Thursday, February 2, 2017

MY HAND! MY HAND! (due Mon. Feb 6)

A) Adapt a scene from a movie, television show, comic book, or video game into a FIVE page podcast script. (If you want to use correct audio script format, feel free (and see #3 below), but for #2 proper format is NOT required.

Pick a scene that presents some narrative challenges (after the visual information is eliminated), and/or offers a variety of acoustic opportunities (i.e. don't just pick a scene in which two characters are talking in a empty room). In a fictional podcast, narration is often considered a crutch (though it's much more acceptable here than in film); unless it's something that already contains lots of narration/voice over, shoot for as little narration as possible.

Feel free to massage/revise the dialogue to include/articulate information that is removed with the visuals. For instance, in the light saber fight at the end of NPR's audio version of The Empire Strikes Back, Luke additionally yells, "My hand! My hand!" and Vader responds, "Yes, your sword hand, you can't fight without it!"

Choose something you're semi-obsessed with, as you're next assignment will be to write a fan fic podcast script from your source material.

NOTE: Sometimes something that is indelibly visual, Jaws, for instance, or, as I suggested in class, Empire Strikes Back, will surprise you with it's audial vitality. Jaws is all about sounds. The famous Duh Nuh that signals the shark’s arrival is easily as effective, maybe even more so, than the mechanical maw itself. Williams’ two note signature is, of course, hugely important, but so is the light lapping of water against a clanging buoy.

In the opening scene, ALL the noises—musical and atmospheric—create a sense of isolation well before the low pulse of strings creep in. And even prior to Chrissie Watkins' fateful flailing, she’s sitting around a bonfire with friends, enveloped by the sound of aimless conversation, acoustic guitar, and crackling firewood. Jaws was made to be a radio drama. Empire, too. Empire is highly visual of course, but think of the all the distinct sounds: from the Imperial March and Vader's labored breathing to R2D2's chirping and Chewie's incredible range of grunts and growls, which, at various times, were one of three different bears, a badger, a lion, a seal, and a walrus from Long Beach (or some combination of all five).

Post script below as a google.doc (or e-mail it to me at raconteurbooks@gmail.com)

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  1. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gjkfBNRl9tGVDEMHchT4dqFrq5DCtn81jstHIcWS_VI/edit

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  10. (Amy Schwartz) https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NUqww5QwxnkIPuv8czvzFRY5P3XkIeJXRiCQfNnideA/edit

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  13. DAD: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1eSthgLBdnmefHH85ZmUqpnzcyd5cNwIAcknNQNmj_LU/edit?usp=sharing

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