is a strange animal. Its a symbiosis of right and left brain.
Since film is a visual medium, one must think in terms of pictures
not literacy, yet one must rely on literacy to put the... um
Man, all this waxing philosophic make my brain
hurt.Suffice to say, its hard to write a sight gag and make
it as funny on paper as it will appear in the final film.
The Easter Carol (2004)
Based on an outline submitted from an outside writer, I wrote
this script with Phil Vischer and Keith Lango. I also took a step
and tried to write some of the songs. Believe it or not, we kept
most of my lyrics, but ran my melodies through Kurt Heinecke and
Phil for some critical improvement.
This is by far the most religious piece to come out of Big Idea.
But what else could we do? After all, we are an entertainment
company with a biblical worldview. We couldnt stay true
to our mission and skirt the cornerstone beliefs of our faith.
The trick was tackling what we feel are eternal Truths
vegetables, and somehow striking a balance between the sacred
and the silly. I think youll like it.
3-2-1 Penguins: Runaway Pride at Lightstation Kilowatt (2002)
actually started out as an exercise for me. I wanted to redefine
the format of the series and cement some things into place. (To
some extent, I felt we were re-inventing the show with every episode.)
I wanted to try splitting up the cast and experiment with some
character chemistry. Anyway, I took an outline by Keith Lango
and wrote up a script. The Big Idea powers that be liked it and
it went into production. The director, Ron Smith, re-wrote the
show, but much of what I did (but not all) is still there.
Lyle the Kindly Viking (2001)
of Omelet section
While I didnt
write the Lyle segment of this show (though I did cut a few lines
out, much to Phils surprise), I did co-write the introductory
sketch, Omelet. Eric Metaxes wrote the first draft, but, as director,
it seemed a little complicated in its production values
too many complex locations. So I simplified it and streamlined
it a bit, as well as added the 2-B? No, not 2-B Battleship
Oh, and the line, The last poor yolks! Ill chew them
well, Horatio! is mine, too.