Team J FAQ

The Company
What is Team Jabberwocky?
What’s the DMV?
Why is it called Team Jabberwocky?

The Programs
What is Stonehenge?
What are the Stonehenge Auditions?
What is Stonehenge Casting?
What is Jabberwocky Audio Theater?
How can I see Team J films?
Why do you call them “Programs” or “Program Areas?”

Getting Involved
I’m an actor. How do I submit my headshot and resume?
How do I find out when Team J has auditions?
Do you use union actors?
I’m a writer. May I submit my scripts?
How do I find out when Team J has events or screenings?
How do I get some cool swag?

Naming Names
Who’s in charge of Team J?
Who designed the Team J logo?
Who designed the Team J website?
Do you ever run out of esoteric film references?


Questions about the Company

What is Team Jabberwocky?

What is Team Jabberwocky?
Team Jabberwocky is a transmedia production company based in the DMV. We produce films, audio theater, and related media. Plus, in addition to telling our own stories, we help other folks tell theirs. Our motto is “Work hard. Have fun. Make magic.”

What’s the DMV?

What’s the DMV?
It’s a relatively new term for the Washington, DC metropolitan area, which stands for DC, Maryland, and Virginia. We like it because it is short, ambiguous, yet full of places to explore — much like the poem “Jabberwocky.”

Why is it called Team Jabberwocky?

Why is it called Team Jabberwocky?
Why not? That’s probably the best, short answer — and it’s also true. Films and theater productions usually involve teams of people — and the name Jabberwocky certainly implies we like the fantastical. But perhaps you want a more in-depth answer: an origin story, as it were.

The 48 Hour Film Project, a film competition held in over 70 cities worldwide has contestants enter as teams. Each team, whether it’s one person or 100, concocts a clever or awe-inspiring appellation such as “Con Chocolate” or “Bigger Boat Productions.” In many cases, the name can double as a band name — which is always a plus.

Anyway, back in 2004, Team J founder Bjorn Munson was trying to think of a good name for the cast and crew he was assembling. He liked the ‘Team Something’ format as it spoke to the group working together toward a common goal. But what monicker to append to the end of that titanic ‘Team?” Team Prometheus? Too lofty. Team Jackal? Too scurrilous. “Team Not Appearing in This Film” felt too one-joke. What would express the kind of films we hoped to make?

A chance synapse firing made Bjorn recall a warmup he used to do for classical theater productions he was in: a recital of the poem “Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll. Somehow that was it. Despite John Tenniel’s seminal drawing, it’s hard to put your finger on what a Jabberwock is–and yet, it’s so definitely something. The poem itself is full of all-original gibberish, and yet it has meaning. And certainly, we wanted audiences to chortle with joy upon seeing our films.  The team name was decided — and when the time came to incorporate in 2005, Bjorn did not hesitate: Team Jabberwocky, LLC was born.

Since that day, we’ve been working hard to make more days frabjous days for auditioning actors, producers in need, and — of course — our audiences.

 


Questions about the Programs

What is Stonehenge?

What is Stonehenge?
While you may know Stonehenge as an aesthetically-pleasing collection of really big rocks, when it comes to Team J, Stonehenge has two meanings: Stonehenge Auditions, an in-person event and Stonehenge Casting, an online casting tool.

Both are used by Team J to conduct its own casting and are used by other production companies to do their own casting.

What are the Stonehenge Auditions?

What are the Stonehenge Auditions?
Only one of the best ways to get new film and video work in the DMV! Okay, we’re biased, but we’re also echoing what we’ve heard from hundreds of actors and producers who have attending our event over the years. Stonehenge is a recurring mass audition: essentially what some have called “speed-casting” where over 100 actors audition in front of over 50 producers through the course of a day. You really should go to its own section for more information, including an extensive Actor and Producer FAQ.

Note: the only way actors can register to attend the Stonehenge Auditions is to have a free profile at Stonehenge Casting.

What is Stonehenge Casting?

What is Stonehenge Casting?
Stonehenge Casting was created in 2013 to complement Stonehenge Auditions. Here producers are able to find and cast performers for not just film and video projects, but any media including theater and promotional events. Its goal is to save time and therefore money in gathering submissions from casting notices and to help producers at any level build and maintain a roster of performers over time. You can learn more and create a free performer profile at its own website.

What is Jabberwocky Audio Theater?

What is Jabberwocky Audio Theater?
It’s the best darn audio theater company in all of Deepest Springfield! Jabberwocky Audio Theater, which we frequently abbreviate to “JAT,” is an ongoing ensemble of writers, actors, and audio mavens who create original works for the “Theater of the Mind.”

Note: Due to a cyberattack in 2015, we’re currently rebuilding JAT’s standalone website.

How can I see Team J films?

How can I see Team J films?
You can see The Broken Continent (a co-production with Ciscovaras Pictures and Cavegirl Productions) online now. If you are signed up to our mailing list and check “Team J Films,” we let people know when there are new screenings and projects.

Why do you call them “Programs” or “Program Areas?”

Why do you call them “Programs” or “Program Areas?”
Team J’s founder, Bjorn Munson, is a certified (not certifiable) project manager, so he organizes things in terms of projects. For example, each Stonehenge Audition, is a project, while the whole process of offering Stonehenge Auditions is a program. Or something like that. There’s apparently also something called a “portfolio,” but we’d rather not get him started.

That’s right, the same guy who does alien world-building for  JAT and can talk for hours about John Ford westerns apparently likes scheduling and action item logs. Yeah, we don’t understand it either. Just don’t ask him about work breakdown structures, okay?

 


Questions about Getting Involved

I’m an actor. How do I submit my headshot and resume?

I’m an actor. How do I submit my headshot and resume?
We used to have a longer answer to this, but now it’s dead simple: create a free profile on Stonehenge Casting.

We do regularly attend theater and film events around the area, including other auditions. However, if we do get your print resume from another audition and want to use you, we’re going to contact you to create a profile on Stonehenge Casting.

How do I find out when Team J has auditions?

How do I find out when Team J has auditions?
The most foolproof way would be to sign up for our mailing list, and check “Stonehenge Info for Actors.” It’s just that simple.

In addition, we post our auditions (and others) on our blog, our Stonehenge Casting page on Facebook, as well as at the DC Theatre, DC Film Alliance, TIVA, and WIFV listservs. Oh, and the Actor’s Center “hotline.” If you’re looking for auditions in the usual professional sources, you’ll know.

We will also announce via our mailing list and blog if we will be attending any of the other mass auditions in the area.

Do you use union actors?

Do you use union actors?
Yes. Team J uses both SAG-AFTRA (union) and non-union actors in its works. We most frequently use SAG-AFTRA’s short film agreement and now, increasingly, SAG-AFTRA’s New Media Agreement.

I’m a writer. May I submit my scripts?

I’m a writer. May I submit my scripts?
Sorry, no. We have several dozen scripts in various stages of development for both Team J Films and Jabberwocky Audio Theater which will keep us busy for, um, years to come. What did we get ourselves into?

If you do have a completed script, congratulations! You are far ahead of no end of would-be filmmakers or audio auteurs. Check our Resources section for ideas on where to turn next.

How do I find out when Team J has events or screenings?

How do I find out when Team J has events or screenings?
We welcome your support and will be announcing screenings and related events on many of the listservs mentioned above. Again, if you want a foolproof way to know we’re up to something, sign up for our mailing list. Check “Jabberwocky Audio Theater” if you’re interested in our audio adventures and “Team J Films” is you want to know about our screen escapades.

How do I get some cool swag?

How do I get some cool swag?
Well this is an easy answer: just stroll over to our Cafe Press store and enjoy!

 


Questions that are all about Naming Names

Who’s in charge of Team J?

Who’s in charge of Team J?
That would be Bjorn Munson, the founder and Chief Raconteur of Team J. He works with the writers, producers, and directors of Team J Films and JAT. In fact, he often wears some of those hats himself. He’s often known as “the Stonehenge guy.”

Who designed the Team J logo?

Who designed the Team J logo?
Roy Quini: international man of mystery and graphic designer (possibly more the latter than the former, but we can’t say for sure).

Who designed the Team J website?

Who designed the Team J website?
Believe it or not, you are looking at the third edition of the website, which was designed by inventive and enterprising Cavegirl Productions. They have more recently pivoted to mainly focus on films as can be seen with their first feature Of Dice and Men. They were also part of bringing The Broken Continent to the web.

For those of you looking for trivia, the second edition was designed by the incomperable Kakupacal– much like the incomperable Giacomo, but much different and not at all resembling Danny Kaye.

Do you ever run out of esoteric film references?

Do you ever run out of esoteric film references?
No!