Blind Obsession in Characters

As we grow towards May and I, to the online course on comedy with Steve Martin, I’m thinking about what makes comedy effective. The Story Toolkit was speaking to  Blind Obsession and used It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia as a perfect example of how to create great comedic characters. What is a character’s “blind obsession”? Many people consider creating character flaws. …

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 …

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 …

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 …