Trained as a theoretical quantum
chemist on one hand and as a communicator on the other, Ted pursued dual
careers in science and entertainment, finally combining the two professionally
in science education in 1979.
As director of Science and Engineering
Instructional Television at Louisiana State University, Ted developed
educational programs used by scientists around the world. His series of
chemistry videos are still in use today, and he won awards for his productions,
including the River City film festival in Baton
As a staff member at LSU, he developed a student
television station with the express purpose of bringing interested young people
into the industry. He helped them create a soap opera - the first in the nation
at a university, and led them into making the station a university wide
cultural experience for all students.
written more than two thousand scripts for television documentaries,
commercials and training films, and has for the past ten years been developing
a protfolio of screenplays ranging from "big-ticket" sci-fi to horror,
drama, comedy and cult.
A category and logline list are available.
An illustration of a backyard
for Ted Baldwin's "The Gridiron Gang" series. Ted developed an animated
backdrop for the writing, which has defined and brought insight to the workings
of the juvenile mind - his.
|The ability to imagine places at home and far away without the luxury
of having been there is a characteristic of a good screenwriter.
An illustration of a character for Ted Baldwin's "Orphan Train"
trilogy. You see a robot with a raygun. Ted sees an ancient conflict between
slaves and masters. It's a matter of perspective, but both are packed with
entertainment value. Click to see more about the Orphan
Better yet, when an
imagination is coupled with a desire to tell a compelling story in ways
audiences demand, you have the makings of a viable screenwriter. Ted's science
background, eye for detail, and analytical thought processes make a powerful
combination when working out the intricacies of storyline.
Ted is unashamedly a student of Joseph Campbell's
Hero-Myth cycle, and loves reinventing stories with its structural powers.
(click to go to Hero Myth Cycle)
Current screenplays include "The
Orphan Train"- a little girl's quest to save her own life lays bare an
ancient conflict between man and machine; " Dead Man's Rap", about the
decline of a rap
star and his gang; "Two's and
Threes", teenagers create a suicide cult; "Forbidden", a terror is
created when the love of a man for his grandson causes him to break religious
taboos; "Mann and God", evil lurks within a benign society; and "The
Two Angelas" - idealism and human nature are played out on the eve of the
Nazi Party's rise to power. (Also adapted for the stage.
All follow the Campbell Myth
For television, a series about high-stakes players on a football
team, "The Immoral Ones", and an animated series about children trying
to start a football club, "The Gridiron Gang", are being written. The
latter was developed on spec for The Football Network, and as an entity wholly
owned by Ted Baldwin, is available for development.