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Editing Episode 7 - Environmentally Sound Effects

A green bin with a pun on the the word 'bin'

Action Dan and Science Brian help out by recycling jokes.

In these days of climate change, peak oil, fracking and Jeremy Clarkson, it behoves us all to do our bit for the environment. And what better way to help make a greener tomorrow than with a little recycling? So, as you listen to Episode 7 of Action Science Theatre, don’t sit there thinking, “I’m sure that sound has been in the past three episodes.” Instead, rejoice in the knowledge that, by recycling sound effects, we at Action Science Theatre are contributing to greener podcasting.

 

Editing Episode 5 - The Ant: an Introduction

As my regular reader will know, I spend a lot of time in these blogs ranting about the ludicrous sound effects that Science Brian expects me to produce. Anyone who has listened to Episode 5, then, will expect this blog to be no different. Except that… when I first read the script for Solvay-nt Abuse – and saw that I needed to create a giant ant that rumbled, rattled its cage, smashed through the bars, roared, bit a scientist’s arm off, and then proceeded to crash its way through an explicitly marble-floored hotel – I passed straight through ‘ranting’ and emerged on the far side with a sort of cheery determination. Believe me, I was as surprised as you are.

Editing Episode 4 - Layers of Nonsense

Wherever you come near the human race there’s layers and layers of nonsense

That line from Thornton Wilder’s 1938 play, Our Town, pretty much sums up the editing process for an episode of AST. Layers and layers of nonsense. Even a simple scene usually contains three layers:

  1. Dialogue
  2. Sound effects
  3. Background noise

And, just to clarify, Point 3 does not refer to the sound of Action Dan munching his sandwiches in the corner of the recording studio.

Editing Episode 2 - The Strumpet's Plague

‘Tis the strumpet’s plague
To beguile many and be beguiled by one

– Othello IV.i

Two bowls of cat food

Essential podcast-editing equipment

Let’s see…what did I learn from Episode 1?

1. Sort out sound effects in advance
2. Throw the cast out earlier
3. Remember to feed the cats
4. Don’t confuse 2 and 3

 

That’s not a lot, really, is it?

 

 

 

Recording Episode 1

A sleepy suburban house in Watford. 6 people, 2 cats and a selection of food. This can mean only one thing: Action Science Theatre has begun.

First step: tea.

The morning read-through

Everyone is professionally focused at the read-through

Next, time for a read-through. Already problems. Science Brian wants to change things; as a result Producer Dan wants to have him thrown out. We clear the air and continue…

A physical push is required in the script. A cast member is almost thrown from the sofa.

The word “I’m” causes an unexpected problem. Resolved with a change to the script. The writers promise to avoid cunningly simple words in the future.

Read-through finished.