Radio Soap (serial drama) - HOW TO MAKE IT

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Index 'A' to 'Z' (RADIO DRAMA SITE)

TECHNIQUES - FULL RANGE OF RADIO DRAMA TECHNIQUES ON THESE SITES

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  SCRIPTING - EXAMPLE - CUT OUT THAT 'AND'
 
 
 

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 BBC Editorial Guidelines - links and excerpts
 
 
 
 

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 CHARACTERS - ALAN BECK'S FORMULA FOR THE MAIN CHARACTERS
 CHARACTERS - Creating a character

EDITING DIALOGUE

 CHARACTERS - IS THAT HOW THOSE CHARACTERS 'REALLY' SPEAK?

 CHARACTERS - SCRIPTING - Create characters' personalities - always go for results
 

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  DISCLAIMER - terms and conditions for this web site
 
 
 
 

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 Editorial guidelines - see BBC Editorial Guidelines - links and excerpts
 
  Examining - TECHNICAL TERMS & SOME EXPLANATIONS - summary for examiners
  Examining - EXAMINING - HOW THE SOAP IS MARKED - suggested scheme

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 Group dynamics - what goes right and avoiding the rest

 
 Glossary (RADIO DRAMA SITE)
 
 

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 INTENSIFYING THE MOMENT
 
 
 Index 'A' to 'Z' (RADIO DRAMA SITE)
 

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  LEGAL - DISCLAIMER - terms and conditions for this web site
  Locations - moving your characters around and making your plot more exciting
  Location - Time-space rule or jump cut? CAN THE SAME CHARACTER BE IN THE FOLLOWING SCENE IN ANOTHER LOCATION - A LEAP IN TIME AND SPACE?
 
 

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 Monologues - use them or not?
 Music signature tune = sig tune
 
 Marketing the soap
 

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NAMING THE CHARACTERS
 
 
 
 

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 PRODUCTION IN THE STUDIO OR OB (OUTSIDE THE STUDIO) - summary
 PRODUCTION - Time-keeping - keeping to five minutes for each episode
 PRODUCTION - Be consistent - you have to match production up (in the Studio and OB outside)
 PRODUCTION - Think script when recording

  PRODUCER

 PRODUCER - business side, budgets, contracts, marketing

 POST-PRODUCTION - SUMMARY
 POST-PRODUCTION - Have confidence in your listener in post-production
 POST-PRODUCTION - Marketing the soap
 POST-PRODUCTION - Get a new pair of ears to listen to your post-production work
 POST-PRODUCTION - Once a scene has been established, reduce the SFXs
 POST-PRODUCTION - Predict the rhythm of each Episode
 POST-PRODUCTION - Underscoring music versus FXs
 POST-PRODUCTION - Set up the soap web site
 POST-PRODUCTION - You can cheat a little

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  SCRIPTS - training scripts - radio soaps (short-form serial dramas) - LIST ON THESE SITES
  Setting up the SOAP BIBLE
  SCRIPTING -ALAN BECK'S FORMULA FOR THE MAIN CHARACTERS
  SCRIPTING - IS THAT HOW THOSE CHARACTERS 'REALLY' SPEAK?
  SCRIPTING - EXAMPLE - CUT OUT THAT 'AND'
  SCRIPTING - INTENSIFYING THE MOMENT
  SCRIPTING - Sci-Fi plot suggestions for scripting
  SCRIPTING - Create characters' personalities - always go for results
 SCRIPTING - Example of 'The Canterbury Vampires' - plot - characters - research - locations
  SCRIPTING - NAMING THE CHARACTERS
 SCRIPTING - Think "recording" when scripting
 SCRIPTING - Finding the soap title
  SCRIPTING - subtext
  SCRIPTING - Swear words - exclamations - profanities (SUBSTITUTES)
 
 
  Storyboard - layout of scenes and details - how to make it work for you
 
 
 
 
 
    'THE CANTERBURY VAMPIRES' - 50 episodes - Radio Soap (Serial Drama)

  'WRAP PACK' - RADIO SERIAL DRAMA (SOAP)
  'Wrap Pack' - Scenes 1-1-2, 1-1-4 one male, one female (Jack, Sarah)
 'Wrap Pack' 1-2-3 - two males (Jack and Colin)
 'Wrap Pack' 1-3-5 - two males, one female (Jack, Colin, Olivia)
 'Wrap Pack' 1-4-1 - one female, one male (Olivia, Colin)
 'Wrap Pack' 2.2.5 - Olivia + Jack + Colin
 

  'SPACE DETECTIVES'
 'SPACE DETECTIVES' - Episodes 1-5
 
 
 
 
 
 

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 TECHNIQUES - FULL RANGE OF RADIO DRAMA TECHNIQUES ON THESE SITES
 
 TECHNICAL TERMS & SOME EXPLANATIONS - summary for examiners
 Trails
 

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