If you grew up in the 80s, Aaron Simpson’s story may be familiar to you, especially if you grew up wanting to make movies.
He’ll tell us about the animated shorts he made by co-opting his dad’s 8mm camera.
He’ll tell us how he switched to making ridiculous live-action videos with his friends once that technology became available… by co-opting his dad’s video camera.
And you’ll also hear how he made a lot of connections in the animation industry through the blog he published about a new tool called Flash animation.
He met a lot of people that he later went on to work with by interviewing them for his blog.
I’m particularly interested in that part myself.
The "Captain" part of Todd Forman's stage name might be an affect, but the "Doctor" part if 100% true. Mike tries to convince the horn player for the popular family-friendly Jelly of the Month Club band to write a book on time management or personal productivity after hearing that he is not only a professional musician (with Sublime and Sublime with Rome in addition to JOTMC), but also a practicing physician with his own family medicine clinic, a teacher who is deeply passionate about arts education, and a former college baseball and water polo player. Come to think of it, maybe he is actually a captain, and he and Mike just didn't have time to discuss it in this conversation.
A piece of Mike's longer conversation with Josh Lehrman and Kyel Stegina about how their original show, "Paige & Frankie," eventually evolved into the popular new Disney show "Bizaardvark." Perfect for curious kids!
Unlike their fellow participants in Disney Storytellers, Josh Lehrman and Kyle Stegina didn't come into the 20-week writing program with an idea for a show. But by listening to the feedback of their mentors at Disney, they were able to create (and recereate) the show that eventually became "Bizaardvark," a workplace comedy on a network that doesn't do workplace comedies. Josh and Kyle tell Mike their contrasting philosophies on social media, the discovery that writing a kids' show is at least as hard as writing a grown-up show, and how they cast an incredibly brilliant actor as Paige's dad in the original pilot, only to later cast him into the gutter for their own amusement.
Shane Portman was writing stories meant to be read aloud and creating characters meant to annoy his younger sisters for years before he realized he had been preparing himself for a career writing children's television. Shane now works on Amazon's Emmy-winning preschool show "Tumble Leaf," as well as for "Moonlight Story Time" on the Curious World app. Check out his website and learn more about how such a quiet guy can have so many characters and stories rolling around in his head.