What do I want to achieve?
I want to provide accessible beginner and intermediate training for people who are interested in producing audio drama.
Because I believe the medium has enormous potential, and offers a fantastic platform for those who want to create fiction. Very few people have the resources to create a TV series or film, and as for the difficulty of competing in the book market, this was summed up by Nick Morgan (Forbes) when he said “There are somewhere between 600,000 and 1,000,000 books published every year in the US alone, depending on which stats you believe. Many of those – perhaps as many as half or even more – are self-published. On average, they sell less than 250 copies each.”
But we shouldn’t simply concentrate on the negatives of other mediums, what are the positives of producing audio drama?
One of my favourite audio dramas We’re Alive – A Story of Survival, which has been around since 2009 and recently finished its fourth and final series of the main storyline. The show possessed the perfect recipe for success with cinematic studio quality sound, a great storyline which was superbly acted, and a consistent and regular release schedule. With over thirty million total downloads, this is an extreme example of a successful show. Nevertheless it has pulled thousands of new (and young) people in to this medium of storytelling – and they want more. I recently interviewed the guys from the We’re Alive Fancast on my podcast about this scenario. Fancaster Mick agreed, telling me “All I see on every We’re Alive Facebook post is people constantly asking ‘what else is out there that’s like this?'” What other storytelling medium is there such a huge potential audience out there, waiting for good content?
But the potential audience isn’t the only attraction. Audio drama is a wonderfully intimate form of fiction, and because the story takes place in your head. To paraphrase Audio Epics producer Domien De Groot in his interview with the Sonic Society, you can’t watch TV or read a book with your eyes closed, but you can listen to audio drama. The medium also offers the potential for a storyteller to create scenes and events that would cost unthinkable amounts of money to bring to life on film through CGI. It is also popular amongst people with visual impairments, and many actors with disabilities find it gives them much more freedom than things like stage acting and theatre.
What are the next steps?
To research teaching and learning theories, as well as delivery methods. To organise and plan the manner in which I can help people to begin creating their own audio drama shows.