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Brain Depository

AFTER 5:00 P.M. SLIP BRAINS THROUGH SLOT IN DOOR Welcome to the depository Here you’ll find a collection of informational and inspirational resources related to all the things that make audio drama horror happen. Books For Writers Where Nightmares Come From: The Art of Storytelling in the Horror Genre by Joe Mynhardt and Eugene Johnson Writing for Television, Radio, and New Media by Robert L. …

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Why I Gave Up on Pro Tools and Audition

I’ve been using Audition since it was Cool Edit 1.0.  It has always been my go-to software to getting things done.  And coupled with Pro Tools, I had a mighty editing suite indeed.  But last week I stepped up to a personal challenge that changed my workflow permanently. I had one week to edit a half-hour audio piece for Halloween, Vultures over Low Doves. I …

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Survive Dialog Editing With Your Wits Attached

The premise behind the 11th Hour Audio Challenge is simple – you’re here to learn something new in audio and learn it fast because you’ve got 28 days to make your production a winner. I’ve been involved in the Challenge since 2016. It got me seriously into scriptwriting, provided a boot camp in recording techniques, and enabled me to meet a fantastic array of talented …

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Power on the Go

One of the hallmarks of a good audio production is high-quality sound effects.  One of the best ways to build a library of first-rate SFX is to record and edit them yourself.  Recording your own SFX ensures that you have the right sound for your project (anyone else ever needed a coydog that growls, yips, yelps and whimpers?), that the SFX in your production are …

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How to Howl Like You Mean It

Howling — it’s probably one of the first noises that come to mind when you think about wolves. A loud siren call echoing through the woods betraying the presence of wild canines. This cry is used by wolves to communicate over large distances and alert other packs to territory and serves as one of humanity’s clearest signifiers of the Wild. Whether you seek to join the …

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Breaking Down an Audio Drama Script

There’s no big secret to breaking down a script. A lot depends on the workflow and the level of detail you’re looking to get into for your production. Most script editing software has some reporting capability. And often, these reports can be exported as a CSV. This is great news! When I see the letters CSV, I immediately think import to a spreadsheet. Here’s a …

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Create a Story With Value by Valuing its Creators

“It is through art and art only that we can shield ourselves from the sordid perils of actual existence.” Oscar Wilde Regardless of the many hats worn as a content creator, my stance has always been the same in regard to audio drama and other expressions of the writing, visual, and performing arts: Art has value. And I don’t just mean the intrinsic kind. Good …

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Write an Audio Script that Engages the Ears

If you’re just getting started, writing for audio can be a struggle.  Even if you’ve written for the stage or the screen, our minds are so adept at visual thinking, that turning off the visual senses and thinking with your ears requires some practice.  With that in mind, this article will provide some tips to keep your audience’s ears engaged and stir their imagination to …

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