“It’s funny, how often post-production becomes post-post-post-production. But I want things to be as close to perfect as possible.”
We’re big fans of audio drama and fiction podcasts here at The Podcast Host. As listeners we’re always looking for new shows to subscribe to, and as podcasters we’re always looking to help fellow creators grow their audience.
Each week we’ll pick the brains of someone who runs an audio drama or fiction podcast. We’re going to ask them what their show is about, how they go about making it, and what other fiction podcasts they’re currently enjoying.
This week we’re talking to Pete Lutz, creator of the audio drama anthology series Pulp-Pourri Theatre.
Give us a written trailer for your show. Why should we listen?
Pulp-Pourri Theatre embraces the thrilling world of pulp fiction from the last century. We present audio dramas with a few modern touches, such as full sound design. We bring you the most exciting stories from the finest pulp writers. We also throw in an occasional new story from a guest playwright.
Why did you decide to start the podcast?
My life’s dream has been to create “radio” plays and be an actor in them. I’m late to the podcast table, but I’ve been working hard to catch up.
How did you come up with the idea?
By accident. I was looking at copies of pulp magazine covers and followed that to a link to scans of pulp magazines. I started reading them and immediately began to mentally dramatize them for audio. My wife came up with the name “Pulp-Pourri Theatre”. I feel this hints at the wide variety of pulp genres available.
Can you give an insight into your process for writing, recording and producing the show?
First, I choose a story. Then I read it several times. Then I scribble possible production notes in the margins. Action becomes dialogue, for example. Narration becomes action. I choose which sections to shorten, or where I can move a scene to earlier or later in the story. The actual writing, once this part is done, might come right away or might come weeks later.
Recording is always fun. I choose the cast and bring them in, usually one at a time due to personal schedules and such. But I know how I want all the characters to sound, so I read with the actor in the voice of the other characters.
Once the last voice is “in the can”, I start production. Voices get cobbled together first, and then I add music and sound effects. Then I listen to it in full half-a-dozen times to make sure I haven’t overlooked anything. It’s funny, how often post-production becomes post-post-post-production. But I want things to be as close to perfect as possible. Once it’s done and ready, I launch it. I don’t like to put a bunch of them together and then sit on them.
Could you tell us 3 other audio drama or fiction podcasts that you like?
What advice do you have for someone who wants to create a podcast like yours?
Do it. The possibilities are endless. There are thousands of pulp-fiction stories available, and little chance of story cross-over.
Finally, where can we find you on the web?
Find the show on iTunes under Pulp-Pourri Theatre, and http://naradaradio.libsyn.com. I have a Facebook fan page, the Pulp-Pourri Theatre/Narada Radio Company Auxiliary. You can also find me on Twitter as @PulpPourriThtr
To find more great shows like this, check out our other Fiction Podcast of the Week features.