An angry mob of screaming men are carrying pitchforks, crow bars, torches, and shovels as they run toward two students sitting on a bench in Red Square. The two students get up and hastily run to safety.
The men aren't actually angry and aren't really threatening the lives of the two students, but filming for a sketch comedy produced by KVIK, Western's student-operated television station.
On May 25, a screening for the sketch comedy, You Would!, is scheduled to show in Fraser Hall 4 at 7 p.m. The sketch comedy will consist of six to seven sketches, lasting a total of 25 minutes.
The development of the sketch comedy started when Rafik Fouad, a finance student at Western, approached KVIK with the idea at the end of fall quarter. Fouad said he has always had a passion for comedy and thought that making use of the station to explore his interest would be a good opportunity for him.
“Every student should find something they are passionate about,” said Fouad. “There's a ton of opportunity out there and it's up to you to utilize it.”
The project started to pick up momentum during winter quarter when Fouad asked a group of students he had met through Western improv group the Dead Parrots Society, and theatre classes if they were interested in working with him on the project. The students had weekly meetings to begin conceptualizing sketch ideas.
Fouad said the project has been a collaborative effort with people bringing different talents to the sketches. The group has filmed six sketches. Fouad wrote two whileJames Tweedale wrote the mob sketch filmed and Nick Andrews wrote a sketch about plasma donation, which required extensive shooting because they had to move to different locations.
KVIK Coordinator Paul Neiland said that changing locations is difficult and time consuming, but that this particular sketch would be one of the best.
Neiland said the shoots keep getting better and that after months working on the sketches the production process has been smooth.
“Everybody is starting to learn about how the process goes,” said Neiland. “The crew's coming along and they're learning really well.”
The group wants their May 25 showing to be in the style of the now defunct Dave Chapelle show â€“ standup comedy mixed with sketches. Fouad will act as Master of Ceremony, performing standup comedy as a segway into the sketches.
Other KVIK Projects
In addition to You Would!, KVIK is involved with several other projects this quarter. Gabriel Conroy is doing a collection of short films with other students who live in Nash Hall called Nash-n-all Productions. They've done a few short films already, including a parody of The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.
KVIK is also working on the yearly collaboration with the Dead Parrots Society, Project Fear, scheduled for May 18 and May 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Miller Hall 163. Project Fear features members of the Dead Parrots Society pairing up and shooting film that is edited in front of the audience using a live analog mixing system, a system that doesn't require a separate program for editing and that can be done on the spot.
Neiland said the difference between an analog system and a digital system is that a digital system requires capturing footage and later editing it with a separate program. The analog system, , allows the footage to be directly shown live to the audience; the scenes can't be cut up, but individual ones can be chosen versus other ones.
“That's part of the excitement,” said Neiland. “While it's being edited live, scenes are being shot. It ends up being a race against time to make sure that there is enough footage before the current scene ends.”
Neiland said that all of it is filmed in real time and improvised â€“ the cinematography, acting and editing. While one scene is being edited in front of the audience, the teams film the next scene to be shown.
KVIK also records and films any Associated Students group or event that requests coverage.
Future plans for KVIK include a sitcom with the pilot showing sometime Fall 2008, and trying to get more students involved with KVIK.
“We want more people who want their events shot,” said Neiland. “We also want more people to help out. We want more people period.”
KVIK is located in Viking Union 423 where request forms for event coverage as well as question's on student projects are available.