We have a new set of questions that are repeating themselves as they come in via Facebook, YouTube and email. Though the questions are from viewers (not actors, parents or crew working with us directly), to help clarify for everyone, we decided a public blog post would be a good idea:
Q. "Are you paid or are you just rich?"
A. Um, the answer is "no" to both. No crew member is paid. All funds earned pay for transportation to and from the locations where we shoot, food for the actors for shoots four hours or longer, props and some costumes, equipment and software, shooting permits and fees, stock footage fees and stock music fees. As for being rich, we assume the real question is: how can we do this show and not have jobs. All three of the adult crew members have other jobs. They work on days we don't film or they work night shifts.
Q. "What's with the rainbow colors? Is 'Ghost Sniffers' some kind of gay pride thing?"
A. The rainbow we use (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple) is actually a spectrum rainbow and it represents how Forge is an all-inclusive person -- she helps all kinds of silly clients and gives all sniffs (ghosts) a chance to show they're good creatures, even if they're a little creepy. Also, every episode has a color theme so the designers can have fun coordinating outfits and props. Over all, color is a big part of our show. Our main bad guy is an all-white bunny, after all.
Q. "What's with the the ghosts in your show? Is 'Ghost Sniffers' some type of paranormal worshiping thing?"
A. If you check out the interview with Director, Jennifer DiMarco, on the Episode 1 DVD, you'll see that the director/writer/cinematographer herself doesn't believe in anything paranormal at all. The ghost hunting part of the show is the genre -- the style of the show -- but the show itself is about children with disabilities who find their senses have compensated and they have cool abilities. Some of these abilities, like Maxo's photographic memory, are real "side-effects" to the children's real conditions.
Q. "What's with the episode named 'Apple & Eve'? Is your show some type of anti-Christian thing?"
A. Actually, the ENTIRE crew of "Ghost Sniffers" is Christian -- including one staff member who taught Sunday School for three years. The show often deals with issues of ethics and morals and has drawn directly from both scripture and Biblical stories. Our series mythology builds on Biblical ideas and symbols and we even have a Christian ghost hunter in Episode 9!
All of these things being said, we should also add that none of us crewing "Ghost Sniffers" are close-minded. We are not racist, sexist, homophobic, ageist or, well, ignorant. We believe and live like Forge does -- inclusively. We have characters of all types and our characters occasionally poke fun at narrow-minded ideas that try to separate us by the color of our skin, our gender, who we love, or how old we are. We believe in reading nonpartisan newspapers, reading the Bible ourselves, and reading the smiles on the faces of the children we're empowering... because they deserve every hour of hard work we give them and so much more.