Category Archives: Radio 2
October 23, 2012 – 1:10 pm
“Sharehouse” was the radio play written, produced and voiced by myself, Emily and Cinzia. It revolved around three characters and grappled with the complexities of living with others as a student. The play was well written, comical and entertaining, providing a number of stereotypes for people to laugh at. The humour was quite self reflexive and delivered mostly by the play’s narrator. Additionally, we tried to make the play self-deprecating and purely entertaining.
The radio play was a wonderful experience to practice our creative writing skills. I thoroughly enjoyed the writing processes our group went through collaboratively using Google Docs and Facebook to maintain contact. The issues surrounding share houses intended to appeal to a universal amount of students who could relate to the characters as well as the popular culture references we used for comedic purposes.
When constructing our play we took into account Tim Crook’s article, “Principles of Writing a Radio Drama”, and more specifically, his paragraph on tension and humour. Our narrator was incorporated to relieve any tension occurring between the main characters. He was omnipresent and his British accent was incorporated to enhance the piece’s comedic elements. We wanted our characters to be honest, believable and recognisable to our peers.
Our group encountered no real conflicting ideas. The project was undertaken together. We recorded together, wrote the script together, found sound effects and edited the piece together. This made the process incredibly fun. Ideally, we could have taken the time to record our own sound effects to make the piece more realistic and intimate but we found we ran out of time.
October 13, 2012 – 3:07 pm
Below is the script for my review of Heroic Faun No. One. It was aired on 3RRR this week!
Written and performed by Gregory Cooper, Heroic Faun no. 1 recounts Cooper’s story as an extra in the film, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.
With an army of self-deprecating gags Cooper’s performance is as honest and open as Tilda Swinton’s marriage.
Possessing similarities to Mr Tumnus himself, Cooper’s narrative is as dark as it is endearing, going beyond insights into the glamorous world of Hollywood movie making. He unveils the tedious task of being an extra, where intense preparation goes unacknowledged on screen. Alleviating moments of moral confliction with frequent hilarity, Cooper constantly reminds you that his story is true through the repeated moments where he pin points his presence in the film.
Cooper’s use of lighting and minimal props are effective in transporting audiences from his audition, to the set of Narnia and to Auckland for the film’s opening night. He also contributes wonderful impersonations from the likes of James McAvoy.
Heroic Faun no. 1 is a hilariously charming and genuine anecdote surrounding Cooper’s experiences as an aspiring artist. It’s directed by Cal Wilson and is being performed at The North Melbourne Town Hall this week, running for just under an hour.
I’ve been Georgina for Buzz Cuts.
October 9, 2012 – 1:13 pm
Today we listened to each group’s audio arts pieces. Here are a list of grades I compiled for each group.
1. Off the Metre 17/20
- immersive soundscape
- good use of radio to indicate in and out of car moments
- technically brilliant
- broad accounts of people’s experiences
- holds attention
- great concept
2. 50 Shades of Greeey 17/20
- poor levels, reverb, overall technical quality not very good
- entertaining concept
- well scripted
- unconventional narrative, good use of flashbacks
- great talent, very amusing
- effective sounds
3. The End of Radio 16/20
- excellent concept
- boring introduction, compiled well regardless
- great use of vox pops
- too long
- a lot of potential but let down by presenters who drive narrative
4. The Swim Team 19/20
- excellent descriptions and such warm narration
- rich sound effects/soundscape
- great technically
- regarding of Elizabeth character lags compared to others
- versatile voices and subjects
5. These Shoes 17/20
- worked too much like a doco, drawing attention to the piece detached audiences from personal moments
- really lovely moments but too much narration, too obvious at times
- wonderfully layered soundscape
- confusing at times
- beautiful music
6. Flog FM 18/20
- incredibly funny
- average levels
- excellent sense of space, indicating when live to air and when in the studio
- great talent
- well written
October 1, 2012 – 3:05 pm
The past two editions of our Room With A View program I have had the opportunity to present. The two shows featured three studio interviews so it was necessary for me to reflect on interview techniques.
- avoid having your subject repeat answering the question by repeating the question you asked in the answer
- use scripted links
- avoid going for the person rather than the topic
- have a loose plan of roughly 10 questions
- find out what your interviewee is good at speaking about
- make eye contact
- do not react to their speakings with, ‘mmm’ or ‘yes’
- use simple nods
- avoid double barrel questions
- don’t let the interviewee get away with getting off topic
- don’t use jargon, particularly that is industry related
- assume you don’t understand
I feel I applied these tactics to each of my interview subjects. Assuming that you know nothing about what the person does was a good tip and this way I was able to participate in interviews like I was speaking with someone I had just met at a party and was getting to know.
September 29, 2012 – 3:51 pm
Overall I was impressed with the quality of this show and mine and Emily’s ‘first time’ attempts at presenting. Emily and I wanted this edition to be very conversational, not relying on scripts overly aside from with interviewees. I think we attained the casual tone we were wanting to attribute to the show and the interviewees (beer blogger, Revive the Drive) we had on also contributed to the fun and entertaining elements of it. Whilst Elizabeth said we sounded scripted at the beginning of the show, we eased in within the first 10 minutes.
Another criticism Elizabeth had was with the film review I gave on The Sapphires. Whilst she enjoyed the content of the review she did not enjoy the delivery. In the future, rather than prerecording the film review, I should be able to interact with the hosts and have a conversation about the film rather than boring listeners with academic film language for 3 minutes straight. This style should emulate the show, Film Buff’s Forecast on 3RRR. Whilst it is ok to have notes, I should practice reading them conversationally.
September 14, 2012 – 1:26 pm
This week I attended the RMIT “Pick Your Brains” lecture. The lecture was centred on the radio industry and students conducted a number of interviews with radio industry professionals. In particular, it was interviews conducted with Lauren Brain, Jennifer Bowen and Damon Hughes that were of interest to me. Lauren spoke about how it was necessary to have a podcast to start a show, you must be able to prove you have a good opinion and style about you. I was thankful for our own radio subject at this point and I reflected on my show reel including RWAV on RRR and the radio play we conducted in class. I feel both of these recordings are appropriate to submit to industry professionals to become involved in the industry. Lauren also stated how you should begin at a regional level to gain experience and then progress to inner city standards.
Jennifer Bowen began her interview by stating why she adored radio. Jennifer said that she was drawn the liveness, the challenge to constantly produce new material for radio that was most enticing and I can definitely relate to this response. Radio demands frequent new ideas and in this sense it is necessary for us as students to expose ourselves to as many program styles to apply to different stations. This indicates diversity in our content as well as our ability to use different technologies to adjust to the changing landscape.
Damon Hughes spoke quite a bit about the benefits of digital radio as well as the challenges it faces as it emerges. Damon was apart of the launch of Triple J Unearthed. He indicated how audiences will become more niche and considered less as a national collective to appeal to. Stations will be given alot more freedom and more independent stations will emerge. With online social media distribution tactics, independent stations have a head start in promoting their station.
September 11, 2012 – 3:14 pm
I thought it best to record some notes during our multi-track sessions with Dave. Dave gave a run through on how to use the system and introduced a number of microphones and speaker options for us to use for our plays.
- Maximum of 8 microphones used at a time
- Supergold monitor – tanel speakers (more spacious)
- Nearfields – smaller speakers used for mid range recording, not as glossy
- Subwoofer – bass reproduction, low frequency range
- Listen with headphones when remixing
- U87 Noyman microphone for recording
- Ensure talen reads from music stand to avoid paper rustle
- Top notches for microphones 1-8 and leave phantom power on
- Fader controls down the bottom and pre fader up the top
- Monitor to Protools
- If there is feedback then turn the speaker volume down and use headphones
- Ensure channels match on panel
- Use bottom notches as faders for Protools
September 5, 2012 – 6:13 pm
In five minutes Cinzia, Emily and I aim to create a radio play centred on the conflicts endured in share houses. Our play will form as a dark satire and revolve around three female house mates, two of which want to remove the third girl from the house. Through this play we aim to appeal to young adults, particularly the students who can relate directly to the complexities of sharing a house.
The play itself begins quite light hearted and centres on the two girls finding their mutual hatred for their other house mate. As they begin to think of ways to remove her from the house their thoughts become progressively more sinister. Both girls begin to plot ways of killing the third party to remove her from the house and this will be presented in a casual manner similarly to the film Heathers.
Our soundscape will consist of house hold noises such as footsteps on tiles, creaking doors, dripping taps, doors slamming and music being played. We also intend to incorporate a ticking clock to indicate a change in time and perhaps even use a voice over that delivers what day of the week it is that correlates to how the girls plans become progressively more brutal.
During the script writing process we intend to use Google Docs whilst meeting weekly to discuss our ideas. The script will be contributed to evenly.
September 5, 2012 – 2:58 pm
As apart of the Melbourne Fringe Festival I will be reviewing a comedy show called Werner Herzog Presents Eddie Sharp on RRR. Bruce outlined a number of tips for reviewing, related specifically to reviewing for radio.
Reviews should be informative, advisory, critical and entertaining. We should be actively researching the piece and the performer, attaining a press release to refer back to in our reviews. Naturally our review should hook our audience immediately whilst subsequently outlining the genre of the show, the content, its highs and its lows. Be careful to note that we are not wanting to destroy people’s reputations but rather present a reasonable and justifiable argument centered on what worked and what didn’t work in the piece.
It is also necessary for us to convey the mood and set the scene of the piece, paint a mental picture for the audience so to speak. Language must be kept relatively simple and appeal to a wide, general audience. It will also be incredibly important to separate fact from opinion and ensure that you state comments as an opinion of yours rather than presenting it as a fact that could lead to potential unappealing law suits. Ensure that your own personal tone and opinion shines on through!
Having the opportunity to review for Buzzcuts is an incredibly exciting experience that will enable me to have my work published on one of Melbourne’s best radio stations. The content of the show should enable me to apply a relaxed and witty tone of voice that could potentially employ some excellent sound bites of Werner Herzog!