Writing screenplays is a lot of fun, and so is entering them into competitions. Only problem, is that unless you have at least some budget, bringing your screenplay to life on your own is pretty difficult for most people (myself included).
That's why at the start of summer, I decided to write a fiction podcast. First it was one episode, then three, then five. It was actually three episodes which were too long, which I split up into five.
What I've come to love about podcasting, is that you don't need anyone's permission or money to make it real. All you need is a mic, some headphones, a quiet place to record, and some game voice actors.
Somehow, I managed to get my hands on all of those, and early in September, we recorded all five episodes.
The Disappearance of the Lilac Tiger is now a real thing that exists, complete with music from independent artists in the UK, the U.S. and Canada.
👉 You can listen to all five episodes for free, right now, on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever else you listen to your podcasts. 👈
You can also download the full script for each episode on the page linked above. 🤓
What I've learned 😵
A few pointers from my own experience producing something this complex.
If you can afford to pay your actors, pay them. I couldn't, but I could afford to buy them lunch. If you can't afford to buy them lunch, do some work on the side until you can.
Get a good space in which to record. I was fortunate that one of my actors had recently graduated from Drama Studio London, who were generous enough to allow us to use their space. If you're working with a cast, try and find somewhere where they can hang out between recordings comfortably.
Plan your scenes. Make a recording schedule and know exactly which scenes you're going to record on which days. Try and stick to it.
Find a production assistant. Somehow who can tell you which scenes are done and which are yet to record. I did it all myself (with some help from the cast), but an assistant would have been so helpful.
Don't edit your own work. Be there when the editing happens, but hand this part over to someone with experience. I believe what I edited together is okay, but an experienced editor would have made it better.
Special thanks to all of the cast and musicians involved in this, and to Drama Studio London for letting us take over the studio for the weekend.
- Graeme Keeton