Filmic - styles of radio drama directing and post-production which creatively relate to film

 USING FILM TERMS IN PRODUCTION (BELOW)
 'WE GO WITH' (BELOW)
 MONTAGE (BELOW)
 USE FILM GENRE STYLES (BELOW)
 USE FILM VARIETIES OF SCENE BOUNDARIES (BELOW)
 USE FILM PRODUCTION AND POST-PRODUCTION SYSTEMS (BELOW)
 'CHAINING' - LIGHTNING CUT (BELOW)
 INTENSIFYING THE MOMENT - discover the intense moments within your scenes
 INCITING INCIDENT - The Point of Attack - gets the plot into action
 

USING FILM TERMS IN PRODUCTION

 Many radio drama directors use film + TV production terms when working with actors, talking about 'shots' for example. This makes a lot of sense in constructing sound pictures. It is a common language and it is a creative shorthand.
EXAMPLES:  CU or 'close shot', medium close up shot or MCU, and medium shot or MS, to the 'knees'. (These are microphone positions 2 and 3 - Beck, Radio Acting, 48-56.) There is also further off (LS 'long shot' - microphone positions 4 and 5).
 See Perspective

Key terms: close-up shot (CU)
close-medium shot (CMS)
medium close up shot (MCU)
medium shot (MS)
medium long shot (MLS)
long shot - far distance (LS)
very long shot (VLS)

MORE FILMIC TECHNIQUES FOR RADIO DRAMA DIRECTING STYLE

'WE GO WITH'

TRACKING 'SHOT' TECHNIQUE - like the lengthy 'mise en scène' camera shot - see technique - 'moving camera' or 'we go with' or 'mise en scène' 'shot'
Moving sound centre technique - 'we go with' - see SOUND CENTRE
 This works best in the radio drama split-realism scene: the realist 'mise en scène' is tracked by the moving sound centre, while balanced with this is an internal monologue (the protagonist fully describes plot events and the location being moved through).

MONTAGE

 Use montage - cross-faded 'segments' + music (underscoring)
 Look for genre plot situations where montage best works - see Types of plays

USE FILM GENRE STYLES

 An example is '24' - see the BBC OFFICIAL SITE at http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/24/
 '24' makes such distinctive use of underscoring music, split screen, and exciting plot events within the thriller genre.

USE FILM PRODUCTION AND POST-PRODUCTION SYSTEMS 
    - SUCH AS Storyboard - different types and how to make it work for you

USE FILM VARIETIES OF SCENE BOUNDARIES

 SCENE BOUNDARIES - and - scene boundaries - more
 Combine the overall rhythm of the play with genre and music.

 'CHAINING' - LIGHTNING CUT
 Chaining sentences - (characters or character and narrator) - 'lightning cut' (film) - significant and stylish way of connecting the end of one scene to the beginning of another
 

FILMIC SYSTEM OVERALL

 I prefer the FILMIC SYSTEM OVERALL - working mostly in post-production, and reducing the amount of SPOT EFFECTS in Studio production.
 You need a large archive of digital sound effects - see SOUND BOX - production sound effects archive
 This causes you to rethink how you work with the actors and in the Studio. You need less from them.
 You can fill in and reshape and be creative with pre-recorded sound effects for 'presence', movement and 'being in', and embodying, as well as Spot Effects.

If for broadcast, you probably should respect BBC Editorial Guidelines

PROBLEMS - LOGIC PROBLEMS - ATTRACTING THE WRONG ATTENTION - SLOPPY MIX - PRE-PRODUCTION - PRODUCTION - POSTPRODUCTION

 

 

 

 

 

 

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