Hello, Creatives! One of my side projects alongside running 99% Perspiration is a weekly radio programme called ArtyParti. We invite guests to chat about artistic & cultural events in the North East of the UK.
Here’s the latest;
Texas-based audio drama writer & producer Pete Lutz is a self-proclaimed king of “making radio drama on no budget whatsoever”. (Tongue firmly in cheek as he adjusts his crown.)
Considering producing audio drama involves finding a troop of acting talent, recording (ideally together) with quality microphones, sourcing/creating fitting music and sound effects, and hours upon hours of writing, editing and promotion… That’s a pretty noble claim to make.
Pete learned a great deal of his craft from listening to the masters: the creators of Old-Time Radio programs aired decades before he was born. Even his stories come from that era, for the most part, or are inspired by them.
“Back before any of you lot wuz born, eh? Well, ‘ere wuz summat called radio, eh?”
[Cue dramatic fanfare music…] Ladies and gentlemen, he’s the man with a face for radio, and more radio than you can face… Mr. Pete Lutz!
Since launching in 2012, Aman, Jerome & the team have delivered projects for local to national brands, including names such as The National Trust, Creative England, and the British Film Institute.
Today, the basics – a very building-blocks approach to video production;
from the ground up, with or without a budget.
What is video production?
Video is a great way to capture audience attention and convey the message in a short period of time, but have you ever wondered the different stages and the work that goes behind the scene before you see the polished product?
Here are the 3 main steps you need to consider if you are looking to create video content:
I did a talk on this subject at this year’s Student Radio Conference in Cardiff.
Yes, some of it is blindingly obvious, but I thought it needed saying because I see people come in for radio placements/internships/shadowing at Radio 2 a lot. And so often, people get the little things wrong.
Don’t be useless at making phone calls
If you’re asked to pick up the phone and book a guest, take a deep breath and go for it. You need to be charming and persuasive. It can be slightly daunting making this first phone call in an open-plan office but if you come across badly and the guest says “no” that’s not great.
Happy International Women’s Day, Creatives! Join us in celebrating this important campaign, which attempts year on year to help bring society ever closer to parity.
I spoke to female creatives across various industries to find out what International Women’s Day means to them, and what advice they have in store for emerging female creatives.
“In this day and age you’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t consume some sort of media every day. That’s why I think we as an industry have to be incredibly hot on issues such as gender parity.
“Not only do we have to work on equality for those who work for us (for instance, only 36% of people in your typical newsroom are female), but we also need to improve how women are portrayed in our documentaries and dramas.
“No one should be confined to playing the swooning doctor’s assistant or the
damsel in distress. Of course, many of us will be able to think of women whose contributions to TV and film are far from tokenism, but there’s still a long way to go.”
Back in Episode 3 of 99% Perspiration, soon-to-be radio graduate Ben Tompkins shared that he was making a documentary for his dissertation project. It’s a one-off piece where Ben interviews several people who work in radio careers.
“Ben Tompkins travels around the North East of England searching for advice on how to get a job in the radio world.”
Included in Ben’s awesome documentary…
Until next time…
Stay productive, stay awesome!