Once HFF15 is in the history books, we will sit down with AEA to discuss how any changes will impact 2016 Fringe participants and how we might operate within this new environment.

I hope this clears up some of those questions you have – at least for now. As we move through next year you can be sure we will be keeping you all in the loop.

Still have questions?

You can contact AEA directly by emailing: [email protected] or contact the Fringe at [email protected]

Thanks and Fringe On!

Ben Hill, Festival Director 
The Hollywood Fringe Festival
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2015 Fringe Intern Positions

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2014 Fringe Interns jumping for joy!

We are looking for smart, motivated individuals to help the Fringe staff mount the 2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival. It’s a big job but it’s also very rewarding one. Some of our past interns have even moved on to become Fringe staff. 

To apply for any of these internships, send a cover letter and resume to our Volunteer Director, Stina Pederson ([email protected]). Deadline to apply is April 30th. 


FringeTV Production Intern (1 Intern)

Applicants are encouraged to watch an episode or two of FringeTV 2014.

Qualifications

  • Interest in film production, including camera, sound, lighting, and script supervision.

  • Flexibility, excellent problem-solving skills, and the ability to take direction.

  • Strong verbal communication skills a must.

  • Willingness to perform a variety of tasks and eagerness to participate a must.

  • Should have proficiency in Google Docs (especially spreadsheets). Ability to bring/use personal laptop on the job a plus.

  • Production experience a plus but not required (note prior experience in application).

Responsibilities

  • The Production Intern will directly assist Hollywood Fringe staff in the production of FringeTV by performing a variety of production tasks in a fast-paced environment.

  • Work may include making sure the team stays on schedule, helping set up shots, conducting interviews, running sound, taking photos, and more.

  • The Intern will act as a script supervisor, assistant director and production assistant. There will be opportunities to use the camera and give creative input.

  • The Intern will assist by providing comprehensive visual coverage of the festival (with photos and video), both independently and according to a pre-set schedule.

  • The Intern will also assist with a variety of daily tasks like cleanup and errands.

What You Will Gain

  • Intern can expect to gain hands on experience in film production and leadership by working in various production roles.

  • Intern will learn about camera equipment and have the opportunity to use equipment.

  • Intern will see direct results of efforts as FringeTV goes online during the festival.

Details

  • Full availability in June (30+ hours per week).


Volunteer Intern (1 Intern)

Volunteers are the lifeblood of Fringe! Applicants should be excited to work with festival volunteers and learn the ins and outs of the Hollywood Fringe Festival.

Qualifications

  • Specific desire to be involved in the festival on a day to day basis is a must.

  • Background in customer service/administration desired.

  • The ideal candidate possesses the ability to lead by example and understands having fun within a professional context.

  • Ability to keep a level head in the midst of great fun and confusion.

Responsibilities

  • Volunteer management, deployment, and supervision at festival events.

  • Intern serves as a point of contact between festival staff and other volunteers.

  • Intern represents the festival at various public community events, and ensures that volunteers are following festival codes of conduct.

  • Intern will spend most time in the social space managing volunteers and fulfilling staff requests for help.

What You Will Gain

  • Intern can expect to gain experience in management and administration.

  • Intern will receive hands on festival experience and become well-versed in all aspects of the Fringe Festival.

Details

  • 25-30 hours a week in the month of June.

  • Hours may vary from morning obligations to late night hours.

  • Intern will work directly under the Volunteer Director.


Fringe Central Production Intern (1-3 Interns)

Applicants should enjoy creativity and physical labor.  

Qualifications

  • Ability to lift heavy objects (up to 75lbs) without assistance.

  • A knowledge of and experience with power tools (owning tools a plus).

  • Not scared of heights or ladders.

  • Can follow simple verbal instructions quickly and efficiently.

  • Positive, can-do attitude, punctuality, and clear communication skills.

  • A background in design, architecture, carpentry, art, or technical theater preferred.

Responsibilities

  • Work will primarily include creating interactive architecture and exciting environments within Fringe Central for Fringe parties and special events – working with Fringe Central Production Team to design, build, set, and strike.

  • Intern may be asked to run errands/pick-ups/drop-offs, gather supplies, etc, to streamline the production process.

  • Intern may be left unsupervised to complete projects and must be able to produce said projects with confidence, style, and integrity under a deadline.

  • Intern may be responsible for painting, hanging lights, festoons, paper mache, and other artistic endeavors.

What You Will Gain

  • Intern can expect to gain hands-on experience designing and building large-scale installations.

  • Intern will see the direct fruits of his/her labor at Fringe events.

Details

  • Intern must provide own transportation (modest mileage reimbursement provided).

  • There will be heavy days of work with little-to-no work in between.  Expect to work every Saturday, most Wednesdays and be on call to work Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays in the month of June. Mondays will always be off.

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2015 Twitter Chat Schedule

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Unfortunately, you'll need more than a typewriter to join the Twitter Chats. // Photo: FringeTV

Every year we host a series of Twitter Chats in order for Fringers to meet and mingle online before the festival begins. It’s a great way to recruit audiences and make #fringeships long before June. You’ll get to tweet about how the process is going for you as well as the opportunity to chat with Fringe staff members.

This year we’ll be hosting the Twitter Chats at the following times:

March 23rd, 1:00-2:00pm PDT
April 6th, 7:00-8:00pm PDT
April 20th, 1:00-2:00pm PDT
May 4th, 7:00-8:00pm PDT
May 18th, 1:00-2:00pm PDT
June 1st, 7:00-8:00pm PDT

All you have to do to join the discussion is use the hashtag #hff15. The chat will be moderated by the @HollywoodFringe account. Can’t make the time but still want to participate? All you have to do is schedule a tweet or two using one of the many available Twitter clients.

Twitter Tips:

  • You can only use 140 characters (including spaces and punctuation) in every tweet so brevity is key. 
  • To say something publicly to someone, you can type their Twitter handle into your message (anything that has an “@” before it is someone’s Twitter handle/user name). Other Twitter users will be able to see these messages. 
  • To say something privately to someone, you can send them a Direct Message (they will have to be “following” you first). 
  • To take part in the Fringe conversation, include the hashtag #hff15 in your tweets. You can also search the same hashtag to see what other Fringers are saying
  • Don’t spam people on Twitter. Use it thoughtfully. Post pictures of your rehearsal process, links to your fundraising page, ask people questions about their own production, but DO NOT send the same message fifty times to every Twitter handle you can find. This will directly oppose any goals you may have to make friends. 

2015 Festival Brand Contest

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Fame and fortune await the winner of our annual design contest! Pictured: 2010 Contest Winner, The Blue Freak // Photo: Chris Chambers

You (or one of your friends) can be the head graphic designer for the 2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival! All you have to do is enter our design contest.

Click here to navigate directly to the contest page.

Dates of the Contest

You can start submitting your designs for the qualifying round starting Monday, February 23rd. To ensure your design is eligible for the final round, make sure we receive your concept by the end of the day on Thursday, February 26th. 

What We Want You to Design

Every year, we produce a printed guide of all the shows produced at our festival. This contest is centered around the GUIDE COVER IMAGE; the seminal representation of the 2015 festival.

Here are the guides from our first five years:

2014 Guide
2013 Guide
2012 Guide
2011 Guide
2010 Guide

Generally, the cover image includes our mascots – “the freaks”. The five main freaks are included on the cover of the 2012 & 2013 Guides. The “look” of these freaks should be adapted to fit the your unique aesthetic so feel free to play into your comfort zone (see the links above for examples of previous adaptations).

The winner of this contest is immediately eligible for additional work finishing off the rest of the guide design. See below for more info.

The Big Prize

The winner of the contest will receive $799 (minus the commission taken by 99Designs) and be eligible for more money to finish off the guide, produce the button and complete other branding needs. Anyone can participate, they just need to create a (free) account on 99Designs.com.

We’d also adapt the images above to be used as print and online ads.

Other Info

Our team has lots of experience working with designers and we have in-house adobe suite experts, so we won’t be constantly going to you for minor updates.

We are ready to answer your questions, so feel free to communicate at will. Just email us at [email protected].

Thanks for your interest and we look forward to your submissions!


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