By Scott Murray
I remember how nervous I was when Season One of The Crimson Files launched last year. Sure, I've been producing podcasts since 2011, and some of those included shows with story elements. However, I had never taken on anything of this magnitude. It took almost all summer to do the casting, scriptwriting, recording and editing. This includes the countless days and hours piecing together dialogue with music and sound effects. With all of that work, the scariest feeling is wondering if people will find the show, listen to it and like it.
Fast forward a year later, and Season One has another month of new downloads as Season Two gets ready to launch. I'm still immersed in a lengthy post-production process (as I write this, I'm editing Episode 3 of 6), but the countdown to the new season is still exciting.
There were some advantages and challenges to writing and producing a new season. One major advantage was familiarity. One of my strengths is writing for voice. When I wrote the first season, I had a general "idea" of how the characters would sound. Now, I know how they sound. Also, I didn't have to spend as much of the story introducing the characters to the audience.
The biggest challenge was making sure I gave people a good reason to come back and stay. I wanted to create a new villain and a new challenge that felt very different or very "next level" from the first season. I knew I needed to make sure the story gave all of the characters a chance to have meaningful moments like they did in the first season. After all, I have to assume people have some favorites outside of the main characters - people like Grandma Jeanie, Doc, Jenna, Donovan, Slick Saucy and Mr. Bill. I feel strongly that this season has achieved all of these important elements.
I envision Season Two taking place a few months after the end of Season One. In that time, The Crimson Crane is an established hero, and The Crimson Files is more popular than ever. As a result, people's lives have changed.
This includes Mr. Bill. Just to intrigue you, I can tell you he has a scene this season involving the Hillbilly Hellcats song, "Hillbillies on Speed."
As with last season, there was a really good ebb-and-flow with how this story came together. Once again, after the writing, casting, recording and editing, it's time for people to return to Fort Henson with us.
After the trip, I would love to hear what you think. But first, I want to thank you for being part of the journey.
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.
In this second audio preview from the upcoming season, you're introduced to the show's first villain - DRENCH. The clip features the first showdown between The Crimson Crane (Stephanie Nadolny) and Drench (Gary Payne). The first season of The Crimson Files comes out on August 24th.
By Scott Murray
As I worked on the central storyline for The Crimson Files, I didn't want to throw together a stereotypical superhero origin story and plot. I felt that would come off unoriginal and kind of gutsy. So, I started to think about a central character that could be connected to the hero and tell their story.
I thought about how reporters have been a prominent part of comic book/superhero history. Obviously, in the earlier days, that meant newspaper. I actually thought about going "old school" and creating a reporter that sought out the truth about the hero while most of the newsroom spun their stories into negatives about her. However, I didn't know if it would really come off "classic style" or if it would just sound like I wasn't aware that there are other forms of media in 2018.
So, if it wasn't newspaper, the next obvious choice was internet. However, I still didn't feel like a reporter for an internet news site was interesting enough. So, I turned to the YouTuber and internet celebrity side of things. I felt that really showcased today's media - how anyone can generate engaging or viral content and become famous.
In the first audio trailer for the show, you hear Wyatt and his friend Reggie attempting to create a scary ghost hunting video. We find out that the internet had a field day making fun of it. Then, we learn that it's an accidental video recording that ends up changing his luck for the better.
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