By Scott Murray
It's hard to believe that I made the decision to develop, write and produce a fiction podcast back in May, and in 2 weeks we'll wrap production on the first season. In my experience as a creative content producer, I've noticed that when you set out to work on a new project, two things are likely to happen:
1. You hit several roadblocks and challenges that hinder the project
2. One thing after another falls into place and keeps the project rolling
For me, if the first situation happens...it's a sign that I'm not on the right track. It might be necessary to blow it up, and start over. Fortunately, The Crimson Files has experienced the other scenario. From June until now:
1. I developed the story
2. Started writing scripts
3. Found an affordable recording studio
4. Held auditions and invited voice actors to audition
5. Cast all the roles
6. Got a show theme produced
7. Got artwork produced
8. Started production and post-production
9. Launched a website and promos
10. Set a premiere date
It's not to say there haven't been challenges, but overall everything has come together so well. It's even exceeded my expectations. My wife wasn't sure what to make of this idea at first. However, as scripts were written, she got to hear our talented actors bring characters to live and listened to produced/edited show content...she's 100 percent invested in this now.
I've also had the chance to have a couple of trusted colleagues listen to the first episode. One of these colleagues is an avid fiction podcast listener. They both had similar comments about the show:
1. The character of Wyatt is likable, and you care about him
2. The pacing is perfect
3. They are very interested to know what happens in Episode 2
Number 3 is especially significant because having people interested in COMING BACK after the first episode is key. This was another sign that this was the right project to pursue.
I finished writing the last two episodes of the first season this week. There was some added pressure in this because I knew it was important to have a fitting wrap-up and a meaningful finale. I have to say that I'm very pleased with how it ends and how it sets up another season.
August 24th is the target date to launch the show. I can't wait for you all to hear it.
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