The period that Crimson Skies is set in is pretty much the Golden Age of Radio, for its time it was the top of the food chain in the entertainment industry leaving us with a legacy of archtypes that were the building blocks of our modern mass media. Radio drama is an acquired taste and does not appeal to the mass markets of today who are used to the wizz-bangs of video special effects. However the advent of the internet as a distribution medium and computer hardware and software have fueled a renewed interest in audio drama that has its roots in OTR (Old Time Radio) but is tailored to modern tastes.
I intend producing a series of 10-15 minute audio dramas, initially a proof of concept mini-series of three episodes, based on the concept of a radio news programme that is reporting on international air piracy. Each episode will be self-contained but will have the possibility of being expanded on with further episodes or linking in with your existing fan fiction. As characters I will be developing a "news anchor" plus a number of "reporters", who will act as narrators and players, that might include ...
- An undercover investigative crime reporter
- An ex-pirate flier with links to the gangs
- An industry expert on the airplane industry
- A military intelligence expert
- A social gossip reporter
- Editorial comment by a hard-bitten newspaper type
What I would like would be scripts - or short story submissions that I can help you turn into scripts - from forum members or anyone you think might be interested. I'll be calling for submissions on various fan fiction forums as well but I'll make this forum the "home forum" for the project.
This will hinge heavily on getting a good sound editor/director but I know where to look. Casting shouldn't be a problem but I would like submissions to include international characters with a range of accents: Canadian, Russian, Spanish, German etc to encourage international participation of voice actors. Grant, I would like to work with you to make something that will fit in with your Australian/South Pacific storyline.
I'll probably negotiate with an existing audio production group to share the production/distribution work, unless we have someone who could sound edit or put together the distribution for us? Good sound editing takes practice and I'm merely competent but the webservices are not hard to do, basically just setting up a webpage with RSS podcasting facilities. Over the weekend I'll put together a spec script as an example that I'll share on an agreement of non-disclosure.
It will probably be produced as a Silvertongue Production but full credit and fan media coverage will be given to individuals or groups who participate.
If you want to contact me privately you can PM me for my email address. Anyone interested? Your audience awaits you.