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Plan a Podcast: Good Ideas to Great Episodes

with Jeff Emtman

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  •   01 Class Introduction

    01:44
  •   04 Leverage Sound

    13:35

Class duration: 1h 11m

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About The Class

How to Make the Podcast of Your Dreams a Reality

There’s a big difference between a great idea and a great podcast. Just ask Jeff Emtman, who founded the successful documentary podcast “Here Be Monsters.” Before he ever picks up the microphone, Jeff has an elaborate preparation ritual, a process involving bathtubs, strategic forgetfulness, and good old-fashioned journaling.

Jeff will show you how to zoom in on the important parts of a story and forget the fluff, conceptualize sound and a story’s “dream tape,” and use self-doubt and existential dread as a creative tool. You’ll come away with real-world techniques for preparing for your podcast so that you can make your best work.

In this class, you’ll learn how to:

  • Get over your fears of actually starting work on an episode and take the first leap.
  • Compartmentalize and benefit from pre-production jitters.
  • Focus on research at the beginning, not story structure.
  • Prepare for the interview, both practically and conceptually.
  • Use sound to deepen the impact of an episode.
  • Doubt your story so you can find its flaws and improve it.
  • Experiment with and subvert conventional structures.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    01:44
  2. 02

    Sparking Your Idea

    07:17
  3. 03

    Imagine Your Dream Tape

    03:28
  4. 04

    Leverage Sound

    13:35
  5. 05

    Doubt Your Story

    10:51
  6. 06

    Experimenting

    05:27
  7. 07

    Writing the Prep List

    05:35
  8. 08

    Q&A

    23:28

Meet Your Expert

Jeff Emtman

Jeff is a photographer, musician and podcaster. His art is focused on belief and fear, with his best-known project being Here Be Monsters, a podcast about the unknown that he started in 2012. ... read more

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  • Timothy

    September 2019

    This class has a lot of really interesting insights and ideas. It is definitely focused more on narrative/interview/experimental style podcasts, but I think anyone interested in any aspect of podcasting would enjoy listening to Jeff speak on the subject. He's a really unique person with a really neat perspective on the medium, and sound in general.

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