Think 'recording' when scripting

 When you start scripting, you must think each scene through.

You may feel confident that any problems could be ironed out during the recording process. The actual truth is that they need to be considered well in advance.

Seventy per cent of radio drama must be done before you get into the studio for production!

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If casting is the key to successful radio drama , then I would argue that scripting comes next.

I learned the importance of not undermining signposting when I post-produced some scenes and realised that I had no clue where the characters were.

At other times, I knew where the characters were, but not what they were doing.

(I can only assume full responsibility for this carelessness in scripting, because we were told over and over to signpost by teacher!)

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Thankfully in most cases, I was able to solve some of the lack of signposting by adding a drop-in line (hear 4.3.1 ).

Also by cutting and pasting an existing line within a scene to change its place in the scene (hear "Get on with egg and cresses" from 4.3.4 which was originally scripted at the end of the scene but makes more sense at the beginning.).

You really have to imagine ahead - when scripting - how the scene will sound when it is recorded.

That will include sound effects and atmos.



 

 

 

 

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