Walt Disney Production Chief To Serve As Virtual Coach To Good Mischief Contest Finalists
Sep 13, 2017
Rabbit Publishers has announced that David Paul Kirkpatrick, former Production President of Walt Disney and former President of Paramount Pictures, will coach the one hundred finalists in the publisher’s worldwide Good Mischief Contest. “David has exceptional, seasoned skills in visual storytelling. In his career, he was worked on over two hundred motion pictures including Top Gun, Little Mermaid, Airplane, and Dead Poets Society,” said Steve Goerth, Senior Vice President of Rabbit. “We are delighted he has agreed to coach our young contest finalists.”
Good Mischief is described as “kindness that surprises.” Finalists in the contest are judged on the originality of their Good Mischief submissions to the publisher. In round two of the contest, the finalists can choose to make a sixty second video of their idea and submit it for the grand prize. Finalists are between the age of eight to twelve years old.
“To create a funny or impactful video story in sixty seconds is not as easy as it seems. I’ll be here to help the parents, friends and the finalists with tips and inspirations on making their video the best it can be. Working with the Zucker Brothers on the Airplane and Naked Gun series has taught me a lot about comedy pay offs and surprises. I’ll be available through Skype, Facebook messenger, email, and through the Harrymoon.com website for the finalists. There are a lot of great resources available of which our finalists may not be aware. One example is the vast, royalty free music library available through YouTube.”
Kirkpatrick is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. As a producer, his productions have garnered four Emmies, five Golden Globes, and two Independent Spirit Awards.
The Good Mischief Contest submissions close at midnight tonight, September 14th. Finalists will be announced at twelve noon CT in Paxton, Illinois by Caiden Riecks, the eleven-year-old Captain of this year’s contest. The Paxton Event will be live-streamed through Facebook. Submissions have arrived from across the globe including the United States, Canada, China, France, and England. “We are one world,” said Goerth. “It is kindness that brings divisiveness to an end. This young generation is not bound by race, gender, or regionalism. I am sure that as much as David is able to give the kids, the kids will give him just as much, if not more.”
“Children have always been our hope,” said Kirkpatrick. “The submission ideas are powerful, dealing with topics as vast as help in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey to raising money for a friend’s diabetes medicine. In these challenging times, it is great that this contest is able to shine a light on acts of generosity and kindness.”
Rabbit Publishers is the Chicago-based publishing house behind the acclaimed Harry Moon and Honey Moon book series. The house has over 300,000 books in print. The publishers new color editions, Wand-Paper-Scissors, Dog Daze, and Halloween Nightmares are being distributed worldwide through Diamond Comic Distributors. “There is still time to join this adventure, said Goerth. “A finalist can sign up through the website until midnight tonight Central time. We are thrilled that Good Mischief is upon us.”