Recording Season 3
It's been a cold kick-off to December in London and all the warmer for it in the studio. Recording got underway at Wooden Overcoats HQ on Thursday and we are over the moon to be back making the show.
With another eight episodes to record, plus the summer special for our Kickstarter backers, the days are long and the breaks are short. We couldn't be happier.
Since September, David K. Barnes and the rest of the writers have been frenetically working to get the episodes plotted, written, rewritten, rewritten again, read aloud, rewritten again again, delivered to the cast and crew, rewritten again again again, redelivered, faxed to the studio, and encouraged into microphones through the medium of actors.
(That's a bit of a fib, the work actually started a few months earlier than September and we had to do some serious finger crossing that we would be able to afford the series. Thankfully, our listeners came through when we ran our Season 3 Kickstarter. Cos you're all brilliant.)
Each half of the day begins with a readthrough of the episode we'll be working on. After that, we try as far as we can to record scenes in order so that the actors are given a realistic sense of their character's arc through time. Sometimes scheduling or other considerations get in the way (it's much quicker to record two scenes in the same space on the trot than prepare a different space for instance) and we mix and match accordingly. Sometimes we need to squeeze in a few scenes from a whole other episode!
This year, we've upped our technical quotient in a bid to save a) trees and b) our printing budget. Eight episodes across a few dozen actors and crew is a lot of paper. Production Manager Elizabeth Campbell made the sound investment of a number of tablets and after some experimental dropping that didn't result in any screens breaking (yet) we have given them a rousing thumbs up.
We're on a break over the weekend now, getting some sleep and preparing for the remaining episodes. Back in on Monday! In the meantime, here's the recording booth listening to Pip Gladwin (Bill) saying: "Shoot!"
Photography by Odinn Orn Hilmarsson.