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? …