Movies in My Head: Audiodrama & Film
Saturday, March 14
12:30PM - 1:30PM
Austin Convention Center
Austin Convention Center
So-called 'radio drama' has transformed in the digital age, bolstered by easy access to audiences through podcasting and the wide distribution of low-cost, high-quality field recorders. Popular serial podcasts have achieved stunning download figures, and some - like Welcome to Nightvale - have entered into other media.
The opportunity for audio drama podcasting to be an 'incubator' for film and television properties, and to extend existing brands into a new life through this form of imaginative - but low cost - medium is the heart of this panel. Filmmakers who are ready to experiment with audio drama will learn about the challenges associated with making a movie without a camera, common production techniques and approaches to recording, and potential reach through distribution including 'freemium' podcasting models and commercialization through distribution with firms like Audible and Downpour.com.
Frederick Greenhalgh has been writing stories since childhood and working in radio drama since 2006. Trained as an indie filmmaker, he has brought a filmic approach to his radio stories that includ...Show the rest
Frederick Greenhalgh has been writing stories since childhood and working in radio drama since 2006. Trained as an indie filmmaker, he has brought a filmic approach to his radio stories that includes location production and cinematic sound design. His passion is in telling genre stories with a slant and re-envisioning how the audio format can entertain and illuminate in the twenty-first century. His award-winning shows have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, BBC Radio 4, NPR and numerous regional publications. His series, "The Cleansed," was recently short-listed in Radio Romania's Grand Prix Nova international radio drama award, representing the only finalist from the United States. He is currently working with several major audiobook publishers to develop off-television properties as audio adaptations.Hide the rest
Aural Stage Studios
Matthew J Boudreau is a writer, web developer and sound designer for Aural Stage Studios in Buffalo, NY. He possesses a bachelors degree in English Writing Arts and Technical Theatre with a focus i...Show the rest
Matthew J Boudreau is a writer, web developer and sound designer for Aural Stage Studios in Buffalo, NY. He possesses a bachelors degree in English Writing Arts and Technical Theatre with a focus in storytelling and sound design. Matt is a director of the Buffalo Academy of Visual And Performing Arts Foundation, a submission editor for ink&coda, an online journal that publishes works of fiction, nonfiction and instrumental music across numerous different genres. and a contributing submissions editor for Radio Drama Revival, a weekly podcast showcasing the diversity and vitality of modern audio drama. He has worked professionally as a voice actor, sound designer and consultant. He has designed for a horror film, The Big Bad, now available on Netflix, and several short films, including two silent short films, Spiraling and 25¢ for Love. Matthew believes that good storytelling transcends genres and is a blend of good writing, skillful acting and a really solid production crew. Matthew is currently working on several projects including Otherworldlies, a dark comedy involving an Angel of Death with mommy issues, a couple of film projects and a much larger audio project which consumes most of his time at the moment. He currently also writes a blog on producing audio drama, entitled Aural Fixation, which covers the producing and technical aspects of audio drama.Hide the rest
Sound Stages Radio Network
Sibby Wieland is an audio producer and one of the new owners of the Sound Stages Radio Network. Sound Stages' carriage includes many top names in modern audiodrama - from the Atlanta Radio Theatre ...Show the rest
Sibby Wieland is an audio producer and one of the new owners of the Sound Stages Radio Network. Sound Stages' carriage includes many top names in modern audiodrama - from the Atlanta Radio Theatre and Crazy Dog, to zombie hit "We're Alive".
She recently produced “Over Here, Over There,” a feature-length audiodrama based on oral histories and letters, and an original adaptation of “War of the Worlds”, both noted by the Houston Arts Alliance as a “Artshound pick”. She founded and co-chaired a veterans film festival in Houston, featuring a visit by TV host and best-selling author Wes Moore.
She first popularized the hashtag #audiodrama on Twitter; she distributed (Austin-based) Deus Ex Machina's audiodrama "Tesla vs. the United States". She has since produced three audiodramas for stage and recordings, and guest-hosted several episodes of “Radio Drama Revival”, a popular podcast which has been downloaded almost 2 million times.Hide the rest
Sound Stages Radio Network
Sonia James is an experienced writer and producer. Her broadcast tenure included on-air hosting and announcing, sound design, continuity direction, master control operations, and program management...Show the rest
Sonia James is an experienced writer and producer. Her broadcast tenure included on-air hosting and announcing, sound design, continuity direction, master control operations, and program management. She's worked in both the field and studio, from local talk shows to sporting events and themed specials. James has taught broadcast writing, production and editing skills to college students, and helped establish two television stations and one radio station.
As one of the principals in Curious Echo Radio Theater, she produced and performed in audiodrama developed for the stage and digital market, and built audience shares as Curious Echo’s business manager. She joined Sound Stages Radio as a remote Business Manager, focusing on listener development and the audiobook market. As the former executive director of the National Audio Theatre Festivals, she coordinated panels, performers and received grants for a national, weeklong workshop, culminating in a live stage performance & broadcast.Hide the rest