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? …

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 …

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 …

The Midnight Avenger Strikes Again!

I have a secret to tell. It’s not a very well kept secret if you’ve listened to the Sonic Society, but it’s a secret from the wider world nevertheless- I love pulp. I’m a fan of the simplistic good guy/bad guy, high adventure, low depth characters of the age of the pulp magazines. Some of the work that was considered pulp …

Horror On the Air

A couple of months ago Chatterbox Audio Theater had a request for scripts for their 2014 Halloween Show Script Competition. I’ve been a fan of Chatterbox and their Artistic Director Bob Arnold for years. ner After listening to an episode of the Mysterious Universe podcast I had a little inspiration to write a script. I was in the middle of …

Zombies on a Boat!

What do you get when you take Mel Smith’s dark visions of a zombie apocalypse and Alex Nino’s spine tingling artistry? Why the brutal and stark  thriller Dead Ahead of course! This awesomely gruesome graphic novel became my great summer project to complete as an Audio Drama for Colonial Radio Theatre. Taking a visual medium like a comic and turning …

Chattering Horror

My good friends at Chatterbox Audio Theater have an exciting new Halloween planned for listeners. They’ve started their search for some great horror stories in their 2014 Halloween Show Script Competition. There’s a couple of different size recommendations and requirements and the dead line is August 15th. I made a couple of mistakes in my own submission but I was …

Writing Audio Drama

Recently, I had been looking through the archives at Audio Drama Talk and discovered that our own little article on creating Audio Drama was now long gone from the view. Instead of reposting it on the Sonic Society, I’ve moved it here for folks to take a gander. Note that below this article are a ton of other great references …