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Bonk - Frequently Asked Questions


Corporate Events Only

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What level of production is Bonk available in?

Bonk is available in all levels of production: Bronze, Silver, Gold & Platinum. Bronze and Silver are identical with the exception that with the Silver package you will also have an on site technician to take care of all technical needs of the show - allowing the host to focus only on entertainment. Entertainment value is exactly the same for all levels of production - the difference is the "stuff" we bring with us.

Bronze Level Production

Bronze Level Production

We'll ask you to provide a few things for this show. It leaves the big sets at home and uses readily available items from your campus. See "Technical Needs" on this page for those items.

Bronze Level Shows Include:

  • Host
  • Computerized Game Play
  • Wireless Connectivity so host can run show from his iPad with touchscreen computer back up - just in case
  • Helmets and Mallets for "Bonking In"
  • Wireless microphones built into the helmets so contestants can all be heard
  • Bank of game questions custom tweaked for college audiences
  • Prize package
  • Sound Effects
  • Music

Silver Level Shows Include

  • Everything included in Bronze Level Show
  • Additional person to run all of the technical aspects of the show
  • Side gobo projectors to project logo and create virtual set
  • Gold Production Shows

    All the bells and whistles of a TV Game Show.

    Includes:

    • Host
    • Technician
    • Huge Set
    • Wireless Helmets and Mallets for "Bonking In"
    • Wireless microphones built into the helmets so contestants can all be heard
    • Intelligent Lighting
    • Traffic Cones
    • Signage
    • Music & Sound Effects
    • Full Sound System (appropriate for audiences up to 500) if more are expected you should either provide sound or go with a Platinum Level Show.
    • Video Projection
    • Stylized Video Screens

    Platinum Level Shows

    Everything included in the Gold production PLUS...

    • Front of Stage Truss System to suspend lighting and video projection - giving cleaner lines
    • Enhanced Intelligent Lighting
    • General Lighting - an important distinction between packages
    • Enhanced Sound System (when needed)

    Additional Items that can be added on a per item basis but that are NOT included automatically in our published pricing:

    • Live music & announcer
    • Bonk Babe
    • Follow Spots and Operators
    • Customization of questions or game play
    • Live video recording and side of stage video projection (outsourced locally)
    • Custom Commercials and Videos

     

  • Host
  • Technician
  • Huge Set
  • Intelligent Lighting
  • Player Stands
  • Briefcases & Stands
  • Music & Sound Effects
  • Full Sound System
  • Video Projection & Screens

Platinum Level Shows

Everything included in the Gold production PLUS...

  • Front of Stage Truss System to suspend lighting and video projection - giving cleaner lines
  • Enhanced Intelligent Lighting
  • General Lighting - an important distinction
  • Enhanced Sound System (when needed)
What are Bonk's technical needs?

Bronze Level Production

We'll need to following to be provided for the Bronze Level (Budget) Shows.

  • Video Projector & Enough Cable to reach the Podium
  • Podium
  • Sound System that is appropriate to the venue
  • Extension Cord with Power Strip - enough to reach the podium.
  • Optional
    • 3 Traffic Cones or 3 Microphone Stands
    • Two lighting trees to illuminate the stage
  • Technician who knows how to access your sound/video

 

Gold Production Shows

Electrical: Our equipment can run off of regular household current. We ask that 4 outlets, on 20 amp circuits, be available for our exclusive use.

If these outlets are further than 30' away from the performance area then extension cords should be provided.

General Stage Lighting: A general stage wash is needed for the show. The lighting we carry is for effect and general illumination should be provided by the venue. Our Platinum level shows include full stage lighting.

Sound: We carry our own sound equipment for Beat the Banker

Load in/Load out assistance: We have a LOT of gear to load in. It's all on wheels, so there's no heavy lifting. We don't require help, but we sure appreciate it when we get it and it puts our crew in a great mood for your show!

Platinum Level Shows

All of the needs of the Gold Show EXCEPT General Lighting - which we provide for Platinum Level Shows. Plus we strongly recommend a spider box or a direct power input as we will be drawing a lot of power. This is only for the platinum level shows as the lighting package is much more robust and intense.

How big of an audience can BONK play to?

Our sets are specifically designed to be flexible and fit most spaces.

Our Sound System is for audiences of up to 500 for Gold Programs and 1000 for Platinum. We can provide sound for up to 2000 people if needed, though extra fees would apply.

If you are going to have a crowd of more than 500 we strongly recommend setting up projectors on the sides of the stage and having large screen video projection of the games scoring and video mixed together with live camera(s) of the contestants. We outsource this work locally or can work with the existing staff from your meeting as most events of this size are already using this technology.

Is a prize package included & how much?

All corporate events are Plus Prizes.

Prizes should be obtained for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place as well as consolation prizes, gag prizes and prizes for several audience members.

We can provide you with prizes and save you the hassle of shopping. Give us a budget and we'll make some suggestions for you.

How many contestants play the game?

This is one of the most often asked questions. Please keep in mind that we are PUTTING ON A SHOW, not just playing a game.

People tune in to watch game shows on television every night with no chance at all of playing. They watch because it's entertaining and fun.

That being said...

The entire audience will have a chance, at a minimum of one time or another in the competition.

There will be 3 rounds of formal game play with 3 players in each round - making a total of 9 who play the formal game after the competitions to get on stage.

Additionally members of the audience may be asked to answer for players on stage or may win the chance to replace a player on stage.

How are people selected to play the game?

Everyone at your event will have a chance to play during the game through our group challenges such as "Your Group Has Talent" and other ways to get everyone an equal chance to participate.

One of our most popular ways of selecting contestants is "Scavenger Hunt" style ala the old "Let's Make a Deal" gameshow. We'll ask for someone with the most school flair, or someone with a picture of their pet on their cell phone, etc.

You can also do a drawing for the opportunity, or have people preselected - but we HIGHLY RECOMMEND using our time proven ways.

Can we get all inclusive pricing?

Of course.

We list our prices plus travel and lodging, but we will give you a firm price for travel, and if you prefer we can even include the cost of the hotel.

You'll know exactly what your price is when you send back the contract.

Are there going to be any extra charges?

We won't charge you for anything that you don't agree to and we try very hard to be concious of your budget. We certainly don't nickle and dime you with extras and we try to include everything that is needed for 90% of the situations in the pricing. While we try for one price pricing, occassionally we're presented with the need for additional staff, lighting, sound etc. that doesn't fit into the "normal".

Most items are outlined in the contract, but there are a few things that are extra.

We have an attitude of we can do anything, we just can't include everything at one price as not everyone needs all options.

Additional Items that can be added on a per item basis but that are NOT included automatically in our published pricing:

  • Live music & announcer
  • Follow Spots and Operators
  • Customization of questions or game play
  • Live video recording and/or side of stage video projection (outsourced locally)
  • Site visits or face-to-face meetings (see next drop down).
  • Use of text to screen software in meetings for Q&A, running commentary or as a social event during dinner or cocktails
  • Custom Commercials and Videos
  • Shorter or more difficult than normal set up that will require extra crew members. (see load in/set up time needs on this page)
  • Being required to load in/set up the night before an event or more than 1 hour before or after our show is to beging
  • Providing video/music/lighting/podiums for speeches, awards etc. before or after the show.
  • Models, Spokesmodels, Actresses to facilitate game play and add character.
Can you do a site visit/live meetings?

95% of the time site visits are not needed, at least on our end. However, if it makes you feel more comfortable for us to make a site visit we can do so.

We are fully set up to do phone meetings and on-line, shared computer screen meetings if we are customizing a show for you. If we are providing you with a customized show, this is included in the cost of customization. Current technology means that we can typically get more done in less time meeting from our own desktop or laptop computers than in a board room.

If a face to face meeting is required, then expenses and a fee will be added (typically $50-$75 per hour including travel time).

In the case of any meeting whether online, on the phone, or in person a clear agenda should be shared before the meeting to ensure that we are all prepared and can work efficiently.

If you feel this is going to be necessary, please advise us in advance and we'll work these meetings into our bid for your event.

Since only 1 in 100 clients require these services, they are not automatically included in the price of a show.

Do you have insurance?

Of course.

We are fully insured. We can add your event to our policy at no additional charge - so you're covered too.

Note: We need 2 weeks notice to provide a certificate of insurance, otherwise a $50 rush order is required. Please let us know if you'll need this so we don't have to charge fees that are unneeded.

How much time does it take to set up/tear down?

Bronze Level Production

Silver Level Production

We'll need about 2 hours to set up. It takes far less than this to set everything up, but this gives us time to troubleshoot since we'll be using unfamiliar equipment. This always gives us plenty of time, providing that all items from our tech needs are ready and waiting for us when we arrive.

Gold Production Shows

Take about 3-3 1/2 hours to set up and about 60-90 minutes to tear down and load out.

Please take this into account when scheduling your facilities.

Shorter set up times (within reason) can be accomplished by us bringing in extra crew at an extra cost. Please inquire if you will need us to do this

Platinum Level Shows

Take about 4-4 1/2 hours to set up and about 75-100 minutes to tear down and load out.

Please take this into account when scheduling your facilities.

Shorter set up times (within reason) can be accomplished by us bringing in extra crew at an extra cost. Please inquire if you will need us to do this

These set up times assume easy access to the rooms, a loading dock and NO STAIRS. If we will need extra time to load in please let us know in advance.

How long does a show last?

Left to it's own devices our shows last between 60-90 minutes with an average of 70 minutes.

It will largely depend on the audience and the people playing the game. Some players take less time than others.

We can always hit a shorter or precise show length, though we don't recommend "stretching" a show to last longer than it does organically.

Our experienced hosts know just what to do to keep the pacing of the show on the target of 70 minutes.

Can we customize the game or game play?

Of course.

Customizing your Game Show experience is what we're all about.

We will work with you on what you want to accomplish and we will create questions that fit the character of BONK and accomplish your goals at the same time.

Because BONK has such a defined character writing questions for it is a very time consuming process and additional charges may be incurred.

What size of performance area is needed?

Our Bronze and Silver shows are very flexible and can fit in just about any space. However - to make it feel more like a show we recommend the minimums outlined below. We can be very flexible with the budget shows, but not quite as much with the Gold/Platinum shows.

Our shows are pretty big. So we do need some room. Though we do have a bit of flexibility these are our ideal space needs:

For Gold or Platinum Level shows a stage or platform that is a minimum of 16' deep x 24' wide (preferably 28' or wider)

If a stage is not available we can work on floor level - just add about 4 feet to these dimensions.

Near the stage/performance area should be a place for two 6 foot banquet tables (we'll bring these) for our technician to set up.

This space should be indoors, or if outdoors this should be preapproved by our staff and it should be a covered area. Outdoor shows are not recommended for daytime events as even our very bright projectors get washed out in full sunlight.

We also need 10.5 feet above the stage for our full set - though we can make the set shorter if we need to. Again... just let us know in advance so we are prepared.

Are discounts available?

We stick to our published price list unless you can work around our travel schedule - in which case you can save money on travel costs and occassionally, depending on your flexibility, on the show fee as well.

You can also get discounts by scheduling multiple events at once.

We automatically include a 2.5% discount in every price quote for paying with cash or a company check upon the conclusion of the show.

This discount is forfieted if a check is not handed to the host upon the conclusion of the show, or if you need to use a credit card to pay for the show.

Do you require a deposit or retainer fee?

A 20% retainer fee is due with a returned contract within 14 days of requesting a contract.

This retainer fee insures that we hold the requested date for you and begin work on the customization.

Because the fee is for holding a date, it is non refundable.

Do You Accept Major Credit Cards?

Visa Mastercard Discover Amex

It is our goal to be as easy to work with as possible. So yes - we are happy to accept a credit card as payment.

We recognize that recent legislative changes about W-9 reporting combined with rewards programs offered by Credit Card Companies are making it more and more appealing for corporations to use plastic to pay for services and we're happy to oblige your needs.

But please note the following caveats and disclosures when using a credit card to pay for your services.

We quote prices with a built in 2.5% discount for paying with cash or a company check. This 2.5% discount will be reapplied to the total fee if you choose to use a credit card for payment.

You can use the credit card for the retainer, the total fee or however you need to have it divided. The loss of the 2.5% discount will only apply to the portion which is paid by credit card.

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