SPONGEBOB TRY OUTS! (Walking the streets of Bikini Bottom)
This summer I’ve been in serious production mode – applying for writer’s labs, workshops, and teaching positions. One submission I pursued was the NBC’s Writer’s on the Verge program in Universal City, CA. This program is geared toward aspiring writers who are looking to build a career in television writing with the goal of pitching and running their own television series. Exciting stuff!
Requirements besides the usual resume, cover letter, and bio (easy enough) included a spec script based on an existing television show that was on during the 2010-2011 season.
Could I write for MAD MEN? The task seemed difficult in the time-frame, more research than writing. And my script idea, Don Draper time-travelling to the 90′s to meet his older Republican, Bob Dole-voting self, didn’t seem appropriate for the show.
THE GOOD WIFE – did I have the wit or legalese for this show? Maybe a soap-opera! I do love the idea of writing episodes filled with back-stabbing and sordid love affairs but after watching a weeks worth of soaps I realized the format was too slow and continuity-driven for my taste.
Then it suddenly dawned on me. SPONGEBOB!
He is a perfectly malleable character; adventurous, silly, driven, obessive, and unrelentingly enthusiastic. Like a sponge, he was pliable enough to fit an infinite array of plots.
Since Spongebob episodes are generally broken into two 10-11 minute episodes I submitted a spec script with two stories.
- POP ART - Spongebob dreams of becoming a famous bubble-blowing artist but must defeat his idol, the very serious World Champion bubble-blower, ESTOBAN.
Kansas City based artist Ascot Smith was recognized by Americans for the Arts for his project titled Forever People. It was named in the Top 50 Best Public Art of 2010. Notable award winners from previous years include Yoko Ono (2007), Jenny Holzer (2008), Barbara Kruger (2009), Cindy Sherman (2009), and the late Louise Bourgeois (2008).
The announcement was delivered on June 16, during the Americans of Arts 2011 Public Art Network Year in Review, in San Diego. Forever People was one of 47 artworks selected from 430 competitors nationwide. Americans for the Arts is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization advancing the arts in America. Their Public Art Network Year in Review is the only national program that specifically recognizes public art projects. For a list of the Recognized Public Art Projects: http://www.artsusa.org/networks/public_art_network/year_in_review/YIR2011ProjectList.pdf
Come see a live reading of Forever People followed by a Q&A!
To RSVP, please visit the Kansas City Public Library Event Page.
Date: Friday, November 12, 2010
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Place: Downtown Central Public Library
14 West 10th Street, KCMO
Local artists Porter Arneill and Ascot Smith discuss the state of public art in Kansas City as well as Smith’s Forever People, the most recent addition to Kansas City’s ARTwall, the custom-designed billboard that exhibits super-sized contemporary art at 13th and Grand streets.
A script-in-hand performance of Forever People follows. The story is set in the year 2200. A nameless couple sends recorded messages into the past hoping to prevent a dystopian future. The two begin to confess their struggles with sustaining a relationship amid holographic love affairs and android rivalries. Smith is a writer as well as a multimedia artist.