You can’t say that!

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scary virus worm from episode 4

The City park radio programming guidelines are strictly G so we had to invent an expletive Terry could say on air – he is after all a male 20 something bogan and aliens are shooting at him, so our actor Michael came up with flip! for our f word. The sound editor shall fire a handy blaster shot any time he tries that s word.  

Testing the Translation Circuit

It’s science fiction so there are long technical explains and worse – alien words.  The Questr is equipped with a handy translation device that magically works at a distance. So we can stick with english as the truly universal language, and use fake alien accents – the radio equivalent of a Dalek costume 🙂

However it’s always a surprise to a script writer as to which innocuous little words trip the tongues of the voice actors. Star shines will become shar stines, capacitors morph into capacitators, and time saving efforts turn into marathon recording sessions. After handling the periodic table with ease Rowena created the Thornhill capacitator, our take on a flux capacitor. So now its super special. “fruity tropical lime with a hint of hazlenut character” that was a little line i got off a bottle of Josef Chromy chardonnay and seriously regretted. Took a dozen takes and script writer was about to be strangled since the bottle was empty and we couldn’t just drown our woes.

Our script writers actually dodge creating alien names. just alien 1 alien 2 etc… They have no problems creating characters and convoluted plots but were so pleased I found this handy thing online fantasynamegenerators.com I haven’t yet tried hustling them into making up a language as involved as say Dothraki. Maybe season 3.

The Questr

So the fun of the radio play is letting your imagination fill in the visuals but inevitably SOMEONE WILL WANT A PICTURE – Indeed Michael aka Terry asked me all about the inside of the Questr today, despite having been inside it  read the script. By happy coincidence the multi-talented  rabiddog008.deviantart.com ( who also clipped together our first trailer and voices several parts ) drew these …..

inside the type 40 Questr time machine
inside the type 40 Questr time machine

and here is the outside – the grey metallic cylinder from the academy in episode 1 (although it looks like it could have come from Ikea 🙂                                                       disguised as a gaslight lampost from Narnia  France in episode 3 and as a retro wooden photobooth complete with creaky door in episode 4 when we pick up Terry.