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 is Jabberwocky Audio Theater?
How can I see Team J films?
When will we see more 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 media 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 new term for the Washington, DC metropolitan area, which stands for DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Well, it’s new to us anyway. We like it because it is short, yet ambiguous — much like the poem “Jabberwocky.”

Why is it called Team Jabberwocky?

Why is it called Team Jabberwocky?
“Why not?” is probably the best, short answer. Films and theater productions usually involve teams of people — and the name Jabberwocky certainly implies we like the fantastical. But while that is a real answer and a valid answer, we can tell 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 “The Beta-macks” 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 to compete. He liked ‘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?” 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?
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.

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.” You can learn all about the podcast all sorts of groovy things at the JAT website.

How can I see Team J films?

How can I see Team J films?
The easiest way is to attend a festival or other screening. If you are signed up to our mailing list and check “Team J Films,” we let people know when there are new screenings.

When will we see more Team J films?

When will we see more Team J films?
All right, let’s be honest, this question mainly comes from friends and family and the answer is: “Not soon enough.” We have various shorts in the development stage. Many Team J cast and crew also work with Tohubohu Productions, another DMV production company.

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 Stonhenge, is a project, while the whole process of offering Stonehenge 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?
At Stonehenge or another Team J audition! Team J has auditions for its own projects and runs them for others on a regular basis. In addition, we recommend actors to other producers based on the people we’ve seen at Stonehenge.

Enterprising actors will discover our address, and may well send us their headshot that way. However, bear in mind that if we haven’t asked you to send us your headshot, your odds of being called in are much, much lower. We almost never do print work, so we prefer to have seen you at a mass audition or performance first (we do regularly attend theater and film events around the area).

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 (union) and non-union actors in its works. Our current business model is focused on producing shorts for the festival circuit, therefore when we use union actors, it will be under SAG’s short film 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 also do films.

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!