Tell us about the story and why it’s a good fit for one of our podcasts. The pitch doesn’t need to be elaborate or long, but we need to get a sense of the story and who the central characters are going to be.
Send pitches to firstname.lastname@example.org. Note in the subject line which show you think the pitch would be best suited to.
Once we green-light a treatment, we’ve engaged you to work on the story. We’ll assign a producer who will work with you through production. They’ll be your main point of contact.
Please note: before moving forward on production, we will require you to sign a contract outlining our working relationship, statement of work and rights ownership.
As well, we’ll get your direct deposit payment details so that when the work is done and invoiced, we can pay you quickly.
Chase > Interviews > Scripting > Story editing > Voice track > Editing/Sound Design
Lining up your interviews and other sound elements.
Ideally recorded in the field with a digital recorder. When required we also do interviews over Skype or even the phone as a last resort.
Once you have your tape, you start to edit it down and shape the story. Edit the clips you’re hoping to use, in whatever editing software you normally use and reference the clips in your script. Most of our items have narration. Talk to your producer about style and format before you start writing.
Please check in with your producer. The answer varies on the podcast and client.
We work in Google Docs. It makes sharing scripts easy so that you and your producer can go back and forth shaping the story and making changes to the script. Using Google Docs allows us to make notes & feedback directly in the script and share with other members of our team. Please do not submit scripts in Word or other formats.
Once the script is finalized, you record your voice-track. If you’re in Vancouver, you can come into our office to record it. Otherwise you’ll do it at home or wherever you work. We usually don’t book studios for recording voice-tracks. We may set up a Skype or phone call so that we can direct your performance as you record it. In rare cases, depending on show format or other production considerations, we may get someone else to perform the voice-track for your item.
We’ve got great sound designers/editors on our team. They’ll work on the final mix of your item. How much you do and how much they do depends on your comfort level. Some freelancers deliver almost fully mixed items, others just deliver a rough assembly with their voice-track and roughly edited clips.