After watching the children's TV program "Green Screen Adventures" two years ago, Beaufort resident Suzie Nelson, now 8, was inspired to write a story of her own.
The television series that airs on MeTV showcases stories written and illustrated by kindergarten- through eighth-grade students.
Using green screens to layer images, along with basic items such as a colander for a hat, the cast transforms children's creative ideas into something they can watch on national television.
"We want the public to realize what an opportunity the show provides," Green Screen Adventures producer and director of educational programming Gail Sikevitz said. "It allows children of all ages and different ability levels to be inspired to write more. It helps build confidence because as you can imagine being 8 or 9 or 10 years old and seeing a story that you wrote, that you imagined and conceived and to see that translate onto a screen, whether it's the website or the TV show, it's very potent."
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Suzie's story was titled "Chase and the Mysterious Planet." In the tale, a girl named Chase travels through outerspace to a planet called Zurak, where there are "two suns, white trees, black animals, small mountains and stinky water." Chase encounters a huge bear, who ends up jumping off a cliff, landing in the stinky water and dying. The story also includes a flying cyclops cow named Molly and a magical snowglobe.
Suzie, a third-grader at Mossy Oaks Elementary School, will get to watch her story on TV on Sept. 28 and 29, when it airs on MeTV. She said she's excited.
"It's good because I believe it teaches kids to think out of the box," Suzie's father, Ron Nelson, said.
Sikevitz said Suzie blended elements of different genres -- fantasy, science fiction and adventure into her story.
"She had a good story," Sikevitz said. "There was kindness, respect for others. Those are qualities that we really look for in stories and make a point of demonstrating on the show."
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