Drama production: an introduction

Drama Production - An Introduction
Duration: 5 days

This course provides a thorough grounding in the use of Pro Tools for the recording and production of radio drama programming, and a review of various aspects of workflow specific to drama recording.

This course is targeted at production staff using or planning to use Pro Tools in the production of Drama or Soap programming for radio.

It is expected that the delegate will have had either some Pro Tools (or similar) digital audio workstation experience, or some analogue production work experience. Previous exposure to drama recording and production would be an advantage.

When you complete this course you will be able to use Pro Tools as an effective platform to record and produce drama for radio broadcast.

Course Content
The course comprises the following three modules:

Module 1 - Pro Tools in radio drama
  • Overview and studio etiquette
  • Hardware
  • Software
  • Setup
  • Application
  • The drama studio
  • Inputs and pre-amplifiers
  • Sends, fold-back and auxiliaries
  • Returns and groups

Module 2 - Pre-production
  • Designing drama templates
  • Session preparation
  • Scene preparation
  • Ambience preparation
  • Spot effects
  • Scene timing
  • Microphone techniques
  • Recording techniques
  • Media management

Module 3 - Recording and post production
  • Multi-track recording
  • Working with and preparing actors/talent
  • Pre-recording routines
  • The post-production process
  • Final scene grouping
  • Dialogue and scene editing
  • Spot effects
  • Scene transitions
  • Final mix
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