A Story For The Ear: Writing the Audio Drama

A friendly desert community where the sun is hot, the moon is beautiful, and mysterious lights pass overhead while we all pretend to sleep … heard this line before? Welcome to Night Vale is an audio drama podcast written by Joseph Fink and Jeffory Cranor about a strange desert town where the unusual and horrifying […]

Creating the Story Playlist

There are some stories that we can see playing in our heads; we can see the cinematic sequence of every fight, of every kiss, betrayal, victory, and defeat. And as we play these movies through our heads, what do we hear? You can visualize the actions and scenes playing in time as your eyes scan […]

California Screamin’

California Screamin’ California. Close your eyes and say it: California. Images of perpetual sunshine, swaying palm trees, and blue waters lapping at sandy beaches. That one word conjures visions of gold and fame, luring dreamers to its mythic shores. The original peoples lived in an abundant paradise. The Spanish found a familiarity to their homeland. […]

The Driving Force: Characters

People go to the movies for the characters. Pretty elementary, right? Oh, sure, you have the occasional viewer who just wants to see what your digitized Tyrannosaurus Rex looks like up close, but for the most part, people go to the movies because movies tell a story, and stories are about characters. It doesn’t matter […]