Happy Independence Day! And what better place to spend it than at the birthplace of the original Stars and Stripes: Betsy Ross’ House in Philadelphia, PA. If you’re in the Philly area, take a look for yourself.
FOOTNOTES: A Sockumentary traveled to the City of Brotherly Love to shoot footage of Betsy’s actual upholstery workshop in preparation for an episode of the web series.
According to Betsy’s grandson, she “made with her hands the first flag” of the United States. Legend has it that General George Washington came to her in late spring 1776 to make the request. What isn’t widely known is that the original design called for six-pointed stars. Betsy showed that with a few quick snips of her shears, five points were faster and easier to make.
FOOTNOTES owes a lot of thanks to all of the folks at the Betsy Ross House, particularly Lisa Acker-Moulder and Connor Quach, as well as Historic Philadelphia’s Sandy Lloyd.
Where have we been? You may have noticed the lack of posts for a few months. Now, we could claim to be off in search of all of the lost socks. But frankly, that’s too big of an adventure, even for us.
Instead, we’ve been enjoying the comfort of an air conditioned studio. We’re still in the production process and are starting with screen tests. But so far, we’re very excited to see the series come together. Hope you are too.
Stay tuned for further updates of FOOTNOTES: A Sockumentary.
Filming at the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia, PA
Eric Brooks practices with a stand-in puppet.
Big ‘THANK YOU’ to friend of Footnotes, Norman Stiles for his help and guidance.
Among many other credits, Norman was the head writer for Sesame Street for over twenty years. As well, he produced the popular PBS show Between the Lions, which promoted literacy.
Norman is now developing a web series for new parents: Baby & Toddler Parenthood News Network. You can read his article about it at Kidscreen.
There’s also an interview with Norman at Tough Pigs, the Muppets fan site.
Footnotes: A Sockumentary is funded in part by the Mister Rogers Memorial Scholarship. We are honored to be associated with such an amazing person who had a tremendous impact on children’s television. His gentle, honest, and imaginative program touched children’s lives for over 40 years.
The scholarship supports students pursuing children’s media projects by providing funding and professional guidance. The deadline is February 8, 2015.
The wonderful Chuck and Josh over at the Stuff You Should Know podcast mentioned Footnotes in their January 20th episode. Thanks guys! [Link]