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anna_unfolding ([personal profile] anna_unfolding) wrote in [community profile] podficmeta2013-09-18 12:20 am

Meta on how I turn the author's words into a performance

Hi, all! I created a bit of meta about what my thought process is as an artist when I am turning the author's words and character headspace into a performance. It involves me reading a section of a fic I'm currently podficcing a few different ways. The fic is In the Stretch, by sophiahelix, who gave me permission to post this meta.

This is a 500 word section of a baseball rpf fic, pairing Tim Lincecum/Buster Posey. The rating for this scene would be R for sexual content. No AO3 archive warnings apply. Buster is distracted at batting practice by the memory of what happened with Timmy the night before.

It's all one file, but has a few sections, so I'll give the timestamps here, which will have the dual purpose of also being a sort of an outline for you to know what is in the meta.

DL link (with an option to stream) here.


0:00 I introduce my project and what the goals are.
1:36 Take 1. An edited reading of the scene without "performing." Just the author's words, read aloud.
4:08 I discuss what you just heard and introduce what Take 2 will be.
5:22 Take 2, a raw cut of me doing the same scene but as a performance. Includes "director's cut" commentary interspersed throughout the takes.
18:20 My concluding remarks.
19:37 Take 3. An edited retake of the whole scene where I attempt to incorporate all the things I mentioned in Take 2.
22:37 End.

Would love to hear thoughts on this meta, and also I encourage others to make a director's cut of a scene they are working on. I'd love to do it again, next time in a scene with more dialogue. Oh, and if you're interested in the full podfic of this phenomenal fic, it's coming! It's 40k and I'm through recording and editing 20k, so the whole thing will be posted in a couple of weeks. <3
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[personal profile] melusina 2013-09-18 11:47 am (UTC)(link)
this is completely fascinating! Although the difference between the two different approaches is interesting, what's most fascinating to me is the commentary around what techniques you use to achieve a particular effect and what thought processes go into choosing those techniques. I think it could be very useful in explaining to people who haven't podficced what it's actually about.

I'd actually be interested in a slightly different version of this project where the reader shows the difference between reading something the way you would if you read the story aloud to someone (but in the way of your second take, thoughtfully and using your voice to tell the story) and a version that is more like a radio play with sound effects, voices, etc.

Also, I totally want to do a director's cut of something now! Maybe I will pack my mic for the beach. . .
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[personal profile] jelazakazone 2013-09-18 02:25 pm (UTC)(link)
I am in awe. I don't put this much thought/effort into my podfics. I think I have a slightly different method from you though.

As you say, these things are subtle and I found this fascinating to listen to. Also, I agreed with you when you had that short line where you said you nailed it (can't remember the exact words that you nailed though).

Also, feeling completely inadequate to collab with you. *winces* Have you listened to anything I've done? Save yourself. Don't do it.

Thanks for doing this! Maybe I will do something like this on my next project. It wouldn't be the same though. I tend to only rerecord if the tone is completely blatantly wrong or when I rerecord. I have a hard enough time reading smoothly! LOL.
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[personal profile] jelazakazone 2013-09-20 08:24 pm (UTC)(link)
Hunh. Maybe I should listen to someone else's raw file. Like, we could do a trade. That feels scary!

I have been thinking about this for the past couple days. I just edited a Night Vale podfic. The first bit that I did had far fewer flubs (but I think the number of retakes was about the same). I think I need to "get in character" before I can record. So I don't think singing etc would help me. I often only have 20 minutes to record! I think that being relaxed and channeling the character(s) is the best method for me. Fascinating to think about.

\o/!! I love your enthusiasm.

Thanks for the thoughts and conversation! <3
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[personal profile] metanewsmods 2013-09-18 06:17 pm (UTC)(link)
Hi, would it be okay to link this at [community profile] metanews
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[personal profile] thefourthvine 2013-09-18 06:40 pm (UTC)(link)
This was a fascinating thing to listen to, and I loved both the contrasts and the director's cut. Thanks for doing it!
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[personal profile] thefourthvine 2013-09-19 04:29 am (UTC)(link)
It made me think of podfic as audible close reading! Super cool.
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[personal profile] thefourthvine 2013-09-19 08:45 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh MAN, that would make an awesome pod_together project - the author produces a bare-bones text open to interpretation, and the podficcers interpret. THAT WOULD BE SO GREAT.
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[personal profile] anatsuno 2013-09-27 01:31 pm (UTC)(link)
I'd be interested in performing for a project like that! /sidenote :)
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[personal profile] niko 2013-09-19 07:50 pm (UTC)(link)
Very cool approach to talking about podfic "craft". All the little decisions on how to come at the performance are one of my favorite things about podficcing... it's neat to see that element get the spotlight in this.
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[personal profile] aethel 2013-09-20 09:29 pm (UTC)(link)
Wow! This is similar to what I do, except for how I am not nearly as methodical or articulate about it. Sometimes I even catch myself spacing out and just reading aloud mechanically. :(
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[personal profile] aethel 2013-09-20 11:58 pm (UTC)(link)
Sometimes I connect a bit too much and start sobbing or laughing in the middle of the recording. :D I do visualize sometimes just because I get caught up in the story, but for the next podfic, I'll pay attention to whether I'm doing it consistently.
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[personal profile] aethel 2013-09-22 01:58 am (UTC)(link)
Smart thinking!
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[personal profile] fred_mouse 2013-09-22 04:35 am (UTC)(link)
I have bookmarked this to come back to once semester is over, so will hopefully remember to a) listen and b) engage in the conversation (however stale it might be). In the meantime, as a wanna-be podficcer, I am very grateful for people talking about the whys and wherefores as well as the how-tos. Thank you.
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[personal profile] metanewsmods 2013-09-25 11:41 am (UTC)(link)
Hi, can we link this at metanews?
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[personal profile] lunchee 2013-11-27 09:46 am (UTC)(link)
Coming in late, but I just found this post today and found it really interesting. It inspired me to make my own reading vs performance podcast + director's commentary here.