(MM11) Production Notes

Here’s the link for Rationality: From AI to Zombies, the podcast

Listeners of SF podcasts may recognize Bill Parker, who is voiced by Scott Andrews of Beneath Ceaseless Skies! :) Scott is a great guy, and I recommend Beneath Ceaseless Skies if you’re into Fantasy short fiction, or podcasts of the same.

As for this episode – oh man, sooooooo many hours to put together! It’s been a long time since I spent this many hours on an episode, but I really enjoyed it, and I think it turned out very well. Maybe I’ve been doing this too long, but most episodes feel almost routine these days. Having a big show-piece episode like this was really fun, even if I don’t have the time/energy to do one like it every episode. I knew I wanted something really flashy for the World Record Duststorm (real event, check out Alexander Wales’s notes at the bottom of the text version), and this did that for me. :)

I was hemming and hawing about the music right up to the final days, and I’m glad I delayed as long as I did. I don’t think any of my earlier ideas would have worked out quite as well as what I ended up using, which I only discovered fairly recently.

SFX: whooshes, waves, seagull, crash 1, ship horn, metal creaking 1thud, metal creaking 2, car crashes, storm coming, storm here!superman scream

Music:
Intro/Outro – Handlebars, by Flobots
Luthor Manor – Boccherini’s MinuettoMozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik,
Smallville – Over You, by Last Call Romance
Dust Storm – Schism, by Metamorphestra (see their Kickstarter!)

(MM10) Production Notes

Obviously the first thing to mention is that I’m super happy Last Call Romance graciously granted me the use of their song “Over You” to use as the Smallville Theme. I saw them playing in the new year on New Year’s Eve at a local venue, and they were fantastic! I continue to encourage people to go see local bands in their area. Particularly if someone you know knows someone in the band, the personal connection makes it that extra bit more enjoyable. :) If you’re in the Colorado area, Last Call Romance has a webpage and a Facebook page listing upcoming shows.

In personal news, I have a short story published in the March/April issue of Analog Magazine! I wrote about it a bit here. If you’re up for Space Zombies, with Theology, and wonky narrative structures, it might be of interest to you!

Music:
Intro/Outro – Handlebars, by Flobots
Luthor Manor – Boccherini’s MinuettoMozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Mayor’s Veranda – Forest Night, by Tabletop Audio
Smallville – Over You, by Last Call Romance

(MM9) Production Notes

You may notice that there’s a few lines missing from this episode. And I don’t just mean the usual dropping of “he said”s that aren’t needed. There’s actual legit lines I removed from the final version of this episode, because I couldn’t get them to work right. /sigh. It’s episodes like this one that really remind me of the difference between me and the professionals.

I usually get all the lines for a single character all at once, remotely. The actors never get to meet each other, or hear each other’s lines or how they’re delivered. It’s up to me to give lots of feedback, to make them match. In this episode I failed to do so, and so several times the dialog between Jimmy and Eleanor didn’t quite work. The words were as written on the paper, but the tone of a response didn’t match the tone of the delivery, and I had to cut either one or the other. I considered leaving them in, but the difference was really very jarring. Honestly, I think it would have done more violence to the original work to leave in those lines than to cut them, and it would not have been fair to Alexander Wales to make it sound like he’d messed up the dialog when it was entirely my failure as a director. I hope that the episode is still OK, even as imperfect as it is. I will strive to do better going forward!

SFX: 1940’s Office, doorbell

Music:
Intro/Outro – Handlebars, by Flobots
Luthor Manor – Wagner’s Rienzi Overture
Crime Scene – Nightmare, by Tabletop Audio
Bar – Creep, by Postmodern Jukebox

(MM7) Production Notes

One of my favorite aspects of Rational FanFiction is that it often takes the original universe and tries to make it makes sense without altering it much. To not just point out how weird it is that Superman has a day job, but to explore what would have to be true about the alien’s psychology. And giving a decent hand-waving of the Clark Kent Effect as well!

I’m also a huge fan of dramatic irony, so Lois’s shrugging about hurting Clark’s feelings was so delicious.

Finally, some of you may recognize the voice of Rein, fearless leader of the Worm Audiobook, as the Mayor. :)

 

SFX: 1940’s OfficeForest: Night, children playing

Music:
Intro/Outro – Handlebars, by Flobots
Luthor Manor – Boccherini’s Minuetto, Wagner’s Rienzi Overture

(MM6) Production Notes

Not much to say today. You’ve probably recognized a few voices from the HPMoR podcast, but one voice you probably don’t recognize is Alexander Jackson, because he sounds pretty normal as Officer Kennedy. You’d never realize that’s what Voldemort sounds like, when he’s not being eeeeevil!!! :) Check out the credits at some point to see the names of all our fine voice actors!

SFX: 1940’s Office, commotion

Music:
Intro/Outro – Handlebars, by Flobots
Superman Spotting – Maybe, by The Ink Spots
Calhoun’s Club – Lone Digger, by Caravan Palace
Luthor Manor – Boccherini’s MinuettoMozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik