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theWit Chicago Holds a Competition to Find an In-House Film Crew

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January 27, 2010 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

We're not sure if the higher-ups at theWit in Chicago got the idea for Wit webisodes from our "Pitch Your Hotel" feature, but the techie hotel is holding a contest to snag an in-house production team to film monthly videos.

To find a video production team, the hotel is dangling a $5,000 prize in front of aspiring filmmakers. In exchange for 10 months of employment, winners will also receive a food and beverage stipend to be used at the hotel and a number of room vouchers.

Winners will shoot monthly video webisodes recording the nightlife, live music, food, film and spa events in the hotel. There's also a chance of celebrity cameos—especially since they pop up at the Roof bar—local artists and downtown events. The job requires a minimum of 10 hours per month at the hotel to collect footage, in addition to off-site editing and production time.

To be eligible, each team must have a videographer/producer and a smiley on-camera Ryan Seacrest-type host. Teams have to submit a 60- to 90-second demo reel showcasing their production and camera work, as well as the personality and interview style of the host.

Entries are due February 5. They'll be whittled down to 10 finalists, who will screen their demos at a live judging panel at the hotel. A winning duo will be chosen on February 24. The celebration will be cut short though, since winners have to clock in on March 1.

[Photo: Jennifer Kester]

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