Footnotes: A Sockumentary is a ridiculous web series that explores history from an unlikely perspective: socks.
What would the Founding Fathers’ socks say about them, literally? If George Washington’s socks were made in England, could they still have respect for him?
The Footnotes series combines the content of Drunk History with The Muppet Show’s whimsy and the educational value of Reading Rainbow.
Each episode explores a historical figure or event, focusing on a unique anecdote. Filmed as a mockumentary, our earnest1 human host discusses a variety of topics with the sock puppet witnesses. Each sock’s story is illustrated through animation, re-enactments, and manipulated historical footage. Though the sock characters are fictional, the information presented is historically accurate.2
The primary goal of the series is to encourage young minds to consider and
understand historical events from new perspectives. Footnotes is not intended to be a stand-alone product, but a catalyst for the exploration of new ideas.
Topics are based on curriculum and appropriate for grades three through five, with sophisticated humor intended for all audiences.3 Each episode is 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.4 As well, each episode will subtly include other subject material, such as grade appropriate vocabulary words.
This silly take on history will remind everyone that the past can be just as fun and unusual as the present, despite what you read in a book.
Footnotes: A Sockumentary is currently in pre-production and is being developed by 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.
1. though sometimes clueless ↩
2. Truth can be stranger than fiction, like the time that the Liberty Bell was hidden under a pile of manure. ↩
3. Did you know that Buzz Aldrin was the first person to pee on the Moon? ↩
4. 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. ↩