Monday, July 13, 2009


I got home from vacation last night. On vacation I hung out with some close friends, saw my college roommate for almost 3 years get married, and spent a lot of time watching television.

I don't watch TV at home; I don't own a TV and so any shows I watch have to be on my computer. It was fun to sit and channel surf. I confirmed that early seasons of Scrubs are vastly superior to later seasons, that That 70's Show is best in the middle seasons, that Home Improvement is a generic "positive family image" show, and Full House is awful--though John Stamos is still entertaining.

I also found that the Discovery channel is the most entertaining channel after about 5 PM.

I could be here

It's a lesser known fact that a little over a year ago I applied for a job as the host of a new show for the Discovery channel. It was for a show called "Danger Man" that involved explaining and demonstrated the physics of extreme sports and stunts, which the host was then supposed to do as well. Things like bungee jumping, skydiving, and daredevil acts. Requirements for the application were that you had to have a degree in physics, be over 25, be willing/able to do the stunts, and create an under-three-minutes demo of you hosting the show and explaining the physics of an extreme stunt. I had the degree, was only 23 (I didn't tell them that; if Gillian Anderson can lie about her age to get the role of Dana Scully on the X-Files, my lying about this wasn't a big deal, either), had a background in sports and gymnastics, and borrowed a small digital camera from my school to make the video.

I tried making the demo myself and it was terrible, so I called and elicited the help of Lee, who as director of photography offered a lot of advice and helped make the video far better than I could have done on my own. We had less than 6 hours to record and cut the whole thing due to short notice from the company and minimal access to the camera. That may seem like a long time for a 3 minute shot, but in the professional world that's usually a full day's worth of work with a complete crew. We had some problems with the camera--it wouldn't record for more than 10 seconds before stopping recording. We used a lot of short shots because that fault. Lee suggested doing a Good Eats style show, which I liked, but I think if we had had a better camera (and perhaps another day) we could have made something a lot better.

I got an e-mail three months after we submitted the application that they were impressed by what I had done but that they had decided to go with a different candidate. By that time I had already given up on getting the job, but was amazed I had lasted in the running that long. Truthfully, part of me believes that if we had had a little more time and a camera that actually worked I could have made it to official callbacks and auditions. But that's a pretty big "if".

1 comment:

Mormon Bachelor Pad said...

They probably chose Mike Rowe. That guy hosts pretty much everything.