Aim High is the story of a young man leading a double life – juggling his studies by day and serving as a government agent by night. This series chronicles the life of Nick Green (Jackson Rathbone, Twilight), a sophomore who’s just starting a new school year as one of the country’s sixty-four highly trained teenage operatives. When he’s not handling international spies, Nick is dreaming of Amanda Meyers (Aimee Teegarden, Friday Night Lights), the most popular girl in school who’s cool, intelligent and very alluring. Amanda mercilessly flirts with Nick, but before he can enjoy her advances he has to avoid Derek, her overly protective boyfriend who threatens him for even looking at her. To make things more complicated, Nick just blew a lead on a Russian mercenary and now he’s out to take revenge on Nick. On top of that Nick also discovers he has an “in” with Amanda but his best friend is planning to post a salacious rumor about her on his blog. All in all, it’s going to be a rough semester.
|Jackson Rathbone as Nick Green
Created By: Heath Corson & Richie Keen
Cast Members: Aimee Teegarden, Johnny Pemberton
First Air Date: October 18, 2011
Number Of Episodes: 6
Status: Season one complete
Genre: Action | Thriller | Drama
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Nick Green is a top agent for the US government – effective, clever and deadly. He’s also got a paper on Crime and Punishment due Tuesday, a biology quiz this afternoon and thirty pages on the rise and fall of the Roman Empire to read tonight…because Nick is sixteen years old.
He likes school, but only when it’s over for the day. There are the girls, of course – especially Amanda, a wickedly cool rocker chick who dates Derek, the captain of school’s championship swim team. Nick wants her anyway.
Jackson On Aim High
“The reason I was attracted to the project in the first place is the internet is the “wild West” and I’m a rootin’ tootin’ cowboy with my guns blazin’ and I want to do something new. If we go to a CW it’s the same old stuff.”
“Nick Green is a high school student that doesn’t really fit in, since he’s an operative for the US government. He doesn’t know his place in life, because he has these special abilities, and he has this huge secret he keeps from the world. At the same time, he kind of feels like a hero then kind of feels like a killer…he doesn’t know what to feel. He’s that high schooler that we’ve all been, trying to find his way. He’s got the girl he loves…she has a boyfriend. But he’s really awesome at his job.”
“In pre-production, Wonderland brought me in as a producer and actor, and we discussed a lot about what we wanted to do with the show. We didn’t want to just create another web series. We wanted to do something new and innovative, and we talked a lot about the Facebook integration. But, we had to make the show first, and we had to find an amazing leading lady that would get all the boys riled up, so we asked Aimee Teegarden to come in and help us out with that. We were really excited about the process of making the show. We were running and gunning, and shootin’ from the hip. We shot with 7Ds and 5Ds, as the cameras we used, and we did it all in eight days, but it looks aesthetically like any show that would be on a network. Now, with the personalization integration, we have something that no one has ever done before. And, the fact that we’re premiering on Facebook is exciting. It’s an exciting, new time.”
“One thing that tortures Nick is that he’s literally out there, making it okay and saving her life and saving the lives of thousands of people, but at the end of the day, no one really knows he does it. They all think of him as this kid at school who doesn’t have any friends, and hangs out with the other weird kids, and likes the pretty girl because everybody likes the pretty cool. But, she actually talks to him, which is nice. It gives him hope that maybe, if she gets knocked in the head the right way, she might realize that love is standing right before her.”
“When I first read the script, it was brought to me as both a producer and actor. And I fell in love with the idea of being able to incorporate new technology and social media to get this show across and out there into people. I thought it was funny and charming and a word I am going to use is adorable. I found the character of Nick Green adorable.”
“It was great, everybody was a team player about it and really worked their asses off, that was required. Johnny Pemberton and I kind of got to go a little bit outside of the dialogue and had a little bit of fun with it.”
“We shot nine pages a day on Aim High… most films you never shoot more than three pages a day. We truly were “running and gunning” for Aim High.”
Trivia & Facts
• Shooting commenced in Fall 2010
• The first season took only eight days to film.
• Premiered simultaneously on Facebook and Cambio
• Won a Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing: Computer Episodic Entertainment.
• Writers Richie Keen and Heath Corson won a WGA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Writing Original New Media.