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GREEN SCREEN THEATER

Actors on two continents? Yeah, we can do that.

The pandemic forced us to explore new ways of making art. What started as a necessity has soon become the mother of invention. Remote work has opened so many doors for collaborations that would have been impossible. During one memorable project, we had actors performing together live not only from around the country but across the world. Festivals can now cast actors who are perfect for a given role, but would be cost-prohibitive to fly out and house. Playwrights can work with their dream directors and dramaturgs from anywhere. It’s all about setting everyone up for success with the right tools.

TOMORROW’S AUDIENCE, TODAY

New methods mean new appeal to new people.

TRANSCEND CO-FOUNDER LEANNA KEYES SAYS: During the early pandemic, I had a conversation I’d never had before while working at a non-profit theater: “What if too many people want to watch our show?” We were producing a live stream of a new play, and the artistic director was concerned that having too many people tune in could overwhelm the stream. 


In an arts community struggling with attendance numbers, can you imagine being worried that too many people want to see your art? Digital distribution of arts content means that you’re no longer limited by the seats in your theater, the parking situation, whether the C train is running on time that weekend, or even whether your audience is on the same continent. Get your content to the people who want to watch it!

A LITTLE BIT OF MAGIC

Impossible effects, made possible.

We’ve turned actors into digital ghosts using ASCII characters in real-time. We’ve had actors on different continents pass props between each other, then place them on tables that don’t exist in real life. Everyone is familiar with the feeling of wonder and magic when they see a special effect on stage that didn’t seem possible until you saw it with your own eyes. Expanding into the digital realm opens huge possibilities for art that wouldn’t be possible on stage. That “impossible stage direction” suddenly becomes a lot more doable when you’ve got the Transcend team working our digital magic.

PROCESS

They've got this.

That’s what we want you to feel during every part of our process. Our team brings our arts background to this bespoke process; we know that you’ll do your best work when you’re well taken care of. We chat with you about your goals, the needs of your project, any challenges that might come up, and then make it happen.

Top to Bottom

Most of our projects go something like this:

  • We have an initial FREE consultation where we go over your projects and its specific needs
  • We generate a modular proposal that accomplishes all of your goals (and gives you some flexibility in how it’s executed)
  • Once you’ve accepted the proposal, we’ll put together a contract that clearly lists tasks, areas of responsibility, and a timeline
  • As the date of your project approaches, we’ll provide updates and ask you for anything else we need (“Has the venue provided you with the WiFi password yet?”)
  • An amazing “day-of!” Whether you’re working with us to edit a sizzle reel, simulcasting a conference for the world, or recording the finest live performance of your life, we want to take all that stress away and make sure you can focus your energy on what really matters.
  • Afterwards, we provide you with more archival material and analytics than you can shake a stick at (or fill up a hard drive with).

We meet you where you’re at. 

If you’re technically-minded and want to drill into the details of video delivery codecs, we’re happy to nerd out about bitrates. If you want to point us at a problem and not hear from us again until we’ve got a solution (or three), we’ll be back soon. 

Don’t just feel prepared, be prepared

We’ll meet with you as needed to chat through the project, our progress, and any changing needs. There’s nothing like a quick production meeting to put your mind at ease. Or if you’re more of a “this could have been an email” person (we get it), just shoot us a quick request for an update and you’ll know where we’re at.

PRICING

Options for Every Budget.

Everyone deserves a bespoke experience, including your billing department. We’ll work with you to develop a clear budget and scope of responsibilities, so everyone can focus on doing their best work (and not worry about the numbers).

Modular Proposals:

Our most popular pricing model by far. Based on your specific needs, we put together a proposal that includes various options you can mix-and-match. Know that you want our crew, but want to play around with using two cameras or three? Thinking about bumping up to a truly luxurious audio quality? Need to run the plan by the rest of your team first to figure out where you want to invest? Our modular proposals give you all the flexibility you could ever want.

Pre-Determined Budget

If you’ve got a dollar amount in mind, we’ll talk with you about what we can accomplish on that budget (and where to get the most bang-for-your-buck). We custom tailor all of our plans to your project’s priorities, so the most attention is paid to the most important areas.

Pay-As-You-Go:

We’re flexible! Maybe you aren’t sure of the scope of your project yet, or you want to be able to adjust the goals as your needs develop. We’re happy to enter into a partnership that can grow and change alongside your project.

Flexible Invoices

We invoice you automatically over time so you don’t get hit with a huge bill upfront. Plus, we’re a local small business–you won’t be dealing with a faceless billing department, you’re dealing directly with the business owners.

Clear Contracts

Our contracts contain clear charts of responsibility for all assets from pre-process to wrap-up. There’s never any last-minute scramble to find the right music (while the audience is beating down the door), because everyone involved knows who’s bringing what to the table.

We believe in transparency and equity. You’ll always know exactly what you’re getting, line item by line item. Give yourself the peace of mind that comes with hiring a dream team that delivers exactly the experience you’ve been waiting for.

ACCESSIBLE BY DEFAULT

Interpretation, Captioning, ASL, and More.

Accessibility is a core value here at Transcend Streaming. During the early pandemic, we championed the use of human-crafted captions during live performances–not just glitchy robo-captions, and not just for pre-recorded content. Everyone should be able to fully engage with the content, no matter where they’re coming from. Now, we’ve carried that principle forward with focuses on multi-language interpre`tation, captioning, and American Sign Language.

 

Give your audience the choice to listen to a presentation in English or in Spanish. Help them hear your message clearly by letting them toggle subtitles on and off (and we don’t mean AI-generated “close enough” language).

Do all of that, and more, with Transcend Streaming.

See how our past clients achieved dynamic, accessible, and engaging events with these success stories:

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THEATER MU

TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY

 

This “live movie” featured six actors around the country on a combination of green screen and physical sets; one of Transcend Streaming’s most innovative productions.

 

VIEW PROJECT

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OREGON SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL

AN O! STAGED READING SERIES

 

Five new plays live-streamed as part of a weekly reading series, all 29-hour AEA projects.

 

VIEW PROJECT

four actors below the bapf 2020 logo and closed captioning in the bottom center

PLAYWRIGHTS FOUNDATION

BAY AREA PLAYWRIGHT’S FESTIVAL 2020

 

Five new plays, over twenty actors from Hong Kong to New York City, all going from the first read to the first performance in less than fifteen hours. All at the same time.

 

VIEW PROJECT

ceramic background with two actors wearing masks and the anpf logo on the bottom right

ANPF

ASHLAND NEW PLAYS FESTIVAL

 

A festival of readings showcasing developmental new works.

 

VIEW PROJECT

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transcend streaming logo with a play button on the pot and pothos growing
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UMASS AMHERST
VISONARY FUTURES

 

Fully digital productions of science fiction theatre for social justice movements.

 
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NAKED EMPIRE BOUFFON

HOW TO CATCH A KAREN

 

A one-person satirical comedy about capturing the “progressive” Karen in all of us, this project featured first-of-its-kind audience interactivity.

 
VIEW PROJECT
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PLAYWRIGHTS FOUNDATION

BAY AREA PLAYWRIGHT’S FESTIVAL 2021
Five new plays, each performed twice, with digital bells and whistles to elevate them as staged readings. Plus, the audience was in-theater with the performers all digital!
VIEW PROJECT
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THE THEATER PROJECT

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

 

A long-standing holiday tradition for The Theater Project’s community, this adaptation of It’s A Wonderful Life used digital tricks to achieve effects that wouldn’t have been possible on stage.

 

VIEW PROJECT

poster for today is my birthday with a photo of the actress blowing on a sound maker while sitting in front of a tinsel backgorund

THEATER MU

 
TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY

This “live movie” featured six actors around the country on a combination of green screen and physical sets; one of Transcend Streaming’s most innovative productions.

 

VIEW PROJECT

visionary futures logo with planets and a still of a holographic friend and control center

UMASS AMHERST

 
VISIONARY FUTURES

 

Fully digital productions of science fiction theatre for social justice movements.

 

VIEW PROJECT

image of an actor yelling and looking into the camera sandwiched by red eyes and a nose at a high contrast. in the bottom right corner there is the osf logo

OREGON SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

 

AN O! STAGED READING SERIES

 

Five new plays live-streamed as part of a weekly reading series, all 29-hour AEA projects.

 

VIEW PROJECT

baby yaga holding a foot with a small pink box that says how to catch a karen on it in blue

NAKED EMPIRE BOUFFON

 

HOW TO CATCH A KAREN

 

A one-person satirical comedy about capturing the “progressive” Karen in all of us, this project featured first-of-its-kind audience interactivity.

 

VIEW PROJECT

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ACTORS’ READING COLLECTIVE

 

A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES

 

An adapted poem performed in ASL with spoken English interpretation, the most performers Transcend Streaming had featured to date.

 

VIEW PROJECT

image of four people looking to the camera on a pink and orange gradient with the bapf logo at the top center

PLAYWRIGHTS FOUNDATION

 

BAY AREA PLAYWRIGHT’S FESTIVAL 2021

 

Five new plays, each performed twice, with digital bells and whistles to elevate them as staged readings. Plus, the audience was in-theater with the performers all digital!

 

VIEW PROJECT

four actors below the bapf 2020 logo and closed captioning in the bottom center

PLAYWRIGHTS FOUNDATION

BAY AREA PLAYWRIGHT’S FESTIVAL 2020

Five new plays, over twenty actors from Hong Kong to New York City, all going from the first read to the first performance in less than fifteen hours. All at the same time.

VIEW PROJECT

ceramic background with two actors wearing masks and the anpf logo on the bottom right

ANPF

 
ASHLAND NEW PLAYS FESTIVAL

 

A festival of readings showcasing developmental new works.

 

VIEW PROJECT

three actors in an old time car in black and white with the theater project logo at the bottom

THE THEATER PROJECT

 
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

 

A long-standing holiday tradition for The Theater Project’s community, this adaptation of It’s A Wonderful Life used digital tricks to achieve effects that wouldn’t have been possible on stage.

 

VIEW PROJECT

transcend streaming logo with a play button on the pot and pothos growing
transcend streaming logo with a play button on the pot and pothos growing
transcend streaming logo with a play button on the pot and pothos growing
transcend streaming logo with a play button on the pot and pothos growing
transcend streaming logo with a play button on the pot and pothos growing
transcend streaming logo with a play button on the pot and pothos growing
transcend streaming logo with a play button on the pot and pothos growing
transcend streaming logo with a play button on the pot and pothos growing
transcend streaming logo with a play button on the pot and pothos growing

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