Using perspective to tell your story

Remember the who, the what, the where, the when, and the why. 

“The microphone, in addition to being the ears of the listener, is where all the action takes place. In stage theater it would be the spotlight; in films and television it would be the camera; but in audio theater it’s the all-hearing, all-seeing microphone. All seeing microphone? Of course, in the audio theater it’s what the audience hears that influences what the audience’s imagination sees. (The Audio Theater Guide, Robert L. Mott, p.85)

Telling your story through sound means you have some choices to make during the writing stages. Which character or characters will the listener follow and remain with throughout? Which ‘shots’ will you use in each scene, and why? Steve Schneider returns to pose these questions, and play some clips to help demonstrate his points. These include The Rats in the Walls, Julie Hoverson’s adaptation of the HP Lovecraft story for 19 Nocturne Boulevard. The Truth are featured, in the form of The Mutiny, and Bathysephere, by Chatterbox Audio Theater. On top of that, you can find some more clips which demonstrate this point in our episode about scene and location transitions.

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