ext_23799: (shalka!doctor)
[identity profile] aralias.livejournal.com
Hello. Currently looking to cast episode 4 of our Shalka audio series. It's called 'The Immortality Pedlars' and has been written by [livejournal.com profile] vonquixote.

The plot:
Our heroes land in ancient Byzantium and encounter a man who appears to have cracked the secret to Immortality. This episode has jokes, a song, ethical and theological dilemmas, and SCIENCE.

We are mostly looking for blokes, I'm afraid, but there are two female parts available - both parts have quite a few lines/4 or 5 scenes each.

Deadline for audition pieces is fairly flexible, but we'd ideally like to hear from you by August 14th.

How our auditions work/time commitment stuff - explanation now much shorter )

Audition dialogue - please audition for any/all characters you're interested in )

In summary:
1. Record and upload audition sections for any parts you're interested in.
2. Comment (all comments are screened) or email radiosonicworkshop@gmail.com with a link to your upload.
3. Ideal audition deadline August 14th 2012.

Episode 4 casting is now closed. Thanks to everyone who auditioned!
ext_23799: (shalka!tardis)
[identity profile] aralias.livejournal.com
I thought it was probably about time we did another podcast, so Erin and I did another podcast.

In this podcast we discuss the pros and cons of producing Doctor Who audio drama as a fan project, rather than as part of a licensed company. These include no money (pro!), no money (con!), no money (pro!), no money (con!), no money (pro!), and no Paul McGann (boo).

Also includes a rough clip of episode 6: 'Paths to Victory' by [livejournal.com profile] birdsarecalling
ext_23799: (shalka!doctor)
[identity profile] aralias.livejournal.com
Hullo! Currently looking to cast episode 1, which (as the podcasts may have told you) is sent in ancient Egypt - specifically the Armarna period. It's possible that if we think you'd be good for a character in one of the other un-cast episodes, based on these readings, that we may ask you to play a different role, but largely we're looking for Ancient Egyptians, here. To be played with British accents please - Northern or Scottish accents ideal.

Deadline for audition pieces is fairly flexible, but we'd ideally like to hear from you by April 14th.

How our auditions work/time commitment stuff - explanation now much shorter )

Audition dialogue - please audition for any/all characters you're interested in )

In summary:
1. Record and upload audition sections for any parts you're interested in.
2. Comment (all comments are screened) or email radiosonicworkshop@gmail.com with a link to your upload.
3. Ideal audition deadline April 14th 2012.

Episode 1 casting now closed. Thanks to everyone who auditioned!
ext_23799: (shalka!doctor)
[identity profile] aralias.livejournal.com
Ans, our most excellent Head of Music, asked if we could compile a document laying out who/what/why, which we could then give to those people who were helping us who haven't heard quite as many Rob Shearman audios as maybe they should have we have.

This seemed like a very good idea, and so [livejournal.com profile] x_los wrote a really long thing and I edited it a bit. The result is below, because it may be useful to other people who want to get involved. It answers the following questions (some of which you may know the answers to already):

What is audio drama?
So will Radiosonic productions be like these other audio productions?
What is this “Scream of the Shalka” thing anyway?
Why are we doing this?
How will we market and distribute the series once its done?
What specifically will happen in this series?
What’s the story so far - production wise?
How can I get involved in this Radiosonic thing?

find all the answers (yes, all) here )
ext_23799: (jacobi!master lurks in the tardis)
[identity profile] aralias.livejournal.com
It's been a while, but [livejournal.com profile] radio_sonic is back with another podcast.

[livejournal.com profile] aralias, [livejournal.com profile] vonquixote, and (briefly) [livejournal.com profile] x_los discuss what's been going on in the Radiosonic world, including thoughts on acting, Cybermen, and the episode 5 readthrough. This podcast also comes with a free clip of almost none of the final actors from this scene in a scene from episode 5: Terror/Destiny/Children of the Jayhawks by [livejournal.com profile] neveralarch

Radiosonic Podcast 3: What's Up? Long Time, No See by radiosonic
ext_23799: (alison)
[identity profile] aralias.livejournal.com
We are looking for:

* Directors - who have directed at least one show in any medium
* Editors - no experience necessary
* SFX sourcers - no experience necessary
* Music sourcers - no experience necessary
* Musicians of all types, but particularly string instrumentalists and percussionists
* Composers
* Production Assistants - experience: good at lists, sending emails, and staying in touch. It would be great if you'd run or modded a fest/comm/similar.

If you're willing to do any of these tasks PLEASE get in contact with us. The work should be both fun and rewarding and, as you can see, no experience is necessary for a lot of the roles we need. When we do ask for experience, we're just wondering how best to assign you and working out what you'd be most comfortable doing, rather than judging you for a job interview.





Dec. 30th, 2011 11:58 am
ext_23799: (shalka!doctor)
[identity profile] aralias.livejournal.com
Just sent out a mass email/some PMs to anyone that I could think of who suggested they might be interested in editing. If I missed you/you didn't volunteer but now you would like to - let me know, and I will send you the spiel. Delightedly.

We now have most of episode 2 and most of episode 7 recorded. V exciting.

Hope everyone had a nice Christmas/other holiday, and have a Happy New Year!

P.S. SFX and Music people... you should be contacted in the next week or so. Happy New Year to you too.
ext_23799: (shalka!doctor)
[identity profile] aralias.livejournal.com
A few weeks ago [livejournal.com profile] x_los, [livejournal.com profile] vonquixote, [livejournal.com profile] ashteth (aka Jon's girlfriend/Henchman #2 in an episode as yet undisclosed), and I sat down in two different places and watched the original 'Scream of the Shalka' webcasts all the way through. We had thoughts and said them out loud and recorded them, and now if you want to listen to these thoughts they are uploaded to the internet in the form of podcasts.

Each section starts right at the beginning of the episode (with the BBCi logo), and goes on approximately the episode ends. Part 5 goes on for substantially longer than that.

As a disclaimer I'd like to mention that the best part of 'Scream of the Shalka' is its dialogue, which we couldn't really hear. So we focused on the plotting and the animation, which, as you may know, is not the best part of Shalka. Any harping on about slow moving plot or REG eyebrow is done with affection.

Here are the commentary parts:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
They're also on iTunes for download.

You can watch Shalka either at the BBC official website or Dailymotion or YouTube.
ext_23799: (shalka!doctor)
[identity profile] aralias.livejournal.com
The first official recording (rather than the rough readthrough) is done, and goes out to editors some time later this month.

In other news, you can now subscribe to our podcasts on iTunes!

Partly to celebrate this, and partly because I had it knocking around and meant to post it some time, here's another mini-podcast. I couldn't work out how to paste this into the longer 'Writers and Influences' podcast, but it properly belongs there. It's a quick discussion of the Gothic novel, our Doctor Who, and the Gothic novel and Doctor Who in general. Largely conducted by [livejournal.com profile] x_los and [livejournal.com profile] bagheera_san.

Radiosonic Podcast: 2.5 (Influences - the Gothic) by radiosonic
ext_23799: (shalka!doctor)
[identity profile] aralias.livejournal.com

Still very much looking for voice actors - particularly voice actors with American accents. This is for the college football/Daemons episode penned by [livejournal.com profile] neveralarch. There are many jokes, and plenty of high speed chases and misunderstandings.

Don't be put off by the high-tech spiel at the bottom. Essentially all you need is a quiet place and a microphone that isn't the built-in one in your computer. And some time, obviously.

If you were thinking about auditioning - please do check out this post.
ext_23799: (alison)
[identity profile] aralias.livejournal.com
It's time for the second Radiosonic podcast! Chatting in real time about their influences are [livejournal.com profile] aralias, [livejournal.com profile] x_los, [livejournal.com profile] bagheera_san, and [livejournal.com profile] neveralarch, with the help of [livejournal.com profile] bessyboo as technical support, time keeper, and thinker of thoughts. Talking to us from the past or the future are [livejournal.com profile] vonquixote and [livejournal.com profile] birdsarecalling. This podcast is about what influences the Radiosonic writers, in particular: what we stole from Doctor Who and Big Finish (consciously or unconsciously) and what we chose not to steal.

The podcast also contains two rough clips of the first episode to go into production, episode 2: The Shackles of the Wolf. These clips are from the very first readthrough with the actors. The director has yet to issue direction, the pacing is off thanks to Skype's lag and my dodgy cutting, the audio quality is bad, and the sound effects are being read in by the Production Manager. Nevertheless, it seemed a nice thing to put into the podcast since we have these clips, and it should be interesting to see how radically different the scenes sound by the time the episode is actually finished.

N.B. Although we talk about the relative gayness of the writing team and our roots in fanfiction, it is worth noting that there is no explicit Doctor/Master slash in series 1.

Please enjoy the podcast.

Radiosonic Podcast: 2 (Writers+Influences) by radiosonic

We Tumbl at radio-sonic. You can follow the Tumblr through the RSS feed [livejournal.com profile] sonictumblr
We tweet at @radiosonic_WS

Links to Big Finish audios mentioned in the Podcast )

What we didn't say in the podcast is that there are more audition pieces up. Check out this post for UK, USA, and Australian accent parts, ranging from major characters in the episode to news reader types.

Also - the production team recruitment post is always open.
ext_23799: (jacobi!master lurks in the tardis)
[identity profile] aralias.livejournal.com
New audition pieces for UK, USA, and Australian voices are up on the comm here. Almost all parts are single episode roles, but they range from main characters within those episodes to a few lines.

More characters still to come...

And the next podcast will be out on Friday, and features the first clips of the first readthrough. Oooooh....
ext_23799: (alison)
[identity profile] aralias.livejournal.com
[livejournal.com profile] who_daily people: don't bother reporting this post. The icons have already gone up, and the other platform information is not that newsworthy (although obviously often the Daily Mail thinks that Matt Smith not smiling that much while walking his dog is newsworthy and I do dutifully report that.

No real news, although the writers are gathering for a writer's influences/favourite episodes podcast this Friday...

This post is mainly to let you know that:

This community is the primary hub of Radiosonic information and will remain thus, but we're now also on:

Twitter @radiosonic_WS
Tumblr @radio-sonic
You can follow the Tumblr through LJ by friending [livejournal.com profile] sonictumblr

The twitter is a straight-forward feed back to this community. The Tumblr should become something more than just a Time Lord than that. Obviously a lot of the stuff on it at the moment is similar to what's on here, but it should branch off as People Who Are Not Me will (hopefully) be running it. I'll let you know who when that's confirmed.

Currently it has some links to things, and some pictures of Shalka, and some Shalka stuff I re-blogged from elsewhere. If anyone reading this has a Tumblr, we would definitely appreciate some re-blogging (perhaps of the podcast) to help us reach that new fandom.

Additionally, here are some Shalka icons I made ages ago. Feel free to take and use if you want.

icons here )
ext_23799: (shalka!tardis)
[identity profile] aralias.livejournal.com
In this post you will find the first ever Radiosonic Podcast! It is hosted by me, [livejournal.com profile] aralias (Line Producer, and writer of episodes 2 and 3) and [livejournal.com profile] bessyboo (Production Manager and general organiser of things), and you can find it below.

In this podcast we talk about BIG FINISH who we are, what we're doing, why we're doing it, why Shalka is cool, why Alison is a good companion (though more on this later, I think), BIG FINISH, what the episodes are going to be, how we're going to do them, and how you can get involved if you want to (we want you to). Also, I may talk about Big Finish a bit*.

Anyway - here's the podcast.

Upload MP3s using free MP3 hosting from Tindeck.


* 'Spare Parts' is written by Marc Platt, who also wrote 'Relative Dimensions'. Both are very good.

Although this podcast will become a regular thing, the impetus behind this particular episode was [livejournal.com profile] pod_aware's seventh day challenge.

Podfic as a fan art is still relatively small, even if it's growing quickly. There are positive steps that can be taken to help podfic as a fan art grow. To learn how check out [livejournal.com profile] pod_aware on LJ or DW.
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[identity profile] bessyboo.livejournal.com
We are not currently auditioning any parts. More to follow, so keep checking back!

We’d like you to record these sections in the environment you would record the actual episodes, and with the equipment you would use. Please note that this is because one of the things we will be considering with your audition is audio quality. This includes, but isn’t limited to, mic quality, background noise, and compression rate. (So, if you have access, now’s the time to finagle usage of that fancy uni recording equipment!)

In case you are intimidated by this, PLEASE DON’T BE! ALMOST ANYONE WILLING TO ACT COULD VERY WELL BE ACCOMMODATED. Show us what you've got, and we'll work with you on sound quality and time. Those are factors to think about, but what we're looking for is a great performance. Don't let the fact that you don't currently have a foam-lined podfic bunker lying around keep you down/stop you auditioning! The techy bits you’ll be expected to deal with are pie-easy once you get the hang of them, we swear. We save the true descent into hell for the editors...


* Your contact info. (Minimum we need is an email address, but feel free to provide Skype, AIM, etc.)
* A little about your acting experience. Have you taken direction before? Your experience level is not a make or break factor in our casting decisions, but it’s helpful to know about.
* How much time can you commit to this project? We’ll try to give you an idea of what the role demands--some parts are simply one or two lines, other episodes will feature non-main actors about as heavily as they do the mains. This will be strung out over a while (up to a few weeks, maybe even more), but you would need to be able to find time for that, and possibly at odd hours, as your director may opt for ‘live’ i.e. simultaneous recordings. The schedule will be as amenable to you as possible, but if you don’t have much free time or flexibility, a large role may not be for you.
* Would you be willing to do future series?
* As mentioned above, if necessary, would you be willing to purchase a better mic? How much would you be willing to spend? (Keep in mind that a decent headset mic usually runs $15-25, and a VERY nice standing USB condenser mic runs around $100.)
* Can you do any ‘voices’ or ‘accents’ we should know about? This includes your fiercest Ssssssssea Devil, and so on. Some of the alien qualities of these voices are down to post-production, but the bulk is voice work. Watch Nick Briggs live--I hope he sometimes does this voice in public while ordering pancakes, just to terrify near-by children.
* What time-zone do you live in? (This cannot affect your chances, it’s just a planning question.)


Upload to something like Tindeck, Box.net, or Mediafire, and post in the comments OR email to radiosonicworkshop [at] gmail [dot] com. All comments are screened – due to the nature of LJ’s screening function we won’t reply to these comments, but actors will have our thanks and will be contacted as we need them. GIVEN THE PRODUCTION SCHEDULE, IT MAY BE SOME TIME BEFORE WE CONTACT YOU REGARDING OUR BURNING NEED FOR A SILURIAN OR SOME SUCH.
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