A TMA FMS PODCAST
Our modest hope is that this simple podcast changes the course of human history. We want people asking the hard questions. What would you do if the earth melted and you launched for a distant planet but your robot wanted a parade and he attacked a bunch of botanists and stole the salamander specimens and your pilot was decomposing? What then? Oh and the distant planet is the planet of the dead – I forgot that part. And you’re thirsty. And giant bees.
JERUSHA HESS, DIRECTOR
Nick is an NK robot designed for tweens, ages 8 through 15. Analyn promised her grandmother to take the NK unit along on the voyage to planet Genesis. Nick comes equipped with a variety of audience reaction settings.
This massive X-12 command robot is an advanced AI model with attack capabilities. His protocols are: 1) Protect human life, 2) Preserve the colony. During the voyage to join the first group of settlers on planet Genesis, Ulysses’ protocols are reversed. Ulysses wants a parade.
as ANALYN MENDOZA
As the core of the earth continued to heat, a rescue effort known as The Genesis Project was initiated in the United States and managed by technology entrepreneur, Gus Jordan. Analyn’s PR firm was chosen by Gus Jordan to lead the publicity campaign for this controversial project.
as VICE PRESIDENT
As Vice President of the United States, Mateo Ceballos is the highest ranking and least capable member of the Friendship Delegation.
as AVA STRATTON
Ava Stratton is the mission pilot and the only Friendship Delegation member with any military training at all.
as LT. LENA JEFFRIES
Part of the original military crew sent to establish the first colony on the planet Genesis, Lieutenant Lena Jeffries is the wife of Private Jeffries. Though she mistakenly married Jeffries believing they would be the only couple capable of preserving the human race, Lena has grown to enjoy her husband. We’re not sure why. Or how.
as PRIVATE JEFFRIES
Also part of the original military colony, Jeffries is deeply in love with his wife, Lena. He’s also an idiot.
as COLONEL HALL
Colonel Hall is the commanding officer in charge of the original military settlement. He, Lena, and Jeffries are the only original settlers to survive the temporal storms. Abandoning the original colony, they now live in a cave.
as LIEUTENANT MORRIS
Lieutenant Fetu Morris is another one of the original military settlers. He enjoys telling stories about himself. True stories.
as PRESIDENT WAYNE
President of the United States.
as the SECRET SERVICE AGENT
The President’s right-hand security officer, this agent is responsible for getting the President and Vice President safely to a shuttle that will take them to the Nuclear Ship Ulysses.
as GUS JORDAN
Gus Jordan owns and manages one of the world’s largest private technology firms. He conceals critically important information regarding the ships destined for the distant planet Genesis.
as the REPORTER
During an important press conference regarding the future of the Genesis Project, this reporter presses Analyn Mendoza with questions regarding the mission timeline.
as DR. JANICE HAYES
Harry Turner’s friend, Dr. Hayes is tasked with providing medical clearance for potential passengers on the NS Rubicon.
as SARA TURNER
Sara is Harry’s young daughter. Diagnosed with an infection caused by bacterial mutations, Sara’s candidacy as a passenger on the Nuclear Ship Rubicon is compromised. The Nuclear Ship Rubicon is scheduled to follow the Nuclear Ship Ulysses to the planet Genesis.
The mysterious planet sentinel. Only Nick can withstand being in the presence of Shima.
as SHIP AUTOMATION
This is the voice of the ship’s mainframe. Certain mainframe functions are controlled by the command robot, Ulysses.
as HOST 1
as HOST 2
as HARRY TURNER
Dr. Harry Turner is the mission technology specialist and one of the world’s pre-eminent experts in robotics and nano-technology. He and Ava are the only members of the Friendship Delegation with worthwhile skills.
ABOUT TMA FMS PROJECTS
So how is it done? What’s the secret behind our spectacular TMA FMS podcast? We start with twelve student writers and a gently confused instructor – all trapped in a small room. Initially, the ideas are sparse and uninspiring. But, gradually, something magical happens. The ideas become more vague, less feasible. Characters lose depth, storylines deteriorate into semi-related anecdotes. Three months of increasingly ineffective re-writes later, voila! Podcast scripts!
Next, we sprinkle in six student producers, a second instructor, two marathon production days, a few months of post-production, and voila again! Podcast complete!
TMA is the Department of Theatre and Media Arts at Brigham Young University. FMS means Faculty Mentored something. The S doesn’t stand for Something. I mean it does stand for something, but not Something. Maybe it’s Summer? Special? Stuff? Student. That's it.
Anyway, the University is very kind and supportive. Some remarkably talented professionals including Kyle Mooney, Louie Anderson, Joe Estevez and Jerusha Hess all pitch in (these are truly great human beings), the technical pros amaze us all, and the result is a great learning environment for all mankind.
We love everyone in the whole world, but especially the people who worked on this project.