Gathering Feedback

I’ve finished production on a draft of A Dance in the Lamplight and I’ve sent copies to a few key people to get feedback. While I’m still waiting for some of the responses, the feedback I’ve gotten so far makes it clear that I have a bit of work to do.  I’m not sure how soon I’ll have a product that I’m comfortable releasing, but at the very least I want to address the concerns raised to the best of my ability. It’s an interesting challenge, and I’ll see what I can do…

And on to production…

I’m happy to say that all of the lines have been submitted by the voice actors for A Dance in the Lamplight, and that I can finally begin with the production process. I’m quite pleased with the individual deliveries of the lines, but I haven’t gotten around to mixing anything yet. I don’t know how they’ll sound side by side. I’m optimistic, though. One day I hope to record with a group in a live studio setting, but for now I’m looking forward to the challenge of dealing with remote recordings.

I don’t know how long it will take to finish the whole play, since I haven’t produced anything of this scale before. Prior to this, my longest projects have been one minute commercials. (EDIT: It’s worth noting this was only done in a classroom setting, not professionally.) A Dance in the Lamplight is not a long audio drama, however, and I hope to be done within the next two weeks. Stay tuned…

Casting for “A Dance in the Lamplight” is Closed

I would like to formally announce that the casting for A Dance in the Lamplight is complete. All roles are filled and I will not be needing anyone else at this time. Thank you to all who auditioned!

It will likely be several weeks before A Dance in the Lamplight is ready to be listened to by the general public, but you can check here for the release information. Thanks!

Auditions for A Dance in the Lamplight

EDIT: It has been brought to my attention that people of both genders may be interested in the roles of either the nurse or police officer. Therefore, I have edited the audition information to take that into consideration. Edith and Christopher, however, will remain female and male, respectively.

I’m finally ready to hold auditions for my first audio drama, A Dance in the Lamplight. It’s a short play, and is the first episode in an anthology series. As such, these are one-time roles and there will be no commitment beyond this one play. I need to cast four people. One female, one male, and two of either gender. These are unpaid roles, for credit only.

When auditioning, record the lines of the role you’re interested in and save it as a WAV file. The file name format should be YOURLASTNAME_YOURFIRSTNAME_ROLE.WAV. If you want to audition for multiple roles, please include them in only one file. Email your auditions to bearplaceaudio@gmail.com.

The deadline for the audition is August 12, 2017. I will NOT contact you with audition results unless you are chosen, but I will post a notice on the Bear Place Audio Facebook page and blog site that the roles have been filled. I hope to have casting finalized within about two weeks after the deadline.

** FEMALE ROLE **

EDITH:

The role of Edith is the largest role in the play and requires the ability to speak both in the voice of an old woman and that of a young woman. When speaking as an old woman, try to avoid speaking too much like a stereotypical “old granny.” The accent should be a neutral American one, like you’ll hear in most Hollywood movies.

Line #1 (As an old woman): “Oh, I’m fine. Just getting old, that’s all. My neck and back are hurting today, and I’m a little winded from all this walking.”

Line #2 (As a young woman): “She’s grown now, and is a nurse just like her mother. She’s married to a businessman named Jeremy and she has children!”

 

** MALE ROLE **

CHRISTOPHER:

Christopher is a young soldier and should have a somewhat deep voice, without being a resounding baritone. Since he is speaking with a civilian in the play, he should be able to speak warmly. The accent should be a neutral American accent, as heard in most Hollywood movies.

Line: “Now let’s dance. I’ve been waiting for this for years and I’m not going to wait a minute longer.”

** EITHER GENDER **

POLICE OFFICER:

This role is a smaller one, and should come across as more friendly than authoritative. Any American accent will do, as long as it is not too strong.

Line: “Oh, things have been pretty quiet. Haven’t run into much trouble today.”

NURSE:

The role of the nurse is a smaller role. Any age and American accent will do, as long as the accent is not too strong.

Line: “Is there someone else we can call? A relative, perhaps?”

Some news…

It has been a long while since I last posted. I’ve had a lot going on and this site hasn’t been at the top of my list of things to do. However, I plan to focus much more on audio drama production over the coming months.

I will post audition information for my first audio drama, A Dance in the Lamplight, sometime within the next two weeks. Stay tuned!

Some Recommendations

I’m almost done with the final draft of the script for my first audio drama production, but it’ll still be a few weeks before I post audition information. In the meantime, I thought I’d recommend some other audio dramas.

First, I want to recommend Edict Zero, a science fiction audio drama that takes place on a far off planet, several centuries into the future. It’s actually a police procedural with science fiction elements thrown in. So far, I’ve only listened to season one, but the word I often hear used to describe later seasons is “epic.” If the quality of season one is any indication of the quality of later seasons, I expect good things.

Another audio drama that I have just recently discovered is called Homecoming. It’s a psychological drama about the treatment of war veterans for PTSD by the Homecoming Initiative, which is led by an organization that is not all it seems. The story is truly unconventional. The cast includes a number of Hollywood actors and actresses, and it shows. The acting is superb. While I wasn’t impressed by the first few minutes of the series, it got better fast. So far, there is only one season out but I am pleased to say that there is another on the way.

If you haven’t heard these audio dramas, I strongly recommend that you give them a try. They are great examples of what one can do with the medium, and making audio dramas of equal quality is something to aspire to.

Welcome to Bear Place Audio!

Welcome to my new blog, Bear Place Audio!

So what’s this blog about? Mostly, it’s a place to gather and make available all of the audio dramas that I’m going to produce over the next few years. In addition, however, I’m going to discuss the process of creating my audio dramas. It’s tough to find that kind of information elsewhere. Everyone wants to show off their final products, but few people want to discuss the journey it takes to get there!

It will probably be a few months before I’m ready to present my first completed audio drama, but I’ve decided to start writing blog entries anyway. Why? Because the work is already beginning. I’m working on yet another draft of my first audio drama script, a story idea that has been forming inside of my head slowly over the past twenty years. It’s about time that it gets told! I’ve taken several different approaches to it in various drafts. The first drafts included a good deal of narration, but I’ve now decided to rewrite it with no narration at all. Hopefully, I can finally reach the point where I’m comfortable enough to call a draft “final.”

I’m a little nervous, of course. Producing audio dramas will definitely push me outside of my comfort zone. Once upon a time, I used to write one-act stage plays. None of them were ever performed professionally, but a number of them have been used by different theater groups. That was a long time ago, though.

Although I’ve had some experience as an actor, I plan to cast others in the main roles for the audio dramas I produce. I may fill some minor roles myself, but I want to give others the spotlight. My major focus will be on the production side of things.

As for audio production experience: I’ve had a little of that, mostly in a classroom setting. The longest material I’ve ever produced is one-minute commercials. That’s a far cry from a whole audio drama, but my experience gives me just enough confidence to believe I can pull one off. Producing commercials was actually a lot of fun, and I can only hope that producing an audio drama will be an even more enjoyable challenge. As for DAWs, I originally trained on Adobe Audition, though for my personal use I’m still debating whether to use Audacity or Reaper. I’m not going to invest money in anything more expensive just yet, as this is still just a hobby for me.

That’s all I have to say for now. I plan to write a total of two or three blog posts per month, so I’m not going to be particularly active. But if you’re interested in audio dramas and you’re curious about their creation, feel free to follow along on my journey!