STUDENT - INTRODUCTION
Begin with SOME OPENING STATEMENTS - Step 1 (new page) GET INTO RADIO DIRECTING TECHNIQUES (further down this page) Do you have a script already? Start on AUDITIONS (further down this page) Try out some TRAINING SCRIPTS - to apply techniques and get going with them systematically (further down this page) Writing an essay or writing up your project? (further down this page) FIND YOUR WAY AROUND THIS SITE WITH THE 'A' TO 'Z' INDEX (new page) STUDYING INDIVIDUAL RADIO PLAYS See Group dynamics - what goes right and avoiding the rest (RADIO SOAP SITE)
FREE SOUND FILES
See THREE PHASES OF PRODUCTION
See Radio Drama Theory Lesson Plan
See Radio Drama Reading List
STARTING A PRODUCTION AND CHOOSING A SCRIPT?
Stage play adaptation? - NO (probably)
Short story adaptation - YES (especially sci-fi, horror, fantasy)
SCRIPTING YOURSELF? Good!
Radio soap (serial drama)? Good!
ADAPTATIONS OF STAGE PLAYS? I advise NO. Stage play scenes have a different tempo, they are not suited to student productions, and not to student actors' abilities. You could be making the project too difficult for yourself and the team. Remember that the microphone is cruel and your listeners can be turned off by one sentence or one actor. On the other hand, if you are creatively excited by a stage script, who am I to stand in your way?!
ADAPTATION OF A SHORT STORY? Good! This puts you in charge. And especially if the genre is NOT realism, but sci-fi, thriller, fantasy, horror etc. Use a narrator. See Types of plays. See Adaptations for some suggested texts. See Types of plays - and suggestions for productions
NOW - make a storyboard. This will put you right away in a creatively efficient direction. You work for the result, for the broadcast production. Often in radio, you need to work back-to-front, planning for each minute of the product.See Copyright.
SCRIPTING YOURSELF? Good! You will be even more creatively committed to the project. STUDY radio drama techniques (from this site etc.). Short scenes.
Radio soap (serial drama)? Good! See Soap Project
What post-production resources do you have? Working as a student, there will often be restrictions. So planning ahead is crucial and casting is crucial. You can save a lot of time in post-production if you have cast well and prepared your actors.
You will save time if you choose your range of pre-recorded sound effects early, and BEFORE you go into the studio with your actors. Ditto your choices of music. AND YOU MUST PREPARE YOUR SCRIPT AND ALL YOUR CHOICES AS DIRECTOR, AND ALL POSSIBLE CHOICES FOR YOUR ACTORS.
I prefer to work with a lot of post-production if on non-realist genres and if the style is filmic - see Filmic - styles of radio drama directing and post-production which creatively relate to film
There are SOME BASICS of studio production and post-production you have to learn - quickly. They are set out below on this web page. Fast-track through these and then go over them again. Are you aware of the full range of possibilities? Use the list below as a check list. Now go to THREE PHASES OF PRODUCTION
GET INTO RADIO DIRECTING TECHNIQUES
Setting the scene
Silences and the overall design silences hook signposting Description establish presence scene boundaries scene boundaries - more Perspective sound centre and Point of listening = POL To index
Structuring the plot
Narrative protagonist-dominated Narrator closure (ending) use a 'mystery' Realism To index
Production issues in detail
address naming record 'umms' from all the characters to store scene structure dialogue is more than words SOUND BOX - production sound effects archive atmos and soundscapes double frame - triple frame clustering underscoring music - fighting the dialogue Noise 'moving camera' technique Music montage
'Will you turn that music down!'
18-second rule drop-ins sound pictures memorability number the scenes carefully with a system voice in the mind = interiorizing time-space rule or jump cut
Styles of production, directing and post-production
Standard production Genre (academic) and types of plays Storyboard - different types and how to make it work for you chaining sentences - (characters or character and narrator) doubling sentences - overlapping (narrator and protagonist) economy rule To Index 'A' to 'Z' for this site - use to navigate
Short introduction to Auditions AUDITIONS 2 AUDITIONS 3
Marking criteria BBC Editorial Guidelines - links and excerpts
Level One: Your first script: 'The Ark' production and script for seven actors and seven production team Level Two: Your second Script: 'The Ouija Board' Level Three: Acting : objective-choice-action Acting : some key terms for the actor and director Level Four: Creative scripting and production exercises - hook and signposting, & montage, & music Level Five: How to produce a TRAIL - What is signposting? & Some advice about radio drama directing as a student
Directing the Monologue Questions for the Director and Actor Monologue Scripts
Level Seven : Script: 'We Go With'
Scripts: Dragon Colourlands The Egg-stremists Warm Up Act
Theoretical issues & writing-up your project
writing up your student project work (critique) realism symbol system language based = logocentric What is radio theory for? Theory - what is it? Voice
To Index 'A' to 'Z' for this site - use to navigate
Now go to THREE PHASES OF PRODUCTION
This site is 'Radio Drama - directing, acting, technical, learning & teaching, researching, styles, genres'. See INDEX to navigate also. Complete curriculum of scripts, techniques (acting & directing & post-production & genre styles), advice, sound files - effects and atmoses (with no copyright and so free to use), detailed script commentaries, etc.
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