What would the Founding Fathers’ socks have to say about them, literally? If George Washington’s socks were made in England, could they still have respect for him? Or would they see him as a traitor to the Crown?
Footnotes: A Sockumentary takes a ridiculous look at the past from an unlikely perspective, that of historical figures’ humble stockings. It’s the content of Drunk History and the format of Between Two Ferns meets The Muppet Show’s whimsy mixed with the educational value of Reading Rainbow.
Each episode explores one historical figure or event, focusing on a unique anecdote. Filmed as a parody of an in-studio television interview, our earnest (though sometimes clueless) human host explores a variety of scripted topics with the sock puppet guests. Each sock’s story will be illustrated through animation, re-enactments, and manipulated historical footage. Though the sock characters are fictional, the information presented is historically accurate.
The primary goal of the series is to encourage young minds to consider and understand the world from new perspectives. Footnotes is not intended to be a stand-alone product, but a catalyst for the exploration of new ideas.
Topics will be based on curriculum and appropriate for grades three through five, with sophisticated humor intended for all audiences. (Did you know that Buzz Aldrin was the first person to pee on the Moon?) Each episode will be a brief 3.5 minutes long and structured in blocks of three to four episodes focused on a common theme, such as the Revolutionary War, Women in Science, or Space Exploration.
These various topics and figures allow Footnotes to integrate subjects beyond history. Episodes on Marie Curie, George Washington Carver, and Isaac Newton would necessitate math and science details (and crime fighting – in addition to being a physicist, Newton’s second career was as the Ward of the Royal Mint where he took down counterfeiters, sans cape and tights). As well, each episode can include other subject material, such as grade appropriate vocabulary words.
Footnotes: A Sockumentary is a production of Good.Bye Films, in partnership with American University School of Communication and funded in part by the Mister Rogers Memorial Scholarship administered by the Television Academy Foundation.