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Lesson 1 from: Plan a Podcast: Good Ideas to Great Episodes

Jeff Emtman

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Lesson Info

1. Class Introduction

Lesson Info

Class Introduction

We're going to be talking about podcast pre-production today, just really quick, a little bit about me, this is me. I spent the last six years making this show, it's about stuff like this, and this, and this, and this, and that's what I do. Okay, moving on, now, we're going to be talking about pre-production today, which is kind of a sometimes hard to understand term, but essentially what I'm defining that is, is anything between when you have an idea for something and until your first interview, right. So, my context, I'm going to be talking about this through is mostly through audio documentary, but I think that a lot of the stuff that we're going to be talking about is still applicable if you're producing work that's just like straight interviews, or personal diaries, or reporting, or maybe even like audio drama if that's what you work in. Because a lot of this stuff is really cross-applicable, but over the course of this presentation, I wanna talk about six different objectives, si...

x different things that we can take away from this. First is how to take an idea from nothing and like zoom in on it, right, like zoom in, cut out all the fluff. We're also gonna be talking about conceptualizing your stories, what I call dream tape, and we'll get into that in a minute. We're gonna be talking about visualizing and describing sound, we'll be talking about how to become a better listener, how to become a better recorder, we'll talk about interview prep, how to turn your ideas into questions for a source, and perhaps most importantly, we'll talk about how to compartmentalize and benefit from the existential dread that you are necessarily going to feel along this process.

Ratings and Reviews

Timothy
 

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.

Angelo Salazar
 

Jeff definitely communicates the ideas very well and he is a compelling storyteller. The course offers many useful concepts. However, in my opinion, these little nuggets of insight are strewn about in layers that will have to be discovered as one gains more experience and spends more time honing their craft. I feel, for example, that while I picked up a lot on the techniques, many more aha moments will come about as I keep at it and encounter moments that I will connect back to these lessons. Then I would have peeled away another layer and deepened my understanding. This is a course that will continue to hold value long after you've completed it.

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