An animated series capturing the shenanigans of four Asian American college freshmen in an all white university. (Comedy)
An animated series capturing the shenanigans of four Asian American college freshmen in an all white university. (Comedy) Read more
About this project
FRESHMEN YELLOW: Comedy. Absurdity. Heart.
Starring: Amy Okuda (The Guild, BFFs, ISAtv)
Q: What is Freshmen Yellow?
A: Take Scott Pilgrim Versus the World… have it make a baby with Boondocks then have that baby make a baby with the baby of Fooly Cooly and Bob’s Burgers… wait eighteen angsty years, have the kid be adopted by the cast of American Pie… and now you ALMOST have Freshmen Yellow.
Q: OK. -_- Seriously? What is Freshmen Yellow?
A: Four Asian American freshmen from the same predominantly Asian American hometown all end up going to the same all-white college, Whitemore University. The four, originally from different social groups, must band together in order to assimilate and survive. Freshmen Yellow aims to break stereotypes by attacking them straight on. The show is intended for networks such as Adult Swim or Fox. The pilot will be pitched around to networks (Fall of 2014) before making its way to festivals.
Q: Koolio! Who are these four kids? What're they all about?
A: Meet our Heroes:
James Kim- Ex-highschool president. James is a has-been, at least for now he is… Always dwelling his high school glory days, James is desperate to recreate the past. Thinking getting a white girlfriend or getting into an all-white-party will solve all his social problems, James puts his faith on the back-burner. SPOILER ALERT: After accidentally taking a 7 Eleven-penis-enhancement pill, James goes on his first college date …quite uncomfortably. #HasBeen
Michelle Tanaka – Punk. Rebel. Evangelist. Michelle has no interest in partying and instead wants to upset the setup at Whitemore. She slowly creates a movement through all the minority clubs on campus to overtake the party-crazed student government and racist Greek system… all while suppressing her high school crush on James. SPOILER ALERT: Michelle tries to get into ZetaZetaZeta, the head Christian sorority on campus. When rejected, she takes matters into her own hands… driving a flaming golf car through their house. #Rebel
Kyle Chen– Small Jock in a Big Pond. Kyle used to be the biggest, hunkiest, and most talented football star in his predominantly Asian hometown. However, he's a small fry compared to the big white dudes in college. After getting cut from the team on day 1, Kyle will do everything in his power to get back on the team in order to become popular again. SPOILER ALERT: After Kyle discovers weight training, he pops a bicep. #PoppedaBicepI'mBleeding
Su-Bin Lee– FOB. Gamer. Christian rapper. Su-Bin, a recent immigrant from Korea, enjoys having American friends for a change. All-knowing and quite the astute observer, Su-Bin gives James guidance in his new social surroundings. SPOILER ALERT: Mid-season- Su-Bin, an avid church-goer, struggles with possibly being gay for Kyle. #LoLChamp
Q: What can I expect for Season 1?
A: Not to give anything away, but here it all is (Major Spoilers Below):
E.1: James is finally invited to a party! Well, he finds a flier for one. He swears to do anything to get in. Michelle tries to get people to come to her church's bible study night, but becomes the campus outcast in doing so. In the end, the two end up going to church together. Meanwhile: Su-Bin and Kyle decide to take a break from League of Legends and throw a wild board game party, making the biggest Catan board known to man. #GrindingIsn'tTheSameAsSex?
E.2: It's Rush week at Whitemore University!... Michelle tries her best to get into Zeta Zeta Zeta (the most powerful business sorority on campus). After a trial of extreme and ridiculous hazing, she is rejected. Michelle gets her revenge by destroying their sorority house. Meanwhile: Kyle discovers weight-lifting and pops his biceps by going too hard. Lats, bro. #PoppedABicepI'mBleedin'
E.3: Michelle and Su-Bin are encouraged to bring a friend to church. They bring Kyle, who finds salvation... actually, more like comfort in the fact that they're hanging out with people. Things escalate when the CCC (Caucasian Catholic Club) announce they are having their Christian night on the same night as the Asian church. Ruh-roh...To be continued in:
E.4: It's an all out war for the two Christian clubs to bring students to their own event. Things get ugly fast. In the end, the two fighting churches come together and join forces when thy realize that the party-obsessed frats are their real enemies. #WhitePeopleLoveBoba
E.5: James and Kyle enter a school-wide beer pong tournament to prove that Christians can hang. After training with Su-Bin, who uses math and science to enhance their performance, Kyle is almost able to control his Asian glow. After winning the tournament, the team is given the nickname, "Freshmen Yellow" (ZING!) Side note: James finally asks Michelle out. #OriginStoryComplete
Q:Why the hell are The Simpsons Yellow?
A: I Don’t know… but for the longest time as a child, I thought it was because they were all Asian. Turns out Bart's white. Our heroes are Asian so yellow makes sense! Plus, we’d never want our live-action version to turn out like this.
To give you guys some perspective: we will be animating 17,600 unique and individual frames on episode 1 alone...all hand-drawn. That's a lot of animation!
Q: Can I get some deets on the OST?
A: Lots of homages to 90's teen movies. We are planning to commission several pop punk rock bands from Orange County, California for the soundtrack to give it that Blink 182-feel good-all-American vibe. We will also have some cool Christian punk music (you'd be surprised how hard Christians can rock) - \m/(>.<)\m/
Q: Wait, dude... is this a Christian series?
A: Like the Simpsons and Hills are Christian, and the Griffins are Catholic, Freshmen Yellow is a series about four Christians. As a Christian, myself, I struggled a lot with my faith and identity all throughout college. College is definitely a battleground when it comes to fighting not to compromise your values and beliefs. I put a lot of my personal experiences directly into these episodes.
So, it's not exactly Veggie Tales. At the heart of it, the main message of the series is "In an American University, it's hard to remain faithful to your true identity... but you definitely can." Don't get it twisted though, this show is still meant for the Adult Swim audience and it's still funny as hell. Christians, as well as people following other religions, are more often than not, mis-portrayed and generalized as bigots in the media. I strive to give an honest effort at stopping such misrepresentations.
Q: Sounds good so far... What are your realistic expectations for Freshmen Yellow?
A: Six seasons and a movie ... AND a not-as-good live action movie.
Risks and challenges
Q: Why Kickstarter, ya cheap-o!
A: Believe it or not, "Freshmen Yellow", a live-action feature length at the time, was very close to being funded and developed through the traditional studio route. A couple questions kept arising from the main studio execs and guys with the money bags, and those questions were, "Does America really want to watch four Asian protagonists?" "Can we make a rainbow? Let's have one of each race!" My answers were "yes" to the first and "no thanks" to the second. They pretty much gave me an ultimatum... make the changes or wait indefinitely for funding. I pulled the plug on them before they could lock my idea in an iron vault forever... and am now on my hands and knees begging you to please help me make this series the way it is supposed to be made! SHOW HOLLYWOOD THAT ASIANS CAN BE MORE THAN JUST CLOWNS AND KUNG-FU.
Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for even taking a look at our project. I promise every penny will go towards making the best series we can make. Please share, tweet, and pass this page along to a friend! Let's shake things up a bit~
You can always contact me directly at: FreshmenYellow@gmail.com
best regards and gratitude,
Andrew S. Baik
P.S. If we surpass our goal, which I know we will, we will be putting up “Behind the Scenes/Production” videos so you can learn how to make your own animations! XDLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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