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!

Experimental? 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

Auditions

 Short introduction to Auditions

 AUDITIONS 2

 AUDITIONS 3

 Marking criteria
 BBC Editorial Guidelines - links and excerpts
 

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

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.

TECHNIQUES - FULL RANGE OF RADIO DRAMA TECHNIQUES ON THESE SITES

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