Learn Audio Storytelling with 11th Hour

Got a story to tell and wondering where to start? Come back often for more resources and information on how to make an audio drama that keeps your listeners tuning in for more. Whether you’re making an entire podcast or a one-off story, get the tools and tips for your audio production toolkit.

Resources

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 JohnsonWriting for Television, Radio, and New…

Writing & Editing

A Critique Survival Guide

I love a good critique. Don’t get me wrong. It’s an acquired taste. And you have to deal with a lot of asshats along the way. It’s not easy to get good feedback. Just a lot of bad experiences that lead you to those good ones happen along the way. But when they happen, you cherish them and how they help you…

The Care and Editing of Scripts

I’ve found myself over the last few years editing quite a few scripts, and have gradually built up a process for systematically working through the task. And as there is no Audio Drama without a script, I thought it important to share my own process for editing. Naturally not everyone will have the same flow or priorities for this work,…

Planning & Preproduction

Breaking Down an Audio Drama Script

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1UTxkIV554 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…

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…

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…

Acting & Directing

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…

Recording

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…

A Guide To Choosing Microphones For Your Podcasting Setup

So you’re looking to start podcasting, producing audio dramas, voice acting, or just make a general nuisance of yourself and you’re in the market for a decent microphone to get the job done. The trouble is there are so many different types and styles of microphone and the quality varies greatly. More confusing yet, the old standby that you get…

Dialogue Editing

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…

Sound Design

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,…

Composing & Music

Tom Parsons: Composing for Horror

I have been composing for audio dramas since 2015 and have worked on over 30 projects. A lot of these projects are horror-related. Influences Composers who inspired me: John Carpenter John Carpenter composed the scores for films such as Halloween, The Fog, and Escape From LA. I admire Carpenter’s ability to create simple pieces and make them memorable and iconic….

Mad Fiends With Violins

Strange Bedfellows Music and horror have been intimate partners bent on emotional sabotage since the silent film era of the mid-1890s to the late 1920s. F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu (1922), Georges Méliès Le Manoir Du Diable (House of the Devil) (1896), Victor Sjöström’s The Phantom Carriage (1921) all incorporated and relied on music to lure their audience into the film’s world…

Mixing & Postproduction

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