A workplace comedy that focuses on college-aged counselors who take care of children at an elementary school for the gifted.
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With our amazing cast and crew we expect to wrap filming in 1 weekend. Then I'll have less than 3 weeks to edit it and deliver the finished product in cooperation with Comedy Central and The New York Television Festival.
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“Aftercare” follows a group of college-aged counselors who take care of children at the fictional Nogwood, a private elementary school for the gifted and talented. When the bell rings for the end of the day, the majority of students go home on buses or in carpool. For those whose parents work late, they get to hangout in Aftercare, which lasts from 3 – 6pm. Our show focuses on this 3 hour time period.
This is a comedy about coming of age, much like Girls and Workaholics, but here we take a look at the slightly younger crowd – the college kids. Most college-aged comedies are set at college, unsurprisingly. We wanted to show the working-class college kid within the ecosystem that is Nogwood. Although they are ‘working’ they aren’t quite in the working world yet. The counselors are addressed by “Mr. or Ms. (first name),” which is symbolic of their intermediate status in the world. They often act irresponsibly, but in other instances they show signs of maturity, connecting with the children in meaningful ways.
Most of these counselors go to community college -- they’re not the brightest, nor the wealthiest, nor the best looking. But the children ARE. They are tiny prodigies, geniuses, or maybe they’re just wealthy, but they’ve got a leg up in life on the counselors. A lot of the comedy stems from this dichotomy. The parents are wealthy, over-protective, and at times suspicious of the counselors’ behavior. The teachers treat the counselors as if they were part of the student body. The school’s principal and its founder (who are husband and wife) are rarely seen, but often talked about in a way that gives them an authoritative, almost godlike aura. The two Aftercare administrators are more accessible, everyday folks, whom act as friends to the counselors and are less likely to crack the whip than they are to get the ruler from their higher-ups.
Family is a big theme in our show. Mrs. Mulberry, the Aftercare supervisor, is the mother of Karl, one of our counselors. Another counselor Rob, is the son of the Nogwoods, at least biologically. They treat him lesser than they do their students because he isn’t “GT”. Two of the new counselors, Leah and Melissa, are sisters and often act like it. When family members work together it creates situations that are ripe for conflict.
Another theme we play with is the rise of the internet, smartphones, and social media. The kids are very tech-savvy, own all the latest gadgets, and are highly attuned to what’s going on in the world. They interact with each other and the counselors on Facebook, Twitter, and text messaging, which leads to problems such as gossip and cyber-bullying. This is the most connected generation in history, but we ask the question, “is it a good thing?”
We've tried to write romantic plotlines that are fresh and relevant. Our main character, Steve, is attracted to Leah, and she him. But Leah is Mormon. Mormons have been depicted in film and television such as Big Love and Book of Mormon but only in the extremes. A huge percentage of the Mormon faith are very ‘normal’—socially comparable to you or I. But Leah is not allowed to date a non-Mormon. This is what keeps the two apart, and as the show progresses, we will find out how important this facet of Leah's faith is to her, and if she will go against her family and her church’s will to follow her heart.
We’ve got a lot of surprises in store for “Aftercare”, but if our pilot doesn’t get made, you’ll never see what the show has to offer. Please consider donating and helping us make our dreams come true.
Go Inside the Writers Room as Matt, Mark, and Steve reminisce about their real life experiences working as counselors at a private elementary school for the gifted.
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With such a large cast (10 counselors, 2 administrators, and at least 10 kids), anything could happen. If someone were to drop out, we'd have to replace them last second. We have 2 actors and 3 integral crew members driving up from Virginia, so if it snows that weekend, we'll have to reschedule the whole shoot, which means I'll have even less time to finish it before the March 4th deadline. Also we are shooting in a real elementary school, which presents its own set of challenges. The security guard told us that the last time someone shot a film there, one of the lights got too close to a fire detector and the sprinklers went off, and the whole lobby flooded! I can't imagine that happening to us, but you never know. The golden rule is, "whatever can go wrong, will go wrong," so we've taken every precaution and preparation to make sure things go as smoothly as possible.
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Production costs include crew, equipment, transportation, lodging, locations, and the all important catering. With 25 actors and 15 crew, we'll have 40 mouths to feed for 2 days. Also we're buying customized counselor uniforms and dodgeballs for the shoot that will later become your rewards.
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