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01 April 2013 @ 09:41 am
Intro & sign ups  

Level Two is the platform for a new fest inspired by the video above. The concept is pretty simple, but the execution is little more complicated. Intrigued? Read on!

What we’re going to do, is to create an Auror TV show...in fic and art. Writers and artists team up to create a specific number of episodes that, when they come together, create a series with a main story arc plus sub arcs (monster of the week-style). Or, if you will, one epic H/D auror fic with different writers for each chapter. Like a TV series! Only it’s fic!

We will - in unison - be creating the series name, concept art, promo stills, trailers, gag reels and the episodes themselves. There will be a maximum of sixteen episodes, with the season premiere in the first week of September and the season finale in the week before Christmas.
A large part of the planning phase will take place over the next couple of weeks in the form of group discussions between all members of the community as to what they want to see involved. Who in particular will the aurors be working against, if there's a twist in the plot with regards to the bad guy, whether the development of Harry and Draco's relationship will be a key part, or are they already an established couple and more are all be things to be considered. All members have the right to make suggestions and talk through their thoughts until a consensus is reached and the planning can move forwards. The only things that must be adhered to are that Harry and Draco must play a part and that each episode revolves around working as aurors.

Promo material will be posted on the comm in the month leading up to the season premiere. During the run of the season, additional promo material, behind the scenes-stills, outtakes and other things, will be posted. Episodes air Fridays.

April 1st-14th: Application period
April 15th: Notifications of positions will be sent out.
April 15th-May 1st: Planning period
May 1st- August 31st: Preliminary creating period
August 1st: First release of promo material
September 6th: Season premiere!

Now understand that not everything has to be created and done before September. All the material for August needs to be done by July 26th. All the material for September needs to be done by August 23rd. After this point, we will operate with weekly deadlines; your deadline is the Friday before your air date. Example: Episode #10 has a November 8th air date. Your deadline is November 1st.

We need:
16 writers
for the 16 episodes (co-writing an episode is cool, please indicate in your application if you’re signing up as a co-writing team)
Who can work both individually and as part of a team to create an episode and provide planning input on the overall story arc as part of the creative team.
To create art, graphics or videos to support the show in a variety of ways including promotion, episode stills and outtakes.
5 pinch-hitters
To jump in if a writer or co-writing team needs to drop out. Pinch-hitters would also be involved with the planning stages of the project, however, would not be expected to produce anything unless people were to drop out.
2 producers
Who would oversee the production of the episodes, facilitate planning discussions, polls etc and ensure that the production team knows what to do and when.
A team of editors
The team would beta-read the episodes and assist the producers in ensuring the flow of the series is as expected. Writers, artists etc can double up on their responsibilities with this position, but people without other jobs for this project would also be required.
1 show runner
To oversee the whole project and work closely with the producers. They would have to chase up episodes, artwork, videos etc and make sure that everything needed was being produced. Also to provide an opinion if there are differing opinions on where to go etc

Your application:
Sign-ups are NOT on a first-come first-serve basis. You are all required to fill out applications for the position you want. You can apply for up to two positions if you want more than one, but you might not get both positions. Consider very carefully whether you have the time and effort to spare for your part in the project. This project is big and complex enough that it might fall apart if too many people drop out because of whatever reason they have - understand that for this, you can’t sign up on a whim. You need to put effort into your application to show us that you really want this.
In your application, please indicate when you intend to do your writing/arting/whatever you’re signing up for or when you absolutely will not be able to work on this. It will help us put together a team of people who won’t all be working in the third week of October.

If you do need to drop out it is very important that you let either the mods or the producers know as soon as possible so that a pinch-hitter can take over for you.

Finally: Participating in this is a challenge. Writers are required to write an episode of 5-10k words (where 15k are the absolute maximum), which is practically a chapter in a longer story. Continuity needs to be adhered to, for starters. It can be difficult to write only a part of the story and not the whole, so the challenge lies also in limiting yourself to your episode and your episode only. On the other hand - as a writer of an episode, you do have a lot of freedom. Want to bring in a background pairing? Sure thing. Want to introduce an OC? Go for it! Want to write a (spoof) Halloween episode that is removed from the main continuity? That's cool with us. Want to write a prank war episode? Sounds awesome. Just make sure to bring your ideas to the planning stages so that it can all be arranged accordingly.

All applications are screened. Please ensure to reply to the correct thread when applying (if you are applying for more than one position, then please only comment under the thread for the position you want most and not once per thread).

Application form
Position(s) wanted:
Past experience: (e.g for writers a link to a fic of 5k or longer (any fandom), artist/graphics/vidder a link to past work, please list any relevant fandom or real life experience in organisation, editing etc.)

One last thing. While this all may seem intimidating, the main purpose of this fest is to have fun. We wanted to bring something new to the fandom - something fresh and exciting. It’s a fest concept that two of us haven’t really done before, so we’re treading new ground as well as you guys. Therefore we’ve felt forced to set down some pretty heavy rules, for our sakes as well as yours. We just want to make clear that we will not be accepting people for this project based on the quality of their works or fandom fame or whatever else. We’ll accept people based on how much they want to join (guys, just writing the application itself is a big deal for us) and their availability. We don’t want this fest to be exclusive, but we do have to set some limits in order for it not to spiral out of control. We can’t really have 35 episodes, that’s just overkill. We hope you understand.If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re nice people and we don’t bite. :)
- Chloe (mrs_jack_turner), Karen (nerak_rose) and Vlo (vlorahp).

ETA to clear up some confusion:
1) The lingo we're going with is very TV for the sake of the theme of the fest. When we say "episode" we mean chapter. When we say "air time" we mean posting time. etc. :)
2) We are not asking for anything in script form. If you want to write an episode (chapter) in script form, that's up to you and the other participants (community consensus), but it's not a requirement.
Current Mood: accomplished
leveltwomodsleveltwomods on April 1st, 2013 07:43 am (UTC)
Please post your application as a comment to this comment if you want a position as a writer.
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Re: WRITER SIGN-UPS - leveltwomods on April 1st, 2013 08:50 am (UTC) (Expand)
leveltwomodsleveltwomods on April 1st, 2013 07:43 am (UTC)
Please post your application as a comment to this comment if you want a position as an artist.
leveltwomodsleveltwomods on April 1st, 2013 07:43 am (UTC)
Please post your application as a comment to this comment if you want a position as a pinch-hitter.
leveltwomodsleveltwomods on April 1st, 2013 07:44 am (UTC)
Please post your application as a comment to this comment if you want a position as a producer.
Analissa Eloise DoylleAnalissa Eloise Doylle on April 6th, 2013 05:30 am (UTC)
Username: Currently using lj through google login 'Analissa Eloise Doylle' because of reasons.

Contact: Not sure what you mean by this? If you mean how to contact me then lj messaging should be fine.

Position(s) wanted: Producer or editor. Probably wouldn't have time to do both, and would prefer producer but would love to be involved either way.

Availability: I do have busy periods in real life, but not ones that will last for more than a few days. I do have some important things on in September and October this year, but stuff like this is what I do in my (quite regular) breaks. Oh, and I'll probably go on holiday for a week in November and maybe another time which hasn't been planned yet.

Past experience: I administrate an online writers club, which involves running exchanges, contests, improvement courses, and activities like that. Incidentally, I've also produced some actual short films of my own, which I also wrote the screenplays for. I've had some minor (non-fandom) publications as an author (unfortunately I don't think I have the time to write for this). I've done quite a bit of betareading online and for friends, and am the kind of person that will annoy everyone I watch a movie with by picking out all the character inconsistencies and plotholes.

Anyway, even if I don't make the team I'm very excited about this project!
leveltwomodsleveltwomods on April 1st, 2013 07:45 am (UTC)
Please post your application as a comment to this comment if you want a position as an editor.
leveltwomodsleveltwomods on April 1st, 2013 07:46 am (UTC)
Please post your application as a comment to this comment if you want the position as the show-runner.
Bring forth the tale of dicksbirdsofshore on April 1st, 2013 08:13 am (UTC)
This is very exciting! I still don't 100% understand, but WHOA it sounds cool :D
leveltwomodsleveltwomods on April 1st, 2013 08:18 am (UTC)
If there's something that's very unclear, please just ask. :) we've been steeping in the fest concept for so long that we know the workings of it, but explaining it to others? well.... we'll be happy to explain further if need be. :)
Catscatsintheattic on April 1st, 2013 09:33 am (UTC)
That's such an incredibly awesome idea! *excited*
leveltwomodsleveltwomods on April 1st, 2013 10:24 am (UTC)
Thank you :D *excited too*
ashindkashindk on April 1st, 2013 09:54 am (UTC)
I'm so excited about this! I don't think I have the time, nor the skill to actually participate, but I can't wait to see the finished product!
leveltwomodsleveltwomods on April 1st, 2013 10:24 am (UTC)
Eeeh :D Glad we're not the only ones being super excited XD
reijamira: [HP] Drarryreijamira on April 1st, 2013 12:22 pm (UTC)
WOW!! Just wow! I wish any of my skills were more advanced so that I could participate. I love Aurors and THIS is such an excellent and terribly awesome idea, I'm getting very excited here! Thumbs up!
leveltwomodsleveltwomods on April 1st, 2013 01:03 pm (UTC)
Awww, don't say that! I'm sure your skills are just fine. :)
Vaysh Swiftstormvaysh on April 1st, 2013 12:50 pm (UTC)
Fascinating. You guys are awesome to have come up with this format. Whoot!
leveltwomodsleveltwomods on April 1st, 2013 01:04 pm (UTC)
Heeeeh thanks :D
evening12evening12 on April 1st, 2013 02:58 pm (UTC)
Still deciding whether or not I could actually be involved but this is a pretty sweet idea. Can't wait to see the finished product.
leveltwomodsleveltwomods on April 1st, 2013 04:01 pm (UTC)
We can't wait either! :)
Sue Whitetari_sue on April 1st, 2013 04:31 pm (UTC)
This sounds fabulous! I won't sign up because I think you need better people, but I look forward to the end result :)
leveltwomodsleveltwomods on April 1st, 2013 09:03 pm (UTC)
i doubt you're "worse" than anyone else. :)
Balls, darling. You're more than 'good enough'... - wemyss on April 3rd, 2013 02:26 pm (UTC) (Expand)
l.m.incandescent on April 1st, 2013 04:52 pm (UTC)
Oh, wonderful! You, my friends are gloriously creative. I'm curious - does it have to be H/D, or can it be gen? I assume this is depending upon discussion, but I was wondering if the pairing was fixed. And would this be posted as one fic on AO3? Or a collection? I really, REALLY like this idea.
leveltwomodsleveltwomods on April 1st, 2013 09:05 pm (UTC)
it's all up for discussion. :) even the posting hasn't been determined yet. we've been discussing various ways of posting and eventually decided that has to be up to the participants. I for one won't mind a big fic on AO3 with a bunch of creators listed. :)

the pairing hasn't exactly been fixed as such. it has to revolve around Harry and Draco, but if the major consensus is a gen fic rather than a romance one, then that's what it's going to be. :)
omi_ohmyomi_ohmy on April 1st, 2013 05:25 pm (UTC)
Wow, this is a brilliant idea! Very exciting. This is going to be great, and I'm very impressed at you all for putting this concept together.
leveltwomodsleveltwomods on April 1st, 2013 09:06 pm (UTC)
ohh thank you! we're super excited too :D