Polarising Your Cast

What does it mean to polarise (polarize) your characters? I first heard this term in The Story Toolkit Podcast  episode #31 where they demonstrate excellent polarisation from Out of Gas one of the best teleplays from the amazing dead-before-its-time series  Firefly. Good writing polarises the cast allowing each character to react differently to a story event. Let’s consider the iconic characters of Kirk, Spock, and McCoy …

Lost in the Twilight Zone

As I pour through the archives of The Twilight Zone Podcast, I’m constantly faced with the question: What is it about the Twilight Zone that has made it such an iconic, lasting, and ground breaking series? Is it Buck Houghton‘s direction? Is it the format of the anthology series paired with a fantasy background? Is it Rod Serling– from his vision, …

Transitions Key in Audio Drama

Once again The Story Toolkit Podcast got me thinking. This time it was about Stranger Things (episode 23). Bassim El-Wakil and Luke Lyon-Wall in the second half of the podcast episode talk about how transitions are not just clever endings of scenes, but are key to keeping the thread of the story coherent. Isn’t that even MORE important in audio drama? …

The Last Good Man in The Beaches- Chapter One- Little Girl Lost

    The credits come up in the waves at the same time as the saxophone music starts blaring. I’m standing first person, looking at the cell phone in one hand, and the burning crumpled cigarette in the other. The virtual suit is amazing. Sure it feels a little weird having a skull cap on, but the worst part was …

The Last Good Man in The Beaches- Teaser: Lost in the Shallows

      She drifted on the waters as if part of the surf.       Face down.       Hands and arms spread white as feathers.       Her red gown was the one she wore when I last saw her. Her purse tilted on the sand as if anchoring her to the city. Even now, …

Trap Doors and Audio Wars

Last December, the Story Toolkit Podcast spoke lovingly about the incredible work of J. Michael Straczynski‘s Babylon 5 and the art of Long Form storytelling. For my money, Babylon 5 remains as one of the pinnacles of how a single writer can tell a novel over the medium of television. The show may be growing a little dated in many respects, but one …

Character, Flaws and Ethics

I was catching up on my listening recently on a long drive. I was blistering through 10 episodes of the incredible Audio Drama Production Podcast. Matthew and Robert are fantastic resources in the audio theatre world, and masterful writers and producers in their own work of YAP audio. But, I had to vehemently disagree once or twice in the ten episodes …

Open a Window

It’s time to retire some old plays, and revamp others. For various reasons, many of my original productions are gone like the wind… That may sound initially sad, but I was surprised when I announced the removal of nearly half of EVP’s old shows, the flood of messages on Facebook and through emails of support. What shocked me even more …

Year Zero

It is impossibly exciting for me.  A fan of pulp science fiction all my life, when I was in my early twenties I wrote a tribute- somewhat more a parody- of Buck Rogers. He was called Biff Straker. He was an honest, jock, who wasn’t all that smart. but he meant well. There was a lot to look in the …

Tulpa

So Tulpa hit the airwaves on Halloween Night WKNO 91.1’s “NPR for the mid-South” along with a large group of other stellar audio drama shows that were produced by the endlessly talented actors at Chatterbox Audio, directed and produced by artist’s gift to radio drama- Bob Arnold. I’ve always loved Chatterbox’s productions; love that they do such high quality; and love …