What it is, People
Everybody Wants to Rule(r) the World
(or die trying)
Our goal is to create the 2nd illustrated Professor Blue book, part of a series, for kids aged 5-11, and use that to springboard into a TV pilot.
We believe you can never have too much of a good thing. A new children’s TV program, pre-teen, involving actors that’s filled with smart humor, a good plot and is educational is exactly what the nerds have been waiting for! I mean, how many shows about policemen and lawyers do kids really need?? ;)
We add on board another collaborator, Mihai Dinelscu, to help us with a professional crew to film and edit the pilot.
What is this Mihai person? And, more importantly, what does he want with us?
- Mihai served as Producer for the indie movie hit “Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench.”
- Guy and Madeline was recognized as one of the "30 best films of 2010" by The New York Times and one of the "Top Ten Movies of 2010" by The Village Voice, Film Comment, and Time Out New York.
- Mihai is also a founding member of the CEMI Electronic Media Institute, an educational organization devoted to technological creativity.
Who is Professor Blue?
Professor Blue started as a microbe of an idea by Maria Laskar, an independent artist and theatre Director from the National Theatre School in Montreal.
Looking for new subject matter, Maria listened to the real scientists sounding alarm bells about the environment, and the state of science awareness (or lack thereof), and decided to create a character, Professor Blue, to explain basic science facts to children and the general public.
Not just mired in the theatre, Maria also graduated from McGill University as an early childhood educator. She knows how to speak to children using humor, education, and the arts, and so decided to incorporate all of these elements with Professor Blue to appeal to kids about science and the environment.
Maria secured funding and support from the likes of MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), the CALQ (Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec), large corporations and smaller companies to write and film video podcasts. The podcasts were shown in various film festivals and streamed online. She was even invited to perform live at the Cambridge Science festival including the Boston Museum of Science. Maria later researched and wrote capsules for the David Suzuki Report, a radio show hosted by David Suzuki, Canada’s most famous scientist.
Behind the Blue wig
- the actor who plays Professor Blue in the video podcasts
- writer for the Bloog (Professor Blue’s blog) at http://professorblue.com,
- writer for @profblue on Twitter & http://facebook.com/professorblue ->the Facebook page,<-
- writer for those other places where words need wording for fluffing, primping, file documentation heretofore explaining merging and condescending.
She also produces and writes pretend commercials and ad campaigns throughout the known hemisphere.
What’s so great about pretend commercials?
While studying writing at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, graduate English at Harvard, and the MFA Writer's series at Bennington College, Sheila also worked in catering and restaurants before hitting the big tent, the big blue wig tent, collecting and perfecting many receipes for kids and other fussy eaters. She offers the Self-Help Comedy Cookbook as one of the perks, having tested the recipes on she-herself-and-her, along with a few parents of insistently-trying-to-help-but-pooping-out-before-finishing Land Urchins (aka kids).
Next, Maria teamed up with the majestic and awesome Jennie Shipman Bonwich.
Did you know that Jennie drew official cartoons for the St Louis Cardinals? The baseball team, and not the ornithological rock band, that is.
Now available for sale at Amazon, Barnes and Nobles and throughout local Quebec bookstores, as well as from the trunk of Maria Laskar's car.
Accordion to Whom?
We’ve also scored the rights to use a song performed by Lynda Barry, artist/cartoonist and accordion player extraordinaire. We shall be using this music in our pilot TV program to help us convey something very important about ... something sciencey.
What We Need:
The generous money you fork over will buy us some time to create and illustrate an awesome new book, as well as video and edit an energetic, creative pilot for TV.
Some of the funds will be used to pay for the crew, rental of equipment (green screen, etc) pizza, sets, costumes and sound engineering for the best super duper video ever. We want to connect with kids’ inner nerds.
What do you get?
A headache! Simply put, you get another reason to drive yourself crazy. You know how your daughter or son or nephew or neighbor kid or favorite Girl Scout likes to harp on an on about Dora the Explora or Tonka Toys or whatever? We want to add Professor Blue to that kid's repertoire.
No, seriously (kind of), you get our best products - book, tv episode in maybe 4-8 months - or sooner.
The T-shirts, drinking glasses, and other stuff will be shipped out much sooner than the DVD and Book 2. We’ll email you to let you in on our progress. We’ll have a secret page on our Professor Blue website that only you can join so that we can keep in touch about very important stuff. Secret handshakes too.
Please pass word of our fundraiser to all your People, and make noise about us in your circle of relations.
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And…curtain up, lights dimmed, Let's roll.
No, really, Thank you!