A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that RocketJump: The Show is a reality-style series about the popular Internet-film-production firm RocketJump. The company's YouTube channel gets some mention on this show that's clearly designed to foster interest in RocketJump's short films. Expect to see a lot of stunt work, some weapon use (guns, mostly), explosions, and some blood and death depicted in the course of a movie's filming. You'll also hear strong language such as "son of a bitch," "goddamn," and "s--t." On the other hand, the experiences of RocketJump's cofounders are a good example of how determination and some creative vision can yield a fulfilling career.
What's the story?
ROCKETJUMP: THE SHOW follows the creative process behind popular Internet videos from the production studio RocketJump. Each episode takes viewers behind the scenes as the creative team's visions become filmmaking reality through stunt work, special effects, and plenty of trial and error. Interviews with the company's cofounders, Freddie Wong and Matt Arnold, and many of RocketJump's approximately 30 employees shed light on how they take a project from proposal to finished product.
Is it any good?
For those involved, this series is a win-win; viewers who are fans of RocketJump's work already will want a peek at how it's done, and those who aren't will be inclined to seek out more. That's not necessarily bad, given that this behind-the-cameras virtual field trip is fairly entertaining even for the casual viewer. But given that their forum is the Internet, which is a big-time sponge for many teens already, it's important to weigh the good against the bad.
Speaking of the good, there is some merit in seeing how two friends turned their passion for filmmaking into a lucrative career and built a company that allows others to do so as well. Wong and Arnold certainly haven't lost their passion for the work they do, and there are some decent examples of conflict resolution and problem solving as the creative teams blend their ideas into a workable project. If the self-promotional aspect of the show doesn't bother you (and the occasional strong language isn't a concern), then RocketJump might pique the interest of curious teens.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about RocketJump work. Were you familiar with it before you watched this show? Is it more enjoyable to watch the company's films after having seen how things work behind the scenes?
Teens: How do you define success? What place does financial wealth have in that vision? What kind of work would bring you fulfillment?
How has the Internet changed how we're entertained? Is it easier for an average person to achieve fame now? Is that a good thing or a bad thing? What, if any, drawbacks exist in our unfettered access to contact and information because of the Internet?
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