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Today we have BlightProductions with his project, A Fool's Idea!
I was a producer/animator for various television stations in NYC for over 10 years, where I was nominated four times in the NYC EMMYS and I have won two TELLY awards. I quit my television gig last summer and moved to LA in order to pursue building my own production company that specializes in documenting and supporting creativity. My first attempt at such a project was for one of the television stations in NYC. I created a series about artists called "ART or something like it!". It was very well received and a week after it was nominated for an NYC EMMY, unfortunately the television station decided to cancel the series.
So after a few years of building up the courage, I have decided to make a go of pursuing something I can be proud of by creating a company that is designed to inspire and support the creative communities of the world. My first completely independent venture into this domain is a web-series called "A Fool's Idea" of which I am on the verge of launching the second season.
So I guess for now, I am a professional documentarian of the creative world.
- "Art or something like it": An EMMY nominated series about NYC artists.
- "Professor Bob's Brain Stew": An series inspired by Bill Nye the Science Guy, which teaches science principles with comedy and magic.
- "The Viral Sockpuppets": An interactive conversational story making game.
- "White Noise": A Multimedia clown experience featuring Jef Johnson (From Cirque Du Soleil & Slava's Snow Show)
- "A Fool's Idea": A conversational documentary series about comedy, performance, life & clown.
- I have collaborated with the comedy/activist group "The Yes Men" on a few projects.
- I made a short documentary about animator Bill Plympton, which was included in his last big DVD release.
There are a smattering of other shows I worked on while at the TV station but none of them are anything that I can be proud of.
Each episode (with the exception of a few specials) is centered around one thesis question and each artist responds with his or her viewpoint on the matter. Our goal is not to define concrete answers to each question, but rather to build a dialogue through conversation about creativity, performance, life experience, comedy and process.
The word “clown” has been corrupted in time so many people no longer remember its historical relevance or what it even is! The word “clown” are often generates negative thought in tone and associated with horror movies, serial killers and fast food. This is culturally and creatively irresponsible.
The clown has historical significance in almost every culture. From the shamanic fools of ancient Native American cultures to the court jesters of the middle ages, always reminding us of our own stupidity. When people spiral out of control, it is up to the clowns to bring us back down to Earth. In it’s purest form, the clown is the greatest communicator in the world, with its ability to transcend language and connect to an audience without words.
In a nutshell, the core concepts of what the world knows, as comedy owes everything it is, was and will ever be to the clown. They are our most basic human instincts, our worst fears and our greatest moments of joy. Their essence goes beyond makeup, oversized shoes and polka-dot pajamas. In fact they have everything to do with the discovery of innocence, honesty, humanity and communication in the creative space.
“A Fool’s Idea” is our way of helping society remember how to find its innocence so that we can remember what it means to be human.