Diary of a Podcaster Part 15
I’ve been pondering a new podcast project for a while, since Contains Moderate Peril ended a year ago. As I’ve discussed in previous posts, I want to create a movie-based show and have been considering of late exactly what sort of format to adopt. I don’t go to the cinema often enough these days to produce a contemporary review orientated podcast, plus I don’t find a lot of mainstream releases to be sufficiently engaging. Despite looking and pursuing discrete enquiries, I haven’t been able to find a co-host who is sufficiently knowledgeable, motivated or available to do a regular show producing the audio equivalent of long form criticism of films and the movie industry. So, it’s been a bit of a chore to try and work out which niche to explore. However, I have now a clear idea of what I want to do.
Although I like podcasts that analyse in great depth a specific subject matter (such as The Evolution of Horror), they are very labour intensive to produce to a high standard. I’m looking to create a monthly show that is easy to arrange, record and edit. Round table discussions with one host and two to three guests tend to fit this format well. So, I’ve taken a leaf from fellow blogger Murfs book. He is currently working his way through a series of classic movies and then writing his thoughts on them. To me that seems like a perfect format for a show. Have the guests watch in advance a movie of note, then have a group discussion about their respective thoughts and impressions. I will be the host and endeavour to ask pertinent questions as well as provide my own insights where appropriate. Such a podcast just requires a few scheduled recording sessions, which can be done well in advance of the planned publishing of each episode. This is not a time sensitive production.
The internet certainly doesn’t have a shortage of lists and “top ten’s” of movies that can serve as a point of debate. The project certainly doesn’t require any new hardware. There are some other minor technical issues that will need “tweaking” to get the show active on iTunes but it’s nothing too difficult. The name of the show is currently undecided, but I don’t see that as being major issue. The biggest hurdle is to line up some willing guests and then schedule some recording sessions. However, I’m not looking at releasing the first episode until January 2019, so I have plenty of time to address all these matters. In the case of everything coming together quicker than I have anticipated, then there may be a show available prior to Christmas. Overall, I’m cautiously optimistic about the sustainability of this project and am excited by the prospect of a return to podcasting.