Scientists sought for documentary on geekdom

Is eight your lucky number? The company that brought you “The Jersey Shore” now has a new vision of the future of television: “Fandom Rising.” That new show needs eight strangers for a mission: “to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new lifestyles and relationships, to go boldly were not fanboy or fangirl has gone before.”

At this point, if you’ve actually seen “The Jersey Shore,” I think you’ve been disqualified. If you don’t understand the references of their mission statement, you’re out as well.

Doron Ofir Casting is looking for the obsessive-compulsive who are proudly “self-identified pop culture fanatics from the worlds of comics, graphic novels, sci-fi, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies and television.” Now that sounds like about 90 percent of the people at JPL and 100 percent of the people at Caltech and maybe 50 percent of the people at Art Center.

If you’re basically living the reality of “The Big Bang Theory” and love the original trilogy, know what a Cylon is, and even understand the different between Hogwarts, Starfleet Academy or Xavier’s School and perhaps at least in your mind have already attended some or all of those educational facilities, this show is for you.

If you’re still interested, fill out the questionnaire found on the Fandom Casting website. The questionnaire asks things like:

  1. What is your highest level of education, and where and what did you study?
  2. What are you fanatic about, and what is it about your subject that appeals most to you?
  3. How active are you in the community with which you share a passion? Do you primarily meet in person or online? Do you attend shows/cons/tourneys, and if so, which ones?
  4. Describe your personality, both best and worst qualities:
  5. What’s your romantic life like, and if applicable, does your partner share your interests? If single, do you meet people through your interests, or do your interests get in the way?
  6. Describe your dream/perfect date (living or dead, fictional or real):
  7. Who are your heroes? What people or characters inspire you and why?
  8. What is your favorite thing in the world?
  9. If people (or you yourself) have ever described you as “different” or “interesting” or “weird”, tell us why, especially if you’ve taken flak for just being yourself:
  10. What are your hobbies and activities, recreational or competitive?
  11. Do you have any collections? Digital content counts.
  12. Describe a typical night out or one that you’d consider fun!
  13. What angers you more than ANYTHING?
  14. If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?
  15. At what would you consider yourself an expert?
  16. If you could live in an alternate universe, which one would you choose?
  17. List your 3 favorite books:
  18. List your 3 favorite television shows:
  19. List your 3 favorite films:
  20. List you 3 favorite comic book heroes:
  21. List your 3 favorite fictional characters:
  22. List your 3 favorite games:
  23. Why should we choose you?

Looks like they are looking for the romantically challenged? I happened to know what the Mensans in Pasadena do for get togethers. Does that constitute a great date?  I think they forget to mention that you’ll need to not mind being embarrassed publicly and eternally (or until the Internet dies in an alternate universe apocalypse that some genius creates to prevent eternal embarrassment). Also not on here is the caveat that the footage might damage your credibility in your field while making you a media star who can then parlay this new-found fame to make it on to other reality shows like “Dancing with the Stars” or “Bachelor.”

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