Guidelines / Code of Conduct

Being a member of a student organization such as KILROY sketch comedy entitles you to certain privileges. However, certain responsibilities are expected of members in order to maintain a level of quality in our shows. Always remember that we're here to have fun and make people laugh.

Meetings

Meetings are a time to gather together as a group, talk about current happenings, and to perhaps do something productive. There are different expectations of what will happen at a meeting depending on what type of meeting it is.

General Meetings

General Meetings are when the entire membership joins together to plan what needs doing.

  • While joking around and having fun is what we're all about, we also have a show to put on. Try to pay attention during the meeting, there's plenty of time for horsing around afterwards.
  • Attendance at at least half of the General Meetings in a semester is required for continued membership. (Unless there is some sort of extenuating circumstance. Let the Director and Producer know.)

Writing Meetings

Writing Meetings, generally run by the Director, are where our creative minds can run free.

  • Productivity is encouraged.

Production Meetings

Production Meetings, generally run by the Producer, are where the technical needs for upcoming filmings or the show itself can be planned.

  • Productivity is encouraged.

Filmings

Filmings are a very large part of KILROY, as many terms our show is more than half filmed. If you are directing a filmed sketch, use the Director's Checklist to be sure that you're prepared.
If you're an actor or a crew member, you should be sure to set aside time to be at the filming. In most cases, you will know the film date when you are cast, so if you cannot make a commitment, let people know ahead of time. DON'T BE LATE.

Cameras

We currently own a $10,000 camera, and a $30,000 HD camera. Training is required before you can use either camera. The training requirements are significantly more stringent for the HD camera. The SD camera is a Sony VX-1000 (I think). There aren't many buttons, so it's simpler for n00bs to use. However, the contrast between sketches filmed in SD and HD is pretty significant, so use of the SD camera is discouraged except in extenuating circumstances. The HD camera is a Canon XH-G1. There are kind of a lot of buttons. Manuals are located online: it's not a bad idea to read through them before training and use. Rule of thumb: keep things that belong with the camera in the case.

Tripods

The older silver tripod is rugged, durable, and has survived years of constant abuse. The newer black tripod is smoother, lighter, and much easier to break. The rule of thumb is to use the silver tripod with the SD camera, and the black tripod with the HD camera. The other rule of thumb is to NEVER FORCE THE TRIPOD TO MOVE IF IT DOESN'T WANT TO. There are plenty of tightening screws all over the tripod. If it's not moving in the direction you want without applying massive pressure, one of the screws is still tightened.

Tapes

The Producer will buy a supply of tapes at the beginning of the term. (We use Mini-DV.) If you require a tape, work with the Producer to fill up tapes before opening a new one. Rule of thumb: Mark your tapes when you've filmed on them. Other rule of thumb: Don't lose the tape! Keep it with the camera or in the office.

Sound Equipment

We don't own any sound equipment at the moment. For shame!

Lighting Equipment

We don't own any lighting equipment at the moment. For shame!

Editing

We currently have an editing station running Adobe Premiere CS3. There are also editing stations in the Movie Lab in the Gordon Library, and their use is encouraged. We also have an external hard drive to facilitate editing on the Library computers and on personal computers.

Export

The Director or Master Editor may designate a particular resolution, frame rate, and file type to export finished sketches as. Or, they may decide to not have editors of sketches export at all and will require the original footage and project files.

Rehearsals

Placeholder: show up on time!

Shows by Term

Term shows are usually the last Friday before the end of the term. Comedy Festivals are usually every two years in D-term: if a festival is planned for the year, special officers may be elected between all three comedy groups, or planning may fall to officers of the groups.

A-term

  • Activities Fair for new freshmen
  • NSO Show
  • Term Show

B-term

  • Term Show

C-term

  • Term Show

D-term

  • Activities Fair for pre-frosh
  • Comedy Festival planning (if applicable)
  • Term Show

Offices and Storage

Riley Hall G23

The original "Office" consists of a cramped workstation and an overflowing closet. The workstation has been converted into storage after the acquisition of OH303B. When returning props and costumes to the closet, please make every effort to ensure that the props and costumes do not end up on the floor, as this will cause a chain reaction and the closet will begin to swallow things whole.

Olin Hall 303B

The new office consists of several desks in the middle of the room, some desks along the perimeter, a bookshelf, and closets. As it is a new office, the closets and the bookshelf remain unused. Its use is encouraged as a meeting space and an area to come to between classes to relax.

Access

Card access to Riley is provided to members who ask for it. Key access to the office in Riley is limited to the Producer or the Director, as well as the SCP Representatives from the other organizations. Key access to the office in Olin is through a key lockbox, the code to which is only given to members.

Venues

This guide should help you decide where to have the term show. Remember: a venue that's good for one show may not be good for another. Also, don't let the venue limit your ideas or plans (ex.: brining in flats to have wings in Kinnicutt). Descriptions of the venue are followed by opinion regarding the spaces.

Alden Memorial Hall: Great Hall

Alden has the largest seating capacity of each venue. The downside is that the chairs must be set up and struck by members prior to and after each performance. A "Tech Island" is usually placed on staging 3/4ths of the way back from the stage. Lens and Lights must be used in this venue (unless you're crazy). The stage has a large projector screen, but use of the screen blocks most of the stage from being used. (Clever staging and show order may allow use of the entire stage.) Projectors must be borrowed from the ATC or other sources. Sets can be built in the space.
Alden is widely regarded as the venue of choice for KILROY. Big stage, large capacity, large screen.
If a group in SCP has Alden reserved and decides not to use it, one of the other groups should probably use it. (It's hard to reserve and hold on to Alden, especially the last Friday of a term.)

Salisbury Laboratories: Kinnicutt Hall

Kinnicutt (SL115) has a seating capacity of about 250 (permanent seating). "Tech Island" is usually near the podium, with access to the light switches. House lighting is decent. There is no reason or need to use Lens and Lights. There is a projector screen, as well as neat green curtains that can be drawn across the entire rear wall (looks fancy, but blocks the screen). Built-in projector and speakers. Tiny sets can be constructed, with great effort.
If Alden isn't available, Kinnicutt is seen as a great alternative. Technically, it's far inferior, but that also means there's little involved in setting up. The only downside is the distance from Alden/Riley if a set or large prop is to be used (i.e., flats, the coffin). Also there isn't much backstage area in the hall itself, but there is a stairway and an exit on stage left that can be used for prop and people storage.

Sanford Riley Hall: Riley Commons

Riley can seat 150-ish. Chairs must be set up and struck by members prior to and after each performance. Similar "Tech Island" configuration to Alden. Lens and Lights must be used in this venue (unless you're crazy). No projector screen or projectors are available: both can be borrowed from the ATC or other sources. Staging is available to create a stage (unless a floor-level stage is desired.) Sets can be built in the space.
Acoustically, Riley is pretty crap. Also, anyone who walks around will cause the floor to creak. However, it's a pretty good mini-Alden in a pinch.

Sanford Riley Hall: WPI Little Theatre

The LT must seat 99 as a house minimum: 67 of these are permanent. "Tech Island" gets its own control booth. Lights are available, but must be set up by members. There is no reason or need to use Lens and Lights. Projectors and projector screens are not permanent, and so can be placed wherever is desired. Built-in speakers. Sets can be built in the space. Floors must be painted with a fresh coat of black paint after performance.
It's a widely held belief that doing a KILROY show in the LT wouldn't work very well. There are a select few who maintain that it's an idea that should be tried at least once.

Campus Center: Odeum

The Odeum can seat from 100-300, depending on how many Odeii are used. "Tech Island" is usually in a configuration similar to Alden. Lens and Lights must be used in this venue (unless you're crazy). Projector screens and projectors are built-in: one each on the east wall of each Odeum, as well as another on the south wall of Odeum A. Staging is available to create a stage (unless a floor-level stage is desired.) Sets can be built with great effort.
Permanent projectors are a new feature. It's hard to rate this venue, as it hasn't been used fairly often in the past. Unless flats are brought in, there is nowhere to hide offstage.

Fuller Laboratories: Perrault Lecture Hall

FLAUD can seat somewhere over 300 people. "Tech Island" is usually in a closet at the bottom of the hall. Keys must be obtained to open the hall, the projector cabinet, and the closet at the bottom. There is no reason or need to use Lens and Lights. House lighting is decent. Built-in speakers. Projector and screen is built-in: the screen is crazy huge. The stage is crazy tiny. Tiny sets can be constructed, with great effort.
Hearing actors is a huge pain. The house speakers are a bit on the crappy side. Much better for filmed material than live. The rigamarole involved in unlocking the various parts of the hall causes it to be disliked by people who have produced shows there.

Other

OH107 and AK116 have been used for NSO shows and rehearsals. Basically, a show can be had anywhere there are chairs and a performance area. A light switch and a projector makes for a better show.

Accountability

Any action that could adversely effect KILROY can be punished. The severity of the punishment is dependent on the scale of offense.

Punishable Offenses

Non Serious Offenses

Spam

Intentionally spamming the KILROY mailing lists is discouraged. Any such spam that arises naturally is acceptable, and expected.

Tardiness

Being late is frowned upon, especially to important commitments (filmings, rehearsals, etc.). Note that chronic tardiness is a Pretty Serious Offense.

Destruction of Property

Try your best not to destroy anything. The occasional butterfingers is okay, but note that chronic destruction of property is a Pretty Serious Offense.

Other Non Serious Offenses

The Direction and Producer may deem a particular action by a member to be a Non Serious Offense, and can apply punishments as necessary.

Pretty Serious Offenses

Counter-productive Advertisements

From the KILROY constitution: "The primary goal of this organization is to write and produce a sketch comedy show every academic term for the enjoyment of the WPI community." Behavior from members while representing KILROY shall be conducive to getting audience members to show up at shows. Examples of Counter-productive Advertisements include: making fun of people or organizations, harassment, or any actions that degrade the campus image of KILROY.

External Spam

Intentionally spamming a mailing list that is not in ownership by KILROY is prohibited, and may result in removal from KILROY-owned mailing lists.

Chronic Tardiness

Being late every once-in-a-while is acceptable. Being late everywhere always is a Bad Thing. As it occurs more frequently, people tend to trust you less, and nobody will let you do anything important. Due to that, additional punishments may not be imposed unless it's pretty clear that you have a serious conflict of priorities.

Chronic Destruction of Property

Repeated destruction of property will result in you not being able to use equipment. If it's because you're a klutz, it's okay, we still love you, and that'll be the only punishment. However, if you're destroying things just for fun, we'll impose additional punishments.

The Police

Don't get involved. We'll leave it at that.

Other Pretty Serious Offenses

The Director and Producer may deem a particular action by a member to be a Pretty Serious Offense, and can apply punishments as necessary.

Damn Serious Offenses

Hazing

From the KILROY constitution: "Kilroy will ensure that its membership will not practice any physically or psychologically abusive hazing behaviors either intentionally or unintentionally." Any member that attempts to engage in hazing behaviors will be subject to the punishments for a Damn Serious Offense, as well as the proper authorities being alerted.

Other Damn Serious Offenses

The Director and Producer, along with guidance from the SCP Representative, may deem a particular action by a member to be a Damn Serious Offense, and can apply punishments as necessary.

Punishments

The following punishments apply, in addition to any that are specified under specific offenses.

  • For a non serious offense, the offending member shall have a casual to severe talking-to.
  • For a pretty serious offense, the offending member may be moved to the status of "Inactive Member", and shall have a severe talking-to.
  • For a damn serious offense, the offending member shall be moved to the status of "Not a Member", and shall have a severe talking-to. In addition, the offense may be reported with the Student Activities Office, the Campus Hearing Board, or other individuals or organizations as appropriate.
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