I, Wombot

Hi all,

As those of you who have been following team 3132 closely will know, we have had a film crew following us throughout our journey. They are in the final editing stages of the documentry at the moment and are currently talking with Australian and American networks to get it shown in both countries.

To generate more excitement for the coming release of the doco, they just released a short trailer. To view it please go to http://vimeo.com/channels/iwombot . Please watch it, and share it with your friends! The more views it gets, the better chance we have of getting it on air and spreading FIRST around Australia and beyond!

Thanks for your support!

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This looks very interesting! It kind of reminds me of the movie our team was in. I look forward to watching this if at all possible in my area!

I think they should do this randomly for all teams. Kind of like a lottery of FIRST. If you get picked, the documentary of that year will be about your team.

Awesome job, can’t wait to see the rest!

Will miss you guys at BAE this year!:frowning:

This documentary is actually separate from the ones that have aired in the USA. (Like the one that was on PBS) When our team was first formed we had the idea of getting a documentary made about us because we are the first FRC team in Australia. Our founding sponsor (Macquarie University) has a media department, so we approached them about FRC. They sent an e-mail out to all their graduating class and we ended up with a five-man film crew. (Producer, director, sound/technical adviser, and co-director/camera-woman, with a faculty member overseeing the operation as the executive producer)

We hope the video will help others interested FIRST start it in their country, or (as in our case) continent!

Very interesting story! And what a great way to get the word out. I applaud your creative spirit, and also for becoming the first FRC team in Australia! I would love to see the movie to see the challenges you faced.

I can’t wait to see it!

Sounds very interesting, very nice preview! It shows FIRST really well.

When will we be able to see this? Will it be online as well as on TV?

Hi Brandon I am part of the documentary crew. At this point we are aiming to get it shown on TV both in the US and Australia. I think it also (don’t quote me on this) will be used as a FIRST promotional DVD. Currently we have sent it to ABC in Australia and Time-Warner (who recently got involved with FIRST) in the US for review to see if they will screen the full length 48 minute documentary. We are still waiting to hear back and if they do say yes it will most likely be another 6 months before it is shown on TV. Keep an eye on CD as I’m sure Sarah or myself will let you guys know.

EDIT: The full length doco is unlikely to be shown online but we do have a 10 minute promotional version which most likely will. I think I have heard discussion of letting the 10 minute version out into the internets in about a months time so stay tuned.

So if its not on TV, How would we see the entire 48 minute video?

I’m sure there will be a FIRST DVD distribution sometime :slight_smile:

I’ll be through Sydney in a few weeks and would have liked to see it.
My timing is just a little off…

Um I guess it could be possible to arrange that. We are suppose to be screening it to I think the government education department or something like that. Supposedly late November but I don’t when exactly, I wouldn’t be surprised if it takes longer as it was already meant to happen. If it is on while you are here you are welcome to come.

Otherwise Mark we could arrange a private screening for you (Sarah/Team 3132 sorry we want to show you it to you guys on the big screen so we don’t want to ruin it beforehand). Contact me just before you get here and I’ll get you in touch with our lovely editor or myself if I’m in the area.

I had one word to say after I watched this video: WOW!

This is an amazing trailer and a precise summarization of the FIRST experience. I can’t wait to see the full movie!

Also congrats on being the first team in Australia! :slight_smile:

The video is also now on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=(http://www.youtube.com/roboroos#p/a/u/0/T6TGO63ZSA4)!

From Bill’s Blog

Unfortunately, I’ll be around Cairns on the 25th.

Nuuu that’s sad you couldn’t make it. However the screening was a blast, everyone really enjoyed it including the film crew which is surprising seeing as some of us have seen it over 100 times.

Update on the TV situation, I guess in Oz only at the moment as I’m not sure what’s going on with the US. After a few months eventually ABC (in Oz) got back to us and said they are forwarding it to a different department, the education section. Originally it some how ended up on the under 12s kids department, don’t ask me why. The film crew is all new to this so hopefully we’ll learn the next time we send something to a TV station. I still don’t think this is the right section for a documentary on FRC so I’ve advised the rest of the film crew that perhaps we should contact them and tell them that our intended audience is for professional engineers and their companies, high school students, teachers and parents as it will take all of them to get FRC teams started in Australia.