Posted by ChrisH at 04/24/2001 11:22 AM EST
Engineer on team #330, Beach 'Bots, from Hope Chapel Academy and NASA JPL, J & F Machine, Raytheon, et al.
In Reply to: What about creating a real life series about FIRST?
Posted by Joel G on 04/20/2001 9:30 AM EST:
It might be easier to incorporate it as a running story in an existing show. Probably more realistic too. After all most of us do other things besides build robots during most of the year. (Not that we stop completly either).
Since I’ve never owned a TV and haven’t had regular access to one since I moved out of my parents house almost 20 years ago, I have little idea what current shows might be appropriate. Isn’t there some show on about a high school in Boston? What about sit-coms with high-school students as regular characters?
Why don’t you guys come up with some ideas and send them to the relevant producers. If they like the idea then the can have it incorporated into a future script. If you do, be sure to mention that you are a high school student involved with a team. They might ask you to be a script consultant. If they really like you you might even get paid. Actually you would probably get more attention than I would.
Here are some starter ideas based on old shows, try and guess which ones:
High school girl gets involved in robot team. Boyfriend gets jealous because she’s not spending time with him. She has to choose. While it is more likely the other way around in real life, this provides a little more interest. Producer’s veiw: This could use up a good continuing character. But they may have wanted to get rid of him anyway and this could be a convienient excuse. Besides if it turns out to be a mistake (ratings wise, there is no other kind) they could always patch things up later.
TV “home improvement professional” gets drafted to help with child’s robot team… (can you say “ninny with power tools?”) Producer’s view: Good alternate story line, no new continuing characters needed, low production impact, if it doesn’t work drop it.
New character at neighborhood watering hole. A high school science teacher who happens to sponsor a robot team… Producer’s veiw: New character or major change to old one required, high risk factor, but opens new possibilities, potential spinoff, once character is established can expand or kill as ratings require.
Can anybody think of more?
Christopher H Husmann
Team 330 the Beach’Bots
Who once upon a time read a book about script writing for television.