So You Wish to Make a Fiction (or Any) Podcast: A How-To Sequence by Multitude

Multitude is a podcast collective and manufacturing studio. This piece is a part of a collection by them about creating fiction podcasts, from ideation and scriptwriting to advertising and marketing and promotion, and every little thing in between. After you learn this intro, you’ll want to take a look at Half 1.

“Reality is stranger than fiction, however it’s as a result of Fiction is obliged to stay to prospects; Reality isn’t.” – Mark Twain

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Hey! When you’re studying an introduction to an enormous useful resource about making fiction podcasts, you’re most likely a giant nerd like us and also you’re in the precise place.

This can be a useful resource for steering on creating fiction podcasts[^1]. It would cowl the whole course of, from ideation and scriptwriting to advertising and marketing and promotion, and every little thing in between. There’s a lot in right here that can be helpful for non-fiction podcasts, so in case you’re right here for that, thanks for coming too.

We’re the primary ones to say we aren’t specialists. Actually, how will you be an skilled of podcasting but? When you examine this medium to films, we’re nearly that half in Singing within the Rain the place we have to reckon with Jean Hagan having a horrible voice for the talkies.

What we do have is our latest crucible of creation. The group at Multitude has written, directed, recorded, edited, sound designed, and launched NEXT STOP, an audio sitcom. We expect it’s a very good pay attention and we paid consideration to what we had been doing as we did it.

We began this course of greater than a 12 months in the past, and the world into which we’re releasing our present and useful resource may be very totally different than the one by which we created them. Among the suggestions we make mirror the more-normal world we had been dwelling in throughout pre-production and manufacturing, notably round in-person casting and manufacturing. Proceed to make use of your discretion on what’s greatest for the well being of your forged and crew.

At Multitude, we’re dedicated to creating free assets to share with the audio neighborhood. As a result of the medium is forming and stretching in superb methods, we need to assist that development alongside the best way. Via trial and error, we need to share our experiences to hopefully make yours somewhat bit simpler on the best way up. As we at all times say, in our writing and within the password to our wifi, a rising tide lifts all boats. And the tide is coming quick and livid, to our ears’ delight.

We will likely be sharing almost every little thing from our many Google Docs surrounding NEXT STOP, together with our budgets. We had been capable of have a $75k funds due to Patreon Captial, who offered a money advance on NEXT STOP’s and different Multitude exhibits’ Patreon pages.

That $75k quantity is vital for each teams of people that could possibly be studying this.

For the independents on the market: we hope that this can be a information to shoot for. In case you are doing this by your self or utilizing crowdfunding, don’t really feel that your present is invalid if you don’t spend that a lot. Ultimately, we hope you do make that quantity and you’ll be able to pay your self some chunk of change, as a result of artists should be paid. You possibly can see how we lower your expenses in locations, consolidate jobs, and worth our time. Your artwork is a enterprise, so we hope this helps you deal with it as such.

To the businesses diving into fiction podcasting: the $75k funds needs to be your absolute basement ground. Though we did get the money advance from Patreon, that is nonetheless finally our personal cash earned by our personal small enterprise. If we had outdoors funding and didn’t have to chop corners or consolidate jobs, that quantity would simply have reached $125k or extra ((some collection have reached as much as a half-million!). You probably have the chance to grow to be the corporate that pays artists what they’re price and respects their work, you may grow to be a beacon of hope in an more and more muddled media panorama.

We additionally know that typically corporations spend some huge cash on pointless stuff. This information may help you with that. For instance: rent a sound designer and allow them to simply be chargeable for the sound design as a substitute of additionally turning into a de facto producer; don’t purchase Fb adverts.

We hope this helps you as a lot as attainable. You probably have follow-up questions or concepts on how this information could possibly be expanded, please tell us.

Go create your world, and we’re completely satisfied we helped.


[^1]: Fiction is a large class. It may embrace improvised fiction, roleplaying sport podcasts, or scripted fiction carried out by actors. We’re referring to the final class. On this paper, we’ll be referring to scripted fiction as “fiction.”

See how these classes had been put into apply in NEXT STOP, an audio sitcom from Multitude.

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