THREE PHASES OF PRODUCTION
(1) PRE-PRODUCTION - (2) PRODUCTION - (3) POSTPRODUCTION
You are a PRODUCER responsible for the business side.
Budgets - booking the studio - auditions - casting - script preparation
Managing the actors
SOAP (SERIAL DRAMA) - STARTING-UP - GETTING THE 'IDEA' - TEAM-WORK - SCRIPTING
Negotiations with playwright and redrafting - REDRAFTS ALWAYS NEEDED HOW MANY WORDS FOR A 5-MINUTE EPISODE? HOW MANY SCENES? SCRIPT - as much PRODUCTION and POSTPRODUCTION detail should be in the SCRIPT. MOOD NOTES FOR THE ACTORS - supporting your actors with detailed guided notes on emotions and interpretations TECHNICAL NOTES NEEDED FOR EACH SCENE - PRODUCTION-POSTPRODUCTION information - FXs - microphone positions - scene boundaries - music ALAN BECK'S FORMULA FOR THE MAIN CHARACTERS - 6 - Feisty Girl, Inexperienced Girl, Streetwise Boy, Inexperienced Boy, Boss, Villain Storyboard - layout of scenes and details - how to make it work for you
You are a PRODUCER - your twin job as DIRECTOR
Planning - email lists - all contact details with actors (emails, mobile numbers) - time management for studio and post-production - double-check studio times
Casting and contracts - you do the best casting from AUDITIONS. (Don't just cast from friends). Email to actors with clear details of commitment needed from them
(STUDENTS) You rely on the goodwill of actors. So keep them fully informed and of all that is required from them. Get the script to them early so that they can work on it (you hope!) Give actors all details on email too (as back-up). Do not just rely on talking to them and phone conversations. You have to depend on the actors turning up! Booking studio OR / AND choosing locations for OB (outside the studio) production Budgets SCRIPT - TECHNICAL NOTES NEEDED FOR EACH SCENE - PRODUCTION-POSTPRODUCTION information - FXs - microphone positions - scene boundaries - music - see as example 'The Canterbury Vampires' - Episodes 6-10 - 'Salem'
Preparing play script for broadcast - photocopying
WHEN THE SCRIPT IS FINALISED - get script copied and to the whole production team and actors. You can redraft in the Studio too - and will probably have to.
PUBLICITY : writing promotional copy + promotion of play in the media - (STUDENTS) make the most of this opportunity - set up web site (useful also for actors and all involved in production). To whom can you send the completed production on CD - to further your careers? Design CD cover - and a web site will be useful here. See PRESS RELEASE for 'The Canterbury Vampires' Copyright (See Copyright - main guidance) - especially music Health and safety - in the Studio & in OB recording. Remember that some 'public' areas are not 'public' for the purposes of recording - example (London) underground system and buses - so check out the legality of OB locations. (DIRECTOR and STUDIO MANAGER) work on pre-recorded sound effects and music - (essential) FXs to be used in production in the studio - (also must be done) FXs for post-production (as some of these FXs could be mixed in during production - music must be selected now and cues set up (DIRECTOR and STUDIO MANAGER) meet and discuss detail of production, divide script into production sequences
PA (production assistant) help? (STUDENTS) very useful to have PA
(NOTE: some of these tasks continue in post-production)
WHICH METHOD ARE YOU USING IN THE STUDIO?
'Rehearse-record' - production method in the Studio 'Rehearse all - then record' - PRODUCTION METHOD
Radio drama - various techniques
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