Your submission must be filmed and recorded in front of a live audience (even if it is just a group of friends!)
The audience is important as this is where your host is going to get their suggestions for scenes. Also, a good audience serves as a source of energy for your players!
1. Your Canadian Improv Games presentation needs a host (referee) and a timekeeper
– Your host is responsible for collecting suggestions from the audience and ensuring that the show keeps moving in a timely manner.
– The entire recording should take no more than 30 minutes.
– Your time keeper is responsible for calling out time calls at 1minute remaining and 30 seconds remaining as well as ensuring that the scene ends at the 4 minute mark (although, teams are not required to use all 4 minutes).
2. Your performance does not need to be in a big auditorium, a large classroom or gymnasium is great!
3. If you do decide to use an auditorium, you can charge admission for this show if you like – proceeds could go to the improv program at your school or help to fundraise your way to Ottawa if you advance to the National Tournament!
– The entire video entry (which will include all 4 events) must be shot using one continuous camera angle, which includes event introductions, the gathering of suggestions, huddles and full scenes. In other words, keep the camera in the same spot and position throughout the entire filming! This means that if you are filming two teams at the same event, each team must perform their events back to back before the other team performs – they can not alternate events.
– If using in-camera sound, make sure the camera (or microphone, if using a separate microphone) is close enough to the performance that voices can be heard clearly. So, if in a large auditorium, don’t have the camera way at the back and zoomed in, have the camera as close to the action as possible, but in a spot where you can see the whole stage, for the best sound possible.
– We understand that improv on video can pale in comparison to seeing it live. All we ask is that we can clearly see and hear the action.
– Feel free to recruit others to help out with the video production! Many schools have an A/V team capable of shooting and editing video. Ask your students if they know anyone who can help out on the technical side of things.
– When processing your video submission keep in mind that the finished product should be no longer than 30 minutes. We recommend, when exporting your final video, to select a “medium” quality, giving you a file size of about 300MB.
– The submitted video can begin at the introduction of the first event.
– Upload your submission to YouTube (keep it unlisted if you don’t want it publicly viewable) and send us the link.
YOU’RE ALL SET!!