Fantasy story worlds, & audiobook hybrids

“Fantasy is really what got me in to doing audio drama in the first place. I discovered it because of the BBC dramatisations of the Lord of the Rings, and The Hobbit.

That’s when I fell in love with the medium. I thought ‘what is so wonderful about this, is you can create this whole world, and you can see things, without actually having to film them, or create them.

As an audience you can just experience them in your own mind’s eye, and I’m sure a lot of people will point out that that’s the same thing a book does… but a book doesn’t allow you to close your eyes. And I think when you close your eyes, your imagination just becomes that much more powerful.

So I think fantasy is a natural way to go when you’re doing audio drama.” Domien De Groot

SORRY ABOUT THE WIND. We were in Edinburgh. It was windy.

Fear not though, as we’ve got the Tolkien of audio drama, the man behind The Witch Hunter Chronicles and The Will of the Woods, Mr Domien De Groot on the show this week. Domien talks about how he’s expanding the Witch Hunter Chronicles universe by releasing an audiobook version of the story, which has a full cast, music, and soundscapes.

He also gives his thoughts on why audio drama is such a fantastic medium to create stories in the fantasy genre, and explains the process behind working with a music composer.

From Belgium to Australia as we take a look at an email from listener Paul who offers up some resources that you might be interested in – Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story, 20 Master Plots: And How to Build Them, and The Voice Acting Mastery Podcast.

Paul also talks about how audio drama can be hugely important for blind and visually impaired people.

Elsewhere, our Patreon campaign is now up and running. Do you like listening to the show every week? If so, could you pledge £1 or $1 per episode? That would go a long way to helping keep us going through 2015. You can also help support us by buying audio drama books through our affiliate programme.

We mentioned that we were in Edinburgh doing some VoiceMap related stuff. This is a really exciting venture coming out of South Africa, if you like what they are doing you can get involved too.

And, as always, you can get us on Twitter, in our Facebook Group, and by email at podcast@audiodramaproduction.com

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