Nightpantzis creating sketch comedy videos in a collaborative, welcoming community.
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Who we are
Every year, thousands of artists from around the globe flock to Los Angeles, a place where dreams can supposedly come true, only to discover that pursuing a job in “the industry” doesn’t guarantee you’ll ever work. As Three 6 Mafia says, “It’s hard out here for a pimp.” Enter Nightpantz.
Nightpantz is a digital sketch collective based in Los-Angeles that successfully strives to give artists opportunities to be seen and heard. We write scripts, turn them into videos, and release them into the world. The entire growing team of 350+ collaborators lends a hand at bringing the sketches to life. Our intent is simple: allow anyone with talent and drive to make fun, quality content that can be posted online without waiting for permission from the traditional Hollywood gatekeepers. We hope to serve aspiring actors, filmmakers, and writers around the country by providing them a creative home as soon as they arrive.
We want to harness the frustration felt by many independent filmmakers and actors, and give them a chance to flourish. Nightpantz provides a safe, inclusive space to brainstorm and collaborate, as well as access to the tools needed to create a finished product.
Each week, a rotating group along with some core members of Nightpantz, enter the UCB café on Sunset Blvd. If it’s a writers meeting, many scripts will be read out loud by talented actors. After each read through, a lively discussion ensues with the goal of shaping the script into something magical, and if it hits the team in that special spot, it gets the green light.
Anybody can bring material, or ideas to pitch, with the goal of getting green-lit. If it’s a production meeting, the green-lit sketches are assigned shoot dates and directors and producers are chosen.
Since our inception in November 2014, we have completed more than 60 sketches, and in the process given hard-working artists a chance to learn and take chances. You can find all our sketches on Facebook, YouTube and Funny or Die. Our recent hit, Smyle for Women (at top of this page), made the front page of Buzzfeed. And our popular ballet sketch has been featured on The Huffington Post, ABC7 News, LAist and the Los Angeles Times.
Help us make at least four quality sketches every month!
The Nightpantz platform grows and we engage more artists each and every month. Our open source approach means anyone can take a shot at writing, acting, shooting, directing, producing, editing, or recording sound- our members are only limited by their imagination and know-how. Pooled resources have allowed us to do all of this work with a minimal budget.
But it still takes money to make the Nightpantz magic happen. And that is where you come in. Every dollar we raise will go entirely towards producing new sketches, including hiring more editors, sound mixers, and cinematographers, as well as covering our location and costume fees. By reaching our $1,000 per month goal, we'll be able to produce at least four quality sketches every month, till the end of time. Anything we raise beyond our goal will go towards producing even more sketches each month.
Your help means the world to us. Heck, maybe we'll see you in one of our sketches in the not-too-distant future. We believe in the power of collaboration. We believe that artists working in harmony with one another create magic. We believe in something bigger than ourselves: comedy is our higher power, Nightpantz our vehicle. Help us help more creative individuals make work they can be proud of.
If you live in Los Angeles or are thinking about moving here, and want to be a part of what we're doing, feel free to reach out: [email protected].
This was our first attempt at a video that tries to explain what we do. #notacult
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By reaching our $400 per month goal, we'll be able to produce at least three quality sketches per month, every month, till the end of time.
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