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THE HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL BLOG

March 08, 2014 by Stacy Jones Hill

2014 Hollywood Fringe Intern Positions

To apply for any of these internships, send a cover letter and resume to [email protected].

Support Intern
The Fringe Support Team is looking for individuals with an interest in fast-paced festival administration, participant services, and problem solving!

Qualifications

  • Customer service and/or administrative experience.
  • Candidates are expected to have a working knowledge of participant expectations and the registration process.
  • Keen eye for detail.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills a must.

Responsibilities

  • The Intern will act as the one of the first points of contact for Hollywood Fringe Festival participants and aid in expediting requests and concerns sent to support.
  • Intern will assist in delegating support requests to festival staff, organizing support “triage,” as well as assisting in on-site participant services.
  • Intern must be well versed in the Fringe website.
  • Intern may also be responsible for aiding support related queries by phone.

What You Will Gain

  • As an integral member of support services, the Intern will learn the ins and outs of the festival, aiding participants in areas such as registration, finding a venue, meeting deadlines, marketing, ticketing, and settlement.
  • The Intern will receive hands on festival experience, and can expect to increase his/her understanding of support services and agent interface.

Details

  • Immediate availability for remote training.
  • This internship will require up to 20 hours per week in June, a majority of which will be spent responding to emails to maintain our 24 hour response time.

FringeTV Production Intern (1-2 Interns)
Applicants are encouraged to watch an episode or two of FringeTV 2013.

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 work closely with the Assistant Editor to sort through footage.
  • 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).

FringeTV Assistant Editor Intern
Applicants are encouraged to watch an episode or two of FringeTV 2013.

Qualifications

  • Interest in film post-production, specifically editing.
  • Intern should have at least a basic level of experience with Final Cut Pro and should be proficient in basic computer skills.

Responsibilities

  • Intern will work closely with the FringeTV Production Team and editor to help streamline the post-production process.
  • Work will primarily include data entry and organization for the FringeTV editor.
  • Intern will pick up data from the Production Team and be responsible for making copies, compressing video, syncing audio, and organizing Final Cut projects before transporting hardware from the festival to the FringeTV editor’s home.
  • Organizing and processing footage with help from the Production Intern.
    Completing and uploading participant interviews will be the intern’s first big project. This will involve minor edits.

What You Will Gain

  • Intern can expect to gain experience in post-production and editing.
  • Intern will have the opportunity to work closely with the FringeTV editor to learn about editing in a fast-paced environment with quick turnaround.
  • Intern will see direct results of efforts as FringeTV goes online during the festival.

Details

  • Intern must provide own transportation (modest mileage reimbursement provided).
  • Full availability in June (30+ hours per week).

FringeTV Social Media & Communications Intern
Applicants are encouraged to watch an episode or two of FringeTV 2013.

Qualifications

  • Interest in film publicity, social media (especially YouTube and Flickr), and communications. Any experience in these areas a plus.
  • Intern should be proficient in basic computer skills.

Responsibilities

  • The Intern will assist that Hollywood Fringe staff, including the Communications Director, with increasing visibility for FringeTV videos.
  • Once videos have been posted, the Intern will be responsible for tagging and writing descriptions for the videos and communicating with the appropriate staff members to make sure they are shared on other social media channels. Additionally, the Intern will help with YouTube annotations and bulletins on the FringeTV channel.
  • When participant interview videos are posted, Intern will inform the interviewee.
  • Intern will work closely with the Festival Director to coordinate social media posts on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Intern will act as a representative of the festival when dealing with artists and audience members.
  • With help from the Assistant Editor, the Intern will select and upload photos to Flickr.
  • Intern will write blog posts for the Fringe blog to promote videos each week.

What You Will Gain

  • Intern can expect to gain a good understanding of the dynamic between FringeTV and the Fringe Festival, increasing his/her knowledge of social media and how it directly impacts festival visibility and participation.
  • Intern will gain valuable public relations experience.

Details

  • 20+ hours a week throughout the month of June.

Volunteer 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.
  • Daily tasks include keeping work space clean and organized, running staff errands, and assisting Front of House with stocking/organizing merchandise.
  • 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, possibly until 2 or 3 am.
  • This internship requires working six days a week, minimum four hours per day.
  • Intern will work directly under the Volunteer Coordinator.

Fringe Central Production Intern
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 Station 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.

March 08, 2014 by Stacy Jones Hill

Meet Our New Volunteer Coordinator

Thanks to everyone who applied to be our Volunteer Coordinator! We had a great pool of applicants and it was a difficult choice. Ultimately we decided on the amazing Stina Pederson, who has been volunteering for the past couple years. You can meet her in person if you volunteer, but in the meantime, here’s a little letter she wrote to tell you more about herself.


Here’s Stina as the Blue Freak in 2012

Hi Fringers!

I am thrilled to be joining the Hollywood Fringe Festival as the new Volunteer Coordinator. I began participating in the festival as a volunteer in 2012. My first Fringe memory is of putting on a Fringe Freak bodysuit in the backseat of Stacy Jones Hill’s car on the way to the WeHo Pride Parade. It was that kind of intimate, weird, and oh-so-fun experience that brought me back the following year to volunteer once more. When I saw that the festival was seeking a Volunteer Coordinator, I jumped at the chance to be an integral part of pulling people in and immersing them in the glory that is Hollywood Fringe.

I first got a taste of the fringe theatre scene in Seattle, WA, where I produced and stage managed a zero-budget and beautifully directed and acted stage version of Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood. I wanted to make more art and I happened to be engaged to an actor who always wanted to make more art, so we set out from Seattle in 2008 on a journey around the world with grand dreams of earning our keep on the streets—as buskers, of course.

Our journey brought us to Los Angeles, the perfect place for my now-husband to keep acting and for me to pursue other artistic passions like writing and music while still being involved in producing. I’m so thankful I landed at the Fringe Festival, which reminds me of my first foray into fringe theatre and gives me the opportunity to keep that part of me alive and kicking.

This year will be awesome. I can’t wait to get former and new volunteers and interns plugged into the vibrant community of the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Look out for upcoming Volunteer Orientations and follow the Hollywood Fringe Volunteer Twitter account (@hffvolunteer) to stay up-to-date on volunteer opportunities and the witty stuff I might say.

Stina


March 02, 2014 by Ben Hill

Fringe Walk-Throughs and Office Hours

Starting this week, and continuing throughout March, participating Fringe venues will be hold walk-throughs on Tuesday evenings according to the following schedule:

Theatre Asylum 4:30pm – 6:45pm
Studio C Artists 4:30pm – 7:00pm
Lounge Theatre 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Complex Theatres 4:00pm – 6:00pm
The Actors Company 4:00pm – 6:00pm
The Lex Theatre 4:00pm – 6:00pm
McCadden Place Theatre 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Schkapf aka Artworks Theatre 6:00pm – 7:00pm

NOTE: Though the venues plan to maintain a consistent schedule, you must contact them directly to RSVP. This is a great way to organize several venue visits in a single evening. Remember, venues not listed here are also willing to show their spaces by appointment; contact venues through the Fringe site or by phone to make arrangements.

The walk-throughs will be followed by an annual Fringe tradition: Office Hours! Please convene at Three Clubs for an informal gathering of Fringe folk for drinks and networking, starting at 7 PM on Tuesdays. Office Hours is a fun way to meet and talk about all things Fringe.


February 27, 2014 by Stacy Jones Hill

2014 Twitter Chat Schedule

Last year we held a series of Twitter Chats in order for Fringers to meet and mingle online before the festival begins. It turned out to be a great way to recruit audiences and make #fringeships long before June. You’ll get to tweet about how the process is going, different challenges you might be facing and you’ll get the opportunity to chat with Fringe staff members.

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

March 24th, 7:00-8:00pm PST
April 7th, 1:00-2:00pm PST
April 21st, 7:00-8:00pm PST
May 5th, 1:00-2:00pm PST
May 19th, 7:00-8:00pm PST
June 2nd, 1:00-2:00pm PST

All you have to do to join the discussion is use the hashtag #HFF14. 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.


February 26, 2014 by Stacy Jones Hill

The 2014 Hollywood Fringe Design Contest

You (or one of your friends) can be the head graphic designer for the 2014 Hollywood Fringe Festival! All you have to do is enter our design contest.

Dates of the Contest

You can start submitting your designs for the qualifying round starting Monday, March 10th. To ensure your design is eligible for the final round, make sure we receive your concept by the end of the day on Friday, March 14th. Here’s a direct link to the contest.

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 2014 festival.

Here are the guides from our first four years:
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 another $500 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!