Don’t Phone it In Anymore

The most frustrating part modern day teaching is seeing five or six hands shoot up automatically. “I don’t get it,” is the usual complaint. “What don’t you get?” “The whole thing. I don’t understand.” “Did you read it?” “No…” “Well, once you’ve read it. Think about it. Come up with some options, and if you’re still struggling with the problem …

Dude… Your Audio Drama Lost Me

Why? What happened? What is this? These are three questions that almost always turn me off of listening to a full episode of audio drama. You can play with these questions, but beware that your audience will get frustrated or bored and turn off. If your listeners are tuning out, here could be some of the reasons: 1. Where are …

Virtue and Vice in Polarization

In a previous post I spoke about Polarising Your Cast. I hope to provide some updated ideas as to use other concepts that can provide polarization for larger groups than just the head, heart, and guts. Consider for example the classical Seven Deadly Sins and Seven Heavenly Virtues. The benefit is you can focus on a collision of Virtues versus Vice …

Hidden Exposition

The Story Toolkit Podcast spoke about “invisible” or “hidden” exposition in one of its recent episodes. Hiding your exposition in radio drama is tricky business. Teleplays and film scripts have the ability to point to visual cues; audio does not. Currently, the podcast listening audience seems to be in love with overly wrought exposition. This is the nature of the podcast …

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 was …

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 …