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Ladies and gentlemen, we have officially broken the back of this Kickstarter. After passing the £5,000 ($7,000) mark, we need less than £3,000 ($4,250) to hit our target. It's taken two weeks to get here and that is a fine achievement. Very good work everybody!
You know what this means. We're less than £1,000 ($1,400) from unlocking our next Piffling Lives. But who's it going to be? All will be revealed when we hit £5,500 ($7,800).
Last week, we asked our backers to invent an embalming fluid for Antigone to use in Season 2. They took this challenge to heart! We had dozens of entries and a lot of fun sifting through them.
But there can only be one winner.
In third place, it's Marc Hershon with Informaldehyde. Nice one, Marc; just right for funerals that aren't too dressy.
In second place, it's Mary with Charnel No. 5. Very, very dark. Yet timeless!
But our run-away winner (come back!) was an early entry setting the bar extremely high. When this came in, we knew it would be a struggle to beat.
It's Eugenia Low with the Seville classic: Formarmalade!
Congratulations Eugenia! Expect to see your embalming fluid pop up in the show.
Thank you everyone who took part! (Hey, like pun competitions? Scroll on...)
Over the last two weeks, David K. Barnes (head writer) and Felix Trench (Rudyard) have been e-mailing back and forth with US based Ed Champion in a wide-ranging interview about bothWooden Overcoats and the state of podcast drama in general. It came out yesterday in time for Twitter's #AudioDramaSunday
Here's a couple of extracts:
CHAMPION: What accounts for some of the unusual mathematical factors (a mouse tells the story — a very small being; two competing funeral parlors)? Do you feel that scope inevitability arises from creative limitations?
BARNES: It’s usually a function of storytelling. There are two competing funeral parlours because three would dilute the impact of the narratives and characters. The island has one of everything because then you can keep going back to those locations and develop recurring characters. The narrator being a mouse arose from the fact that when writing the first episode I wanted to tie the narrator into the action, and felt that the episode needed to end on a twist that would intrigue the audience enough to listen to Episode 2. I’d early on established that Rudyard’s only friend was a mouse and then thought, well, why not make the mouse narrate the show? A mouse can observe everything without being observed itself! And she’s writing a memoir for commercial gain, which explains why she’s (a) telling us all this, and (b) telling us only the “good bits”. Almost everything that happens in WO is a result of a carefully decided plan on how best to tell the story in an involving and entertaining way.
CHAMPION: Since we’re on the subject of ambition, I am curious if the large cast was always part of the plan. Was your approach simply to create a fun story and figure out how to attract high caliber talent (along with figuring out their schedules) in the act of production?
TRENCH: We always knew we could get highly talented writers and actors because London is brimming with them. There’s a real problem here, like in other big creative cities, of the opportunities being scarcer than the workforce. We owe a lot to Max Tyler, Sarah Burton, Peter Wicks, Pip Gladwin, and Holly Campbell who play many of our islanders and smaller roles throughout the series, or help out at live shows when the series actors can’t make it, and are all brilliant.
Bringing in producers Andy [Goddard] and John [Wakefield] gave the project bigger scope than we had originally thought about. They introduced the ideas of full scoring and live instruments, episode guests on top of the regular company, and approaching a few household names.
Read the full interview on edrants.com
COMPETITION: PARLOUR GAMES
New week, new challenge!
Piffling Vale has two funeral parlours: Funn Funerals and Chapman's.
If you ran a funeral parlour, what would you call it?
Leave us your best parlour names in the comments on our Kickstarter page. We've had a chat with our resident artist, Madeleine, who has agreed (after lengthy negotiation) to draw how she sees the frontage of the winning funeral parlour!
Winners announced Monday.