The podcast, in relation to radio drama, is often seen as an alternative delivery platform rather than a medium with conventions that offer unique narrative opportunities. Consequently, podcast radio drama is often difficult to differentiate from broadcast radio drama in terms of how it is narratively-structured and produced. This project is an investigation into what radio drama might sound like when specifically tailored to the affordances and limitations of the podcast form. By producing three radio drama sketches, each an adaptation of the short story The Unreality House by Kirilee Barker, attempts have been made to produce drama that takes advantage of the podcast’s affordances to tell a story. The results suggest that rather than a broadcast radio substitute, the podcast is a medium capable of fostering a new production approach to radio drama.
From the exegesis (available below as a pdf):
As the reach and accessibility of mobile communication technology increases - with the wide implementation of 3G cellular networks and a variety of handsets – the demand for rich content for portable devices will also rise. While there is already an array of video content tailored to mobile handsets and other portable devices, these are largely media objects which have been transposed from pre-existing mediums, in particular television.
As a freelance mobile video content producer, I will be establishing a production practice around video content for the small screen, by defining what skill sets are required to produce media objects for the new medium.