Sketch-a-thon is on!
Do you love Sketch Comedy?
Do you scour YouTube for the latest Saturday Night Live episodes?
Do you aspire to write, produce, direct, edit and/or act in funny videos, but lack the time, money, or resources to do it?
Then this is for you.
The LMA Sketch-a-Thon is a weekend sketch comedy writing and video production program.
It has been designed as a low cost, low commitment way to help you refine your screenwriting and filmmaking skills, work with some of the best comedic talents in Australia, and add to your showreel over the course of a single weekend.
How it works
Two weeks before the Sketch-a-thon weekend all participants will be sent a writing brief. Participants will then have two weeks to write as many sketches (based on the brief) as they can.
The brief will typically include: the total number of characters, the specific cast members who will act in the sketch/es, and at least one venue/location where the sketch must take place and filming permission has been secured.
An example might be a three-person sketch, set in a cafe, starring actors Larry, Lisa, and Lou.
Then, on Sketch-a-thon Weekend, everyone brings their sketches and the fun begins. The two-day breakdown is as follows:
Day 1 - Saturday
The first half of the day is run like a professional Writer’s Room where all the sketches are read, notes are given, and rewriting and editing takes place.
The actors arrive to read the chosen sketches and rework them further using the “improv to sketch” methodology perfected at The Second City.
Day 2 - Sunday
On day two, production begins – often with the assistance of up-and-coming Producers, Directors, and Editors – who are tasked with taking the final approved 1-5 minute script/s and making comedy video gold.
Mornings are typically spent filming and afternoons are spent on post-production. The deadline to send in videos is 6pm Sunday night.
All participants are encouraged to get involved both days and are responsible for bringing all the necessary equipment – from laptops and cameras to any other production tools/equipment you may have access to.
The goal of Sketch-a-thon is to have a great time, learn a ton, and produce funny stuff. It is not about perfection or Hollywood level production. It’s about getting out there and making things.
If it goes well and we have enough interest we will run Sketch-a-thons every term, perhaps even monthly.
The great thing about comedy is that if something is truly funny, you don’t always need high production values – just look at some of the most viral videos you see – shot on phones, dash cams, security cameras – if the idea is great and the talent delivers, the comedy will take care of itself.
If this sounds like fun to you, come along to the LMA Sketch-a-Thon! Meet new people, make funny stuff together, get screen credits, and remember, there’s no such thing as failure.
Interested parties should join the waitlist now so they can be first in line when we kick things off.
Sketch-a-thon is sponsored in part by LMA’s video production arm, Comedy & Co.
- There are no hard prerequisites for participation in Sketch-a-thon, however…
- Writers will find a basic understanding of the rules of improv useful, and all scripts should be submitted in proper screenwriting format. If you don’t know what this is, Google is your friend. Note that we will spend some time covering this topic in the workshop.
- Actors/Performers should be prepared to learn lines and take direction and a basic understanding of long-form improv is expected as we will be spending less time on fundamentals and more time on using improv as a tool to explore and develop sketch ideas.
- Filmmakers (Directors, Editors, Camera Operators, Soundies, etc) should all have a basic understanding of their craft and be prepared to work quickly and collaboratively.