- Where can I watch the show?
- How do you select the clowns that are featured on the series?
- At this point there are no major formulas for choosing who we feature. We were able to get the first season completed because while we were based in NYC, we had access to these amazing performers. We have never had any kind of budget for the series, so we try and take advantage of every opportunity presented in order to make the series as interesting as possible. If there is any kind of guid we go by while looking for artists to fill a season, it is that we would like them to have a strong point of view about what it is they are doing and why they are doing it. We also try and choose a diverse mix of cultures and backgrounds so that each season offers a well rounded conversation.
- What equipment do you use?
- All of the interviews for the first season were shot with “Flip” Cameras because we could not afford a better camera. However, for the second season we upgraded our main interview camera to a Canon Vixia, however we still used the “Flip” camera to record the B cam shots. As the series progresses and grows, we hope to continue to upgrade our production gear for each season.
- Who funds the series?
- Up until now, the series has been entirely funded from money out of our personal savings. This year we are finally experimenting with crowdfunding, if everything goes as planned, you will help us fund the series, so that we can make it bigger and better with every new season.
- Why produce a series like this?
- Everyone loves a clown whether they know it or not; however, the word “clown” has been bastardized in modern culture to the point where many people no longer remember its historical relevance or what it even is! The thoughts generated with the word “clown” are often negative in tone and associated with horror movies, serial killers and fast food. This is culturally and creatively irresponsible.What most people have forgotten is that the clown has historically been a significant figure in almost every culture since the creation of fire. From the shamanic fools of ancient Native American cultures to the court jesters of the middle ages, clowns have always been there to remind us of our stupidity. When people spiral out of control, it’s up to the clowns to bring us back down to Earth. In its purest form, the clown is the greatest communicator in the world, able to transcend language and connect to an audience without words.Before there was sound in film, it was clowns that ruled the big screen, from Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, to Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy and W. C. Fields. Even as audio exploded on screen, the clown community still dominated with the likes of the Marx Brothers, Jackie Gleason and Red Skelton. The broad comedy of these early clowns was enjoyed and accessible beyond just an English speaking audience, thus creating connections of shared experience across cultural, social and language barriers. Over the years, comedy has become more culturally exclusive and based in intellect, so that it can no longer easily bridge cultural divides. Most modern comedians have a difficult time communicating culture-specific language-based jokes to an audience from a different nation. This kind of dysfunctional communication is well documented in films like Albert Brooks’ “Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World” and Philip Rosenthal’s “Exporting Raymond”. However, just like the golden years of silent film comedy, clown-based experiences such as “Slava’s Snowshow” and the many incarnations of Cirque du Soleil have had the ability to play all over the world and appeal to a broad audience, regardless of cultural background.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. The clown is our most basic human instincts, our worst fears and our greatest moments of joy. The essence of clown has nothing to do with makeup, oversized shoes and polka-dotted pajamas, although these elements help the performer exaggerate their character in different creative and fantastical ways. The essence of a clown has 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 learn how to rediscover its innocence so that we all can remember what it means to be human.
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