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YouStar Production Grant Pilot

YouStar Production Grant Pilot

The YouStar Studios team is piloting a special access program and soliciting creative pitches for episodic video series.

This competitive application and pitch process will pair selected applicants with professional mentorship for idea development and pre-production.

Projects that make it through the pre-production process and acquire sign-off by our producing team will be granted special access to our YouStar Pro Studios. This includes a multi-camera professional studio, producing resources, studio crew, and a platform to deliver their video series when the YouStar Studios launch in early 2020.

There are limitations on the scope and budget of projects we select. So try to think of projects that can be produced in a studio like: Between Two FernsBob Ross or Charlie Rose. You'll find a number of examples below. 

Here are a few guidelines: 

  • Projects must include studio production, even if some of the assets are collected in the field.

  • Concept is creative and simple.

  • There are opportunities for audience engagement.

  • Elaborate or expensive ideas might be too difficult to produce.

  • We welcome anyone to submit, and encourage you to think about who can help you carry out the idea and what role they would play. If you don’t have anyone on your team who has production experience we’ll work with you to find the right personnel. 


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  • Process

    • The intent phase is an initial summary and description of your idea. It should give us an idea of what you have in mind.

      You will receive official application instructions and additional resources after submitting your letter of interest. You may also hear from one of our video producers if any follow-up questions arise.

      Submit your letter of interest by December 31, 2019.


    • After we recieve your Letter of Intent, we'll send you the official application packet and schedule your in-person pitch. The application is a more in-depth version of your initial letter of intent.

      You will turn-in your application at the time of your pitch. 

      We will also assign a producer to your project to help answer any questions as you prepare for your pitch.

      Timeline: May 2019 - January 2020


    • This phase is the first round of cuts. If your application is selected, we will start the idea development and pre-production process. There will be lots to do!

      Applicants that do not make the cut will be notified and we will do our best to offer feedback, and guidence. 

      Timeline: May 2019 - January 2020

    • Congrats, you've made it past the first cut! We’ll pair you and your team with a professional studio producer, who will mentor and guide you through the idea development and pre-production. This includes idea development, scripting, preliminary resource committmens, funding strategy, outreach, and other pre-production activities. We’ll also work with you to develop a feasible launch strategy that includes social media and metrics to gauge success. 

      Estimated Timeline: August 2019 - February 2020

    • Our producing team will make the last round of cuts and select a project for production.

      Finalists will be notified by January 15, 2020.

      Production Schedules in-place by February 1, 2020.

    • This is where we produce the shows.

      Production Timeline: Estimated eary 2020. 

This is all possible in YouStar Pro

Music Performances

Video Podcasts

Explainer Video Series

Dance Performances

How to video series

Topical Discussions

Poetry Series

Magazine Format Shows

TEDx Style Presentations

A few ideas to inspire

  • Sample Concepts

    • A research science show that highlights the work of scientific research. The show will have a hosts who interviews scientists about their research work. But to keep interesting they sit on a hard slab of granite and chew jawbreakers while being interviewed. If the interview begins to sound too “hard” or esoteric, a live studio audience will throw marshmallows at the host and guest to soften them up.  

    • A show where we discuss the latest gadgets and technology over while eating a delicious pizza! We'll have product demos and invite guests to shoot the breeze about all things tech.  

    • An artistic series that highlights solo acts similar to an open mic at a coffee shop. We invite artists to perform their act then interview them about their artistic inspiration. Violinists, dancers, slam poets, actors, musicians, puppeteers, anyone who produces performance art are free to participate.  

    • We produce a music videos for local bands and singer songwriters in the studio using creative lighting and backdrops to create cinematic visuals.

    • An improv acting show with a host and live audience who will work with the cast to come up with interesting scenarios. 

    • A show where actors perform a scene from any written source. Could be a TV show, movie, graphic novel or written by the actors themselves.  

    • A show where we discuss/review games and play them.  


Feel free to contact us with any questions. We can't wait to see what ideas you come up with!

Thank You!

YouStar Studio Team

(512) 245-2398