By Scott Murray
When I start to write a script, I make a mental note of the first word. It's a weird tradition, but it allows me to indulge in the progress that is made over time.
What was just one word on a page a few weeks ago (the word, "NARRATOR") is now:
It's pretty remarkable to think it all started with one word.
The teaser also allows me to feel good about what was accomplished in this story. I didn't want Season Two to feel like Season One with nothing but a new villain. I wanted to create something that would challenge the stability of a group of heroes who are used to winning. It was a challenge, and certain story elements evolved over time. Yet, if there's one thing you get from this teaser...it's that things are in some chaos.
It's also allowed me to finally let people hear something from the new season. That felt good since I'm not able to openly discuss the villain like I did with Drench in Season One.
Next week, I'll release a preview clip from the first episode.
Then on September 9th, the new season begins.
And it all started with one word on a computer screen.
By Scott Murray
I am one of those guys who can find ways to infuse pop culture references into a lot of conversations. Someone will say something, and it can trigger a line or scene from a movie in my head. At that moment, I immediately have to share it. People who know me well are used to this behavior, and people who listened to Season One heard a variety of pop culture references as well.
As I write this, the first episode of Season Two is about 95% complete. Just in that first episode, there are nods to Monty Python, Iron Man and Star Wars. Those who remember the end of Season One might recall Doc telling Rebecca that he thinks she needs "a Jarvis." If you watch the Marvel movies, you can probably guess the Iron Man reference. Think about that, and then consider how it might work if Doc decided to test it during an actual Crimson Crane mission.
I love Monty Python, and I found ways to throw in some nods to the movies and the Flying Circus television series. If you are well versed in both, you'll easily pick up on the references.
If you love Star Wars as much as me, you will also get some nods to the trilogies.
Along the way, you might also catch some random pop culture references to:
Captain America Civil War
The IT Crowd
and this song:
I hope you enjoy catching the references as you listen to the second season of The Crimson Files.
By Scott Murray
The logo for the second season of The Crimson Files Fiction Podcast really stands for everything we want this season to be. When you develop a new season for anything, you want it to be unique and stand on its own.
This logo does just that.
The artists are Jared J. Lee (who plays Reggie) and Alex Ray (who produced our Season 1 logo). If you're a fan of the first season, I have to think it's fun to wonder what you see in the frame.
It's been challenging not telling everyone what happens this season (or better yet - HOW it happens), but the logo explains why it's necessary. You see a mysterious figure crushing The Crane's symbol. That's a perfect representation of what she and her team face in this new story.
When I wrote the first season, I wanted to avoid taking the typical route in a superhero story. It was equally important to not simply drop a new villain into the second season and call it a day. The concept for this season evolved over time, and I'm very pleased with the final result.
I also love the way it looks in this logo.
By Scott Murray
Just as many people played Batman or Wonder Woman, we now have someone new playing The Crimson Crane. With any podcast production, life/work situations outside of podcasting can cause things to change. Stephanie Nadolny gave our superhero's voice the perfect blend of strong and benevolent in the first season. Her experience playing roles like young Goku in Dragon Ball Z made her an ideal fit for The Crane as we introduced her to audiences. She planned to return to the role in Season 2, but it just wasn't logistically possible.
However, I couldn't be more pleased with the actress that will give The Crimson Crane her voice in Season 2. I've known Brandi Andrade for over 15 years. She is a dedicated professional with years of experience in various forms of performance. She's also a joy to work with, and she's excited to be the new voice of Fort Henson's Superhero.
She knows that she has some pretty big rocket boots to fill following Stephanie's take on the character, but she's up for the challenge. One of the many things I love about Brandi playing The Crane is that she will bring that familiar gravitas to the voice while being able to put her own stamp on it. Her preparation for the role includes knowing everything that happened in Season 1, and listening closely to the great work Stephanie put into the character in our first season.
So while change isn't always easy, there can definitely be a lot of good to come out of it. I'm thrilled to have Brandi join the cast, and I can't wait for you to hear her voice Rebecca/The Crane.
I love what Adam West, Michael Keaton and Christian Bale brought to Batman. I am also a big fan of what Lynda Carter and Gal Gadot brought to Wonder Woman.
If you enjoyed The Crimson Crane in our first season, I know you'll love what Brandi brings to her voice in the second season.
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