In October 2011, producers, actors, and designers from FinalRune productions and Aural Stage Studios gathered in a mill in Biddeford, Maine to record, post-produce and release a horror production for Transcontinental Terror. The result was James Comtois’ Ogle Award-winning Intensive Care.
Sometime back in September 2015 we decided we wanted to produce a quick horror audio drama, just for fun. In Intensive Care fashion, we asked some of the fellow audio drama producers living in the Northeast if they wanted to be a part of some Audio Drama Day mayhem. The response was a resounding “Hell Yes!”, and 11th Hour Audio Productions was born.
On October 23rd we traveled to historic Lowell, Massachusetts to meet up with some outstanding, creative and slightly deranged people to create a little last-minute mischief and horror.
Twenty-three different people, representing eleven different audio drama and podcast production groups converged to celebrate what we love about modern audio drama…
Standing around and looking confused; I mean… telling stories.
Audio Drama Day
October 30th, 2013 was the seventy-fifth anniversary of the broadcast of “War of the Worlds,” by the Mercury Theatre on the Air, an event that fans of classic media savored. In that year, PBS released a new documentary about the production of the show; friends and former colleagues reminisced about working with Orson Welles, John Houseman, and Howard Koch; many terrestrial stations rebroadcast the show or a new adaptation, and audio dramatists created a special contest to reimagine “War of the Worlds”.
That day was also the first Audio Drama Day, the beginning of an annual celebration of audio drama in all its forms: new, old, scary, funny, serious, silly, classic, and modern.
Our goal is to engage as many teams in 11th Hour Productions as possible. Anyone can take part, and there aren’t many rules.
The rules for 11th Hour Audio Productions are intentionally simple:
- To alleviate copyright concerns, all show materials must be original.
- Shows do not have to be written in October, but shows should be recorded and post-produced in the month of October.
- Shows should involve more than one production company, as the point is to gather, and learn from each other and to create awesome audio.
- Scripts for shows must be under 30 pages in length.
On this special day for Audio Drama, we would just like to take a moment to thank every person who volunteered their time, energy, and enthusiasm for this project! This show is made entirely out of determination, schmeared with love (or is it insanity?) for nothing more than the opportunity to meet and greet some fantastic people in Audio Drama.