Radio Drama - directing, acting, technical, learning & teaching, researching, styles, genres

Learn about radio drama on this site along with my book - Beck, Alan, Radio Acting, London: A & C Black ISBN 0-7136-4631-4

Available on Amazon. CLICK HERE.

This is a complete curriculum of scripts, techniques, advice, sound files - effects and atmoses (with no copyright and so free to use), detailed script commentaries, etc.

 STARTING

 STUDENT

RESEARCH

TEACHER

THEORY

 INDEX

 LESSON PLAN

 RADIO SOAPS

 'WRAP PACK' SOAP

 BBC EDITORIAL GUIDELINES

 COPYRIGHT

 AUDITIONS

 ANALYSING RADIO DRAMA

 DIRECTING THE ACTOR

Radio Soap (serial drama) - HOW TO - advice by Alan Beck - production, scripting, post-production, marketing, web site, 'logging' .....

FREE SOUND FILES

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ON THIS SITE - First QUESTIONS - 'HOW DO I'

 Opening issues

 Setting the scene

 Structuring the plot

 Production issues in detail

 Styles of production, directing and post-production

 Theoretical issues & writing-up your project

 Experimental pieces and being adventurous

 ADVICE ON HOW TO USE THIS SITE

 To Index 'A' to 'Z' for this site - use to navigate

Opening issues 

 Here are some opening statements - creative - about training as a radio drama director

 Here is how you start - at the beginning of each radio scene.

Top of the scene
 microphone positions

 Types of plays for you to work with

You will find advice on EXPERIMENTAL radio drama pieces - being as creative as you can.

This site is 'Radio Drama Techniques - Training as a radio drama director'.

Setting the scene

 Silences and the overall design

   silences 

     hook

    signposting

 Description

Atmos bed
 establish presence 

 scene boundaries

  scene boundaries - more

  Perspective 

 sound centre and   Point of listening = POL

 To index 'A' To 'Z'

Structuring the plot

   Narrative

   protagonist-dominated

 Narrator

    closure (ending)

   use a 'mystery'

 Realism
   

 To index 'A' To 'Z'

Production issues in detail - THREE PHASES OF PRODUCTION

   address 

    naming

  record 'umms' from all the characters to store

    scene structure

  dialogue is more than words

      SOUND BOX - production sound effects archive

 Getting PRESENCE into the scene - the sense of a character being 'in'

 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 

 THREE PHASES OF PRODUCTION
 

 To Index 'A' to 'Z' for this site - use to navigate

Acting

 OBJECTIVE - What the character is trying to achieve

 DIRECTING THE ACTOR

 subtext

Auditions

 Short introduction to Auditions

 AUDITIONS 2

 AUDITIONS 3

Training scripts

 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

Level Six

 Directing the Monologue

 Questions for the Director and Actor

 Monologue Scripts

 Level Seven : Script: 'We Go With'

Level Eight

 Scripts: Dragon
 Colourlands
 The Egg-stremists
 Warm Up Act

SOAP PROJECT (RADIO SERIAL DRAMA)

 Soap Project - INTRODUCTION
 
 

 

Theoretical issues & writing-up your project

Begin with Analysing radio drama

writing up your student project work (critique)

 realism 

 symbol system 
  language based =  logocentric  

 What is radio theory for?

 Theory - what is it?

 Voice
 Radio Drama Reading List

 FORMALISM

 Political economy approach

 Text
 
     

SO AFTER ALL THAT - WILL I GET A JOB AS A RADIO DRAMA DIRECTOR? ACTOR?

This site is 'Radio Drama Techniques - Training as a radio drama director'.

Experimental pieces and being adventurous

 EXPERIMENTAL radio drama pieces

 Prologue - especially for an experimental piece
 

 quarter-layering (experimental piece technique)
   
 

 To Index 'A' to 'Z' for this site - use to navigate

Links

BBC's 'writersroom' at http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/

includes: Writers' Guidelines, How to lay out a radio script

Read examples of BBC television and radio scripts at http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/insight/script_archive.shtml

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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