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BEFORE you read any further, please be advised that this group is looking for dedicated people who will:
1. Show up for meetings (at least on an irregular basis)
2. Actively participate to the extent of their ability to do so (no voyeurs)
3. Complete any action items they have taken upon them selves (do what they say they'll do when they say they'll do it)

If any of the above require tools that are not in your tool box, this group is not for you. I already have a waiting list for new members, and I don't (yet) feel the need to pay more per month to permit more members in. While our membership ranks have swelled, we only had five people show up at the last meting. 

We have open meetings, meaning you don't have to RSVP to join us, or even be a member. Just show up at a meeting. With that in mind, be aware that I will revoke your membership if:
1. You don't show up for two consecutive meetings without some form of communication indicating your desire to remain in the group
2. You don't actively participate in the group -- at any level. At a MINIMUM, I expect you to participate in conversations and provide your thoughts, advise, and/or suggestions.
3. You agree to accomplish some task by a certain date and you don't follow through -- although if you are actively trying to do so, and you are COMMUNICATING with the group about your progress, I understand that dates may slide a bit.

OK, on with the group!!!

Are you creative? I mean, really creative? Is your talent going to waste? Are you bored and need an outlet for your creativity? This group was created with the express purpose of gathering together like-minded individuals to create. Create theater. Create music. Create musical theater. Create video. Create films. I would like to gather a team of creative people from a variety of fields to create content – the type of content depends on what the group would like to do. Create a web-based TV series? Create a comedic soap opera for public access TV. Create a play to be produced on stage? Create a documentary? Create a movie short? Create an animated short? Create a full length film?

The possibilities are endless. If you've ever stayed for the credits at the end of a movie, or looked through the Playbill of the last play you went to see, you had to notice that there are a lot of creative people involved in getting anything of quality produced.

While you can find a more complete list of those involved in a production online I'd like to propose a condensed list of the types of people I think we would need to get involved to start this particular project. Some of the roles I've listed below are optional, depending on the type of project we decide to embark upon (and nothing says we can't have more than one project in progress at the same time), but realistically I feel we need those listed below, and nothing says that one person cannot fill more than one role at the same time.

KEY CREATIVE TEAM
Authors, Playwrights, Screenwriters, or Librettists who craft the story that holds everything together.
Lyricists to write lyrics for songs.
Composers who are responsible for writing the musical scores needed for a film or play.
Directors to oversee creative aspects of a production, including content and flow of its plot and directing performances.
Producers to initiate, coordinate, supervise, and control fundraising, finding key personnel, and distribution.
Choreographers to design all aspects of dance, including the use of rhythmic or non-rhythmic articulation, theme and variation, and repetition. PRODUCTION DEPARTMENT
Executive Producers are producers who play a financial or creative role in ensuring that the project goes into production.
Production Assistants assist with general tasks, such as assisting the director with set operations.
Publicists liaise with the media to create press releases and works with the stills photographer.
Legal Counsel negotiates contracts, clears licensing rights, and obtains tax credits from local governments.
Script Supervisors who keep track of what has been filmed, noting deviations between what was filmed and what is in the script.
• A Storyboard Artist visualizes stories using sketches on paper or using Flash, Photoshop or other specialist storyboard software.

SCRIPT DEPARTMENT
• The Story Producer has overall responsibility for the story across episodes.
• The Script Editor helps the screenwriter identify problems and helps strengthen and develop the screenplay.

LOCATION DEPARTMENT
• The Location Manager is responsible for finding and securing locations to be used for the production.

CAMERA DEPARTMENT
• The Director of Photography, or Cinematographer, decides on lighting and framing of shots in conjunction with the director.
Camera Operators use the camera at the direction of the Cinematographer or Director to capture scenes on film or video.
• The Data Wrangler is responsible for managing the transfer of data from the camera to a computer and/or hard drive.

SOUND DEPARTMENT
• The Production Sound Mixer records all sound, including the choice and deployment of microphones, and mixing of audio.

GRIP DEPARTMENT
Grips are trained lighting and rigging technicians who put in the non-electrical components of lighting set-ups required.

ELECTRICAL DEPARTMENT
Electricians assist the lighting crew and are responsible for the execution of the electrical distribution around the set.

ART DEPARTMENT
• The Set Designer realizes the structures or interior spaces called for by the production designer.
• The Graphic Artist designs and creates of all graphic elements, including: signs, billboards, posters, logos, nameplates, etc.
• The Set Decorator decorates a film set, including the furnishings and all the other objects that will be seen in the film.
• The Greensman deals with the artistic arrangement or landscape design of plant material, real or artificial.
• The Head Carpenter is the foreman of a gang of carpenters and laborers.
• The Property Master is in charge of finding and managing all the props that appear in the film.
SFX Assistants build set pieces like breakaway furniture, create lighting pyrotechnics, and rig equipment for stunts.

WARDROBE DEPARTMENT
• The Costume Designer is responsible for all the clothing and costumes worn by all the actors that appear on screen.

HAIR AND MAKE-UP DEPARTMENT
• The Key Makeup Artist plans makeup designs for all leading and supporting cast.
• A Special Effects Make-up Artist works with live models or structures, applying make-up effects and/or prosthetics.
• The Hair Stylist is responsible for maintaining and styling the hair of all actors, including wigs and extensions.

POST PRODUCTION
Post-Production Supervisors coordinate between the producer, editor, supervising sound editor, and facilities companies.
• The Film Editor assembles the various shots into a coherent film, with the help of the director.

VISUAL EFFECTS (VFX)
• The Visual Effects Producer breaks down the script into storyboards and advises the Director how to approach the scenes.
VFX Creative Directors direct and supervise the creative side of the film's visual effects.
• The Visual Effects Editor incorporates visual effects into the current cuts of live action sequences.

POST PRODUCTION – SOUND/MUSIC
• The Sound Designer, or Supervising Sound Editor, is in charge of the post-production sound of a movie
• The Re-Recording Mixer balances all of the sounds and finalizes the film's audio track.
• The Music Supervisor works with the composer, mixers, and editors to create and integrate the film's music.

TALENT
Actors appear in front of the camera or provide voices for characters in the film or play.
Dancers dance.

So, if you'd like to get involved and help set the direction of the group, get in on the ground floor. Join us at our next meeting and let's Git 'R Done!

Finally, please note that while a Meetup.com membership is not free, I'm happy to host *no-cost* events for members. I don't mind paying the $15 a month fee, but if you have a dollar or two you can contribute now and then, it makes life that much easier. Just look for the "Chip In" button and make your contribution to the WePay site. If you can't afford to contribute, it's not a problem in the slightest. I just wanted to make you aware that you have the option to chip in, if you so choose.

The Meetup group here is for advertisement and recruitment only. We host our actual group interactions at https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/CreativeProductions/info. You may apply for membership, but you won't be approved until you show up for a meeting.

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