Theatrics Community Guidelines

Theatrics is a welcoming community of like-minded creatives. We don't want to stifle anyone's creativity, but there are some standards we take pretty seriously in order to make sure our users are having a wonderful/productive/legal/safe/fun experience on the site.

Keep it appropriate

The site is moderated as if it were produced by Beckinfield High School's "On the Map" Project. The students would unpublish anything the high school would not allow. This includes (but is not limited to):

  • No nudity or profanity.
  • No descriptions, depictions, or implications of explicit sexual or violent situations.
  • No music, video clips or otherwise copyright-protected material.
  • No harassing, name-calling or otherwise belittling of any site contributors.
  • No threats of violence against other people, characters or yourself.
What happens if you break this rule?
  • Your video will be deleted from the site and you will be notified via e-mail.
  • If you have three videos pulled for breaking this rule, your account may be terminated.

Be creative but remember we're all in this together

Each video should tell a story about some aspect of the town, an event or a character in Beckinfield.

Don't make the news. We want you to be able to create a great story arc, but don't do something that would draw the attention of the local press, like robbing a bank or winning the lottery.

Your video is your character's video diary and cannot be represented as produced by somebody else (the government, another actor, a business in Beckinfield that isn't your character's business).

No promotion or criticism of any real person or persons who are not already in the public consciousness.

What happens if you break this rule?

Your video will be unpublished and you will be notified via e-mail.

Make your character believable

Your character can't hold a job of which there would only be one in Beckinfield. Your character can be an assistant football coach, but not the football coach. You can't be the mayor but you can be one of the members of the city council. You also can't play any of the characters listed as "Antagonists."

Do not build your character around your own sci-fi or supernatural plotline. Your character can claim to be a half-alien superhero, but all actors play ordinary citizens in Beckinfield.

Your character is allowed to claim another character did something, but you cannot force other characters in the story to agree with your claim or prove that your claim is anything more than gossip. Many actors use the forums to collaborate on stories.

You cannot play twins.

What happens if you break this rule?

Your character will lose credibility within the Beckinfield community.

Make your videos relevant and watchable.

  • The video should tell a story about some aspect of the town, an event or a character in Beckinfield.
  • Don't use opening and closing titles and graphics, as they break the flow of the viewing experience.
  • Keep your videos under 2 minutes each.
  • Make sure we can see you and hear you.
What happens if you break this rule?

People are less likely to watch your videos.

Need clarification on any of these guidelines? You can always e-mail support@beckinfield.com or use the forums to get input from the Beckinfield community.

You've got questions? We've got answers!

We want Mass Participation TV to be an easy process. If you don't find what you're looking for here, you can visit our Community Forums for advice on all things related to acting, Beckinfield, and MPTV. If you need further tech support, you can visit our Knowledge Base for help articles and in-depth answers to tech issues.

 Getting Started

What is MPTV?

MPTV is a new social TV experience where anyone can create a character and play a part in an ongoing story.

 What is Beckinfield?

Beckinfield is the world's first online Mass Participation Web Series in which anyone can create and play a character, build an audience and collaborate on storylines through social media.

In the story, the tenth-grade English class has begun a project to get residents of the fictional town of Beckinfield to create video diaries.

When you become an Actor, you'll create a character who lives in Beckinfield. You will get weekly e-mails with updates of what is happening in the town and then create short videos about your life there that become part of the grand story of Beckinfield.

Anyone can watch the story of Beckinfield unfold by simply watching like a TV show or jumping from character to character in order to experience the story from every angle.

 What should I do first?

First, click the JOIN button at the top of the page and the world of Beckinfield will open up to you. From there we recommend you do the following (in no particular order):

  • Update your home page with your character and actor information in the Settings tab.
  • Upload a picture of yourself. You can also add details about your acting journey so far by filling out the optional resume in the Settings tab. (If you don't have a resume, don't worry at all! This is the perfect place to start your acting journey!)
  • Watch the Character Creation Tutorial in the Training tab.
  • Catch up on This Week in Beckinfield.

 What is This Week in Beckinfield?

This Week in Beckinfield (TWiB) is an e-mail newsletter. It is a collection of top-secret information for the Actors. Once you become an Actor, TWiB will keep you informed on the various events currently taking place in Beckinfield. The stories evolve each week as the story of Beckinfield unfolds. Your character can become involved in any or all of these stories simply by talking about them and then tagging your videos appropriately.

 Creating Your Character

Can I play an Antagonist?

No. The Antagonists are characters in Beckinfield that aren’t played by any of our Actors; they are part of the main Beckinfield storyline created by our writers. The Antagonists’ main purpose is inspiring your stories and videos.

But just because you aren't an official Antagonist doesn't mean your character has to be a good guy! "Antagonist" doesn't mean villain here; it just means someone you can play off of.

 Can my character be the mayor of Beckinfield?

No. You cannot make your character a public figure or hold any occupation that there cannot be more than one of in the town. Your character can be an assistant football coach, but not the football coach.

 Can I play twins?

No. We ask that you stick to one character per actor.

 Creating Content

 Do I have to use the events, characters, or locations in TWiB?

No way! Mass Participation TV is a playground for creativity. You can … and should! … make up your own locations, characters, and adventures in Beckinfield. A good approach is to weave your character's stories in with those provided.

 Can my character change the what is happening in TWiB?

We want you to be able to create a great story arc, but we ask that your character doesn't do anything that would make the news. Your character can talk about Grey Beard stopping by to offer cookies, but shouldn't claim that Grey Beard is locked in your garage. We ask that you focus on your character's actions and don't create action for other characters.

 Can my character say that Grey-Beard personally told her he was going to run for mayor?

Your character can claim something like this, but only what appears in the newsletter is actual Beckinfield canon. You are allowed to gossip, but you cannot force other characters in the story to agree with your claim, and it may be proven false when Grey-Beard doesn't ever run for mayor.

 Can my character be a half-alien superhero with psychic powers?

Please stay away from creating your own independent sci-fi or supernatural events that are not mentioned in the newsletters. The town of Beckinfield already has pre-defined sci-fi and supernatural undercurrents that define the tone and history of the ongoing story. We ask that you do not build your character around your own sci-fi or supernatural plotline. Your character can claim to be a half-alien superhero, but you might find yourself stuck if the main Beckinfield events discredits this possibility as the story unfolds. We'd rather you develop a character that is sustainable, and creating your own sci-fi events could make that difficult.

 How am I supposed to think up my own stories?

We provide multiple ways to help spark your creativity. There are tutorials that help you with your character and stories, and a weekly newsletter that fills you in on what's happening around town. Your character can talk about any, or all, of these events, or you can make up your own.

 What can't I do?

The site is moderated as if it were produced by Beckinfield High School's “On the Map Project.” The students would un-publish anything the high school would not allow. Guidelines include (but are not limited to):

  • No nudity or profanity. (As if it were prime time network television.)
  • No descriptions or depictions of explicit sexual or violent situations.
  • No music, video clips or otherwise copyright-protected material.
  • No harassing, name-calling or otherwise belittling of any site contributors.
  • No threats of violence against other people, characters or yourself.
  • No Descriptions, depictions, or implications of explicit sexual or violent situations.
  • No mentioning of any real persons who are not already in the public consciousness.

Beckinfield moderators reserve the right to flag any content and you will be made aware if something you have posted goes against community standards.

  Can I post my really cool video of my cat dressed like George Washington?

No; the video should tell a story about some aspect of the town, an event or a character in Beckinfield. (Adiving a title that says it is happening in Beckinfield usually isn't enough.)


  Can I post my really cool video of my cat dressed like George Washington, while I talk about trick-or-treating with the kitty around Beckinfield?

You betcha!

 Community

 What is "Tagging" videos?

When you upload your video, you are asked to fill in a title and description and you will see boxes for each story line. Filling out this section and checking the boxes when relevant will "tag" your video.

 Why is Tagging important?

An intriguing title and pithy description will help your video get noticed. Most viewers will decide to watch a video based on its description, so think of this as your marketing campaign. Tags are also essential for the site search and the Discovery Engine. The better the description, the more likely it is that your video will show up in a search or in the Discovery Engine's recommendations and the weekly compilations. When you tag the relevant events, characters and locations, it allows us to present your video in context.

 How can I find other actors for collaboration?

Beckinfield Actors have access to our community forums via the Community tab in Beckinfield Backstage. In the forums, you'll find guidelines on collaboration there and you can chat with other actors about working together.

 Why does it say I'm not logged in when I try to post in the forums?

To post in the forums, you have to create a separate username and a password.

 Do I have to behave in the forums?

Yes please! Beckinfield is a welcoming community of like-minded creatives. We don't want to stifle anyone's creativity, but there are some standards we would like to keep.

 Why can't I leave feedback on others' videos?

Beckinfield is meant to be a comfortable setting where actors can experiment, learn and grow. We do not want to discourage anyone from acting.

 Technobabble

 Can I just use the name of the event as a title?

Good heavens, no! Please do not use the names of events as the title of your video. You should come up with an original title and description that will intrigue your potential viewers.

&bnsp;How can I improve my video quality?

Just make sure that there is enough light for you to be seen and you are loud enough to be heard. You don't need fancy effects or editing to make a high quality video. Remember that Beckinfield videos are supposed to be shot by real people, not professional videographers.

 How can I improve my audio quality?

Everyone deserves to be heard, but you don't need to be an audio engineer to improve your sound. These quick tips should help:

  • Ideally, you want your videos to be about the same loudness as others on the site. Compare yours to the tutorial videos. Are they louder, softer or just right?
  • You could use software to adjust your volume if you are so inclined, but you can probably do just as well by moving closer or farther from your microphone. Record a few test videos, experimenting with position and speaking volume until you learn the “sweet spot.”

 What are the accepted file types for uploading videos?

We accept a wide range of file types which can be found in our video guidelines article.


 How often should I post videos?

As often as you like. Posting at least once a week is a good routine to cultivate if you want to build an audience.