The following video entitled “Book Launch 2.0” highlights the situation many authors face today — they’ve published a book but are expected to engage with potential readers via social media. In today’s market people are increasingly expecting to be able to engage with products, organization and especially authors.
We just wrapped filming the live action segments for the seasons 3 through 5 of the Curious George show (on PBS everywhere). Each animated story is followed by a action segment featuring children engaging with the concept the story explored. For all seasons to date I was contracted by the company producing the segments to serve as Associate Producer, work on developing the activity concepts, field testing whatever the kids needed to do, and then served as on site educator, art department and mad scientist when filming. Curious George is a co-production of Universal Studios and WGBH.
Curious George is an Emmy award-winning animated series based on the popular books by Margret and H.A. Rey. It airs daily on PBS KIDS. Aimed at preschool viewers (ages three to five), the goal of the series is to inspire children to explore science, engineering, and math in the world around them. And what better guide is there for this kind of exploration than the world’s most curious monkey?
Season 4 of Fetch is now airing on PBS nationally. I worked six of the challenges, created many of the props, and development of the studio set for the finale. Nothing like making goat costumes and giant cheese props to mix things up a little bit! In addition to field production, I worked in the WGBH studio control room during the filming in Ruff’s garage, Studio G.
Part game show, part reality TV, and part spoof, FETCH! features real kids, real challenges, real science, and an unreal host named Ruff Ruffman (yes, he’s an animated dog!) Featuring 20 half-hour episodes, FETCH! mixes live-action with animation and breaks the mold with its educational and comical take on America’s newest television genre. Targeting six- to ten-year olds, it is spontaneous, unscripted, and full of twists.
Recently we also wrapped production on the live action segments for the latest season of Peep and the Big Wide World. This show featuring three bird characters (Peep, Quack and Chirp) may be seen nationally on TLC, Discovery Kids and locally in Boston on WGBH 2. Unfortunately none of the segments are available to view online. To get a sense of what we’ve been working on you can look at this list of “Anywhere Science Activities” from the show’s website. For each of these activities we produced a live action documentary style segment.
The animated series PEEP and the Big Wide World gives wings to the innovative idea of teaching science to preschoolers. Wry and distinctive visual humor, charming plotlines, and lovable characters combine with a comprehensive science program to attract and engage kids three to five years old.
The following trailer is for a documentary by my friend and colleague, Christopher O’Brien, titled “Ritual: The Samurai of the Soma Noma oi.” After getting an MFA in documentary film Chris interned for Radiant Productions and LionsGate Entertainment in L.A. Ritual is his first documentary and is now being distributed internationally.