ESCAPE FROM

PLANET DEATH!

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.

 
 

ARTISTS

JERUSHA HESS, DIRECTOR

KYLE MOONEY

as NICK

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.

LOUIE ANDERSON

as ULYSSES

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.

WHITNEY CALL

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.

JOE ESTEVEZ

as VICE PRESIDENT

MATEO CEBALLOS

As Vice President of the United States, Mateo Ceballos is the highest ranking and least capable member of the Friendship Delegation.

KRISTEN METZGER

as AVA STRATTON

Ava Stratton is the mission pilot and the only Friendship Delegation member with any military training at all.

MALLORY EVERTON

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.

JAKE ULASICH

as PRIVATE JEFFRIES

Also part of the original military colony, Jeffries is deeply in love with his wife, Lena. He’s also an idiot.

CRAIG CLYDE

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.  

SILA AGAVALE

as LIEUTENANT MORRIS

Lieutenant Fetu Morris is another one of the original military settlers. He enjoys telling stories about himself. True stories.

JAMES JAMISON

as PRESIDENT WAYNE

President of the United States.

DYLAN WRIGHT

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.

LD WELLER

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.

MORGAN GUNTER

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.

STEPHANIE BREINHOLT

as DR. JANICE HAYES

Harry Turner’s friend, Dr. Hayes is tasked with providing medical clearance for potential passengers on the NS Rubicon.

SHAYLA McCAFFREY

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.

PHYLLIS CUMMINGS

as SHIMA

The mysterious planet sentinel. Only Nick can withstand being in the presence of Shima.

KATIE JARVIS

as SHIP AUTOMATION

This is the voice of the ship’s mainframe. Certain mainframe functions are controlled by the command robot, Ulysses.

BILL NELSON

as HOST 1

 

CLAY McCAW

as HOST 2

 

WILL RUBIO

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.

 

CREW

Producer

Connor Dean

Producer

Sam Matheson

Producer

John Newton

Producer

Karina Orton

Producer

Jenna Rasmussen

Producer

Gillian Walch

Staff Writer

Tabitha Brower

Staff Writer

Zach Connell

Staff Writer

Aaron Fisher

Staff Writer

Grant Gomm

Staff Writer

Brittany Hanson

Staff Writer

Billy Knowles

Staff Writer

Emma Lynn

Staff Writer

Spencer Plewe

Staff Writer

Shelly Rose

Staff Writer

Daniel Schindler

Staff Writer

Matt Taggart

Staff Writer

Isaac Wright

Podcast Artwork 

and BTS

Kollin Van Why

Series Theme Composer

Jorge Murcia Gomez

Personal Assistant to Mr. Mooney

Mr. Anderson

Mr. Estevez

Megan Sanders

Casting Director

Catrine

McGregor-Unger

Sound Engineer

Ryan King

Post Sound Engineer

David Banner

Supervising Producer

Courtney Russell

Creative Consultant

Tom Russell

Executive Producer

Wade Hollingshaus

Recorded at June Audio Recording Studios Provo, UT

ABOUT TMA FMS PROJECTS

OUR
MYSTICAL PROCESS
 

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.

 

CONTACT US

Department of Theatre and Media Arts

D581 Harris Fine Arts Center, Brigham Young University  

Provo, UT 84604

Tel: 801.422.6645

tma.byu.edu

 
 

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