Radio drama

Discussion in 'Fan Productions' started by lordsofelsewhen, Nov 18, 2015.

  1. lordsofelsewhen

    lordsofelsewhen Lieutenant Junior Grade Red Shirt

    Nov 13, 2015
    I wanna do a Star Trek radio drama do i get started?
  2. MikeH92467

    MikeH92467 Admiral Admiral

    Dec 31, 2001
    Boise, ID
    You could start by listening to Star Trek Excelsior

    Star Trek Outpost and Star Trek: Lost Frontier.

    All of them have a unique approach to the Trek Universe and have solid scripts as well as strong overall production values.

    Excelsior has it's own forum and welcome questions about what we do and how we do it.

    One strong suggestion, make sure you have a good story before you do anything else. Maurice has been extremely generous sharing his professional know-how in several threads and even though he is a video producer many of his ideas apply just as well to audio.

    Good luck!
  3. Mysterion

    Mysterion Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jun 28, 2001
    SB-31, Daran V
    I would go and listen to some radio dramas from the era they were being produced and get a feel for the way they were written and paced. The series "X Minus One" is a good place to start, they adapted a number of classic SF short-stories for radio.
  4. Mark_Nguyen

    Mark_Nguyen Commodore Commodore

    Apr 24, 2006
    Calgary, Alberta
    Agreed on that. I'm a huge fan of old radio serials and that's a great way to cut your teeth on learning how to write and produce a radio play - by listening as those shows explored how it was done and became bloody experts at it.

    Also, there are repositories of sci-fi dramas and serials from subsequent eras as well. Where I'm from, the CBC has a massive free archive of radio dramas and plays. And if you want to be current and have some cash to buy the downloads, try out Big Finish for an enormous range of sci-fi audio dramas from Doctor Who and a bunch of other stuff.

  5. Maurice

    Maurice Vice Admiral Admiral

    Oct 17, 2005
    Walking distance from Starfleet HQ
  6. Kor

    Kor Admiral Admiral

    Jul 31, 2001
    Dahar Master final exams
    Radio drama is one of my favorite methods of storytelling. :cool:

    Solid writing is everything. You should have a compelling, well-constructed story before anything else. Worry about the technical aspects later.

    Here are some books you may want to take a gander at:

    Radio Drama, by Tim Crook
    Here is a primer on script development that Tim Crook has available online:

    The Radio Drama Handbook: Audio Drama in Context and Practice, by Richard J. Hand and Mary Traynor

    Writing for Radio: 2nd Edition, by Shaun McLoughlin