Recording at IB
We’re rolling out the video capabilities in phases. Some of the sections below may not apply just yet (see the notes in green).
--Please send all video requests to: email@example.com--
The Benefits And Resources Available To You
- High quality multi-camera archival recordings are available to you, 100% free. For many shows*, we provide you the option of obtaining high-quality digital recordings of your sets. We offer these recordings to you at no cost to support the growth of our artists for review, self-promotion, and professional development. For example, you might use footage of your best sets to submit to festivals or to view during rehearsals. ImprovBoston does not make these recordings available to the public; they are only accessible by ImprovBoston and the individual artists involved with that performance.
The director, producer or contact for your act will receive an email from us the week following your performance with a link to your archival footage. We’re going to try to make these links automatically available to all recording-eligible shows, across the board. If you don’t get an email, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
*At this time, shows that feature primarily standup will not be recorded. We’re working with the producers and community to provide archival recordings in a way that feels positive, productive and comfortable for the majority of our comics.
- Collaborate beyond 40 Prospect. ImprovBoston now has the capability to live stream shows around the world. For certain shows, we can offer you a private link to share a real-time feed of your show with an out-of-town collaborator or an industry contact. Viewers are approved and added by ImprovBoston individually and the link is not available to the public. If interested, please give us at least one week’s notice so we can set up the link.
At this time, requests for private stream links will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Use live streaming to build a following. Our mission is to help you grow your fan base and support your profile nationally. At IB’s discretion*, your fans may purchase virtual tickets for a live stream of select performances. A streaming ticket is virtually identical to a traditional in-person ticket: the show is only viewable by that audience member in real-time. Through Gigity TV (a company with a performer-friendly mission that provides similar video services for Second City and iO), we offer a secure portal so your industry contacts, friends, family and fans can watch you perform live. When the show is done, the footage is logged in the secure archives and can only be viewed by ImprovBoston and the artists directly involved.
*At this time, the only show eligible for public streaming is Mainstage. We will likely add resident ensembles down the road (Face Off, Top Shelf, etc). Over time, we may offer public streaming to more acts as determined by both artist and audience interest. We’ll let you know if and when this becomes an option for your show(s).
A Few Limitations
- Exceptions to archival recordings include acts with pre-disclosed nudity. For the safety of the performer, we will not record, stream or photograph these acts. Producers of acts with pre-disclosed nudity who request a “no recording/no streaming” show will forfeit recordings of all acts in that evening’s performance. Performers who wish to have their specific act recorded in an timeslot/production/act with pre-disclosed nudity will need to make other arrangements and will not have access to the Gigity TV cameras.
- Archival recordings are all or nothing. Our AV systems require recordings be set up in advance. Recordings cannot be turned on or off mid-performance. We are unable to record some acts while “skipping” others in the same performance. This means if one act wishes no archival recording be made, the request will forfeit recordings of all acts in that evening’s performance. If you have a strong preference that no archival recording be available to you (or the other artists involved in the show), please let your producer(s) know in writing at least 48 hours prior to the performance. Producers may either cancel the recording or suggest you seek another performance venue for your act should they feel the archival recording is of greater benefit to the other artists involved.
Some Intellectual Property Basics
- Your material is yours. As a nonprofit, we do not and will not own your creative content (unless you expressly engage in a co-producing arrangement). If you’re interested in IB’s artist-centered Intellectual Property options or would like information on co-producing, you can learn more here. We want your material to succeed at ImprovBoston and with all your future audiences.
- The theater reserves the right to make archival recordings of any performance on its stages (with the exception of pre-disclosed nudity noted above). Archives are not for sale and are not available to the public. Archival recordings may be available to you, your producers, any artists directly involved in that particular performance and the ImprovBoston administrative team.
- If you post or otherwise distribute a recording, get permission from any and all artists featured in the segment you make publicly available. ImprovBoston assumes no responsibility for recordings you make public. Here’s some free editing software you can use to make clips of just your act and avoid having to get permissions altogether.
- With your permission, we may occasionally use recorded selections or images to help promote the artists at ImprovBoston. Brief clips from an archival recording can help us market you and other comedians in the future. Common promotions include pre-show “trailers” in the theater or on our blog, sound bites on our website, etc. We do not and will not monetize these recordings. While we request your permission for these limited uses when you indicate your interest in an archival recording, if you change your mind after the performance, just shoot us an email. We’ll make sure not to use your clips.
At this time, we are only compiling archival footage for the exclusive use of the artist; the promotional opportunities detailed above may be rolled out down the road. We’ll keep you updated.
- A director or independent act producer may grant recording permissions for the ensemble. For simplicity and efficiency, we assume a director or producer represents all artists involved in any given act when requesting or declining archival recordings.
- We foster a community for comedy artists new, veteran and at every stage in between. As a nonprofit organization, we focus on enriching the lives of our audiences and our performers by providing stage time, training, marketing support, robust theater resources, mentorship when appropriate and a helpful, and enthusiastic staff, all within one of the city’s best known comedy venues.
- ImprovBoston is a safe home to hone skills, experiment with material, gain all-valuable stage time, seek mentorship and soak up the passion of a comedy community with firm roots in the principles of support, risk-taking, and saying “Yes.”
- Our receptive, eager audiences play host to some of the biggest names in the local and national comedy scenes who come to perform, network, collaborate, and teach.
- How can we help? We’re constantly looking for ways to better support our artists. If you have an idea, big or small, please let us know. Mike Descoteaux, our artistic director, is always eager to meet up, take a phone call or answer an email.
- This is your theater, too. Let us know how we can help you grow as an artist.
Feel free to contact us with any questions or ideas
Send all video requests to: email@example.com
Artistic Director Mike Descoteaux | firstname.lastname@example.org
Managing Director Tom Spataro | email@example.com