Wednesday, January 10, 2007

WOW on Christmas

I'm told the audio adaptation of H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds that I scripted was aired online on Christmas Day by the American Council of the Blind.

Their online radio feed offers a regular stream of old time radio drama and other programming.

I was kind of excited to learn we got the holiday slot. The producer, Troy Thayne, had hoped to have the production finished for Halloween, sort of in remembrance of the Orson Wells broadcast, but sound editing took a little longer than expected. (I should note ours is quite different from the 1930s version. It sets the tale in England in the 1890s, closer to the period of the novel.)

Working on an old time radio style drama--of which I am a fan--has been exciting all around, and it proved to be a truly international production.

The actors, led by the fabulously talented Martyn Tott, were all British, and the soundtrack was composed by Greek musical artist Yiannis Kranidiotis.

You can listen to a streaming sound clip via the banner at the right.


Charles Gramlich said...

That must have been a lot of fun, and a lot of work. You really did an excellent job on this.

Stewart Sternberg said...

Sidney, I'm curious about two things: First, how did you land this gig?

Second, did you hate the abortion that was the Steven Spielberg film of two years back.

Clifford said...

That's way cool, Sid! I haven't purchased my copy yet, but it's at the top of my "stuff I gotta get when I land another contract" list. Congrats!

Sidney said...

I "met" Troy, the produer online in part because we are both big fans of CBS Radio Mystery Theater and he started talking about his plans for some new dramas and things sort of snowballed from there. Also my dad lost his vision due to various complications toward the end of his life and Troy's devoted to providing materials for the blind so that's how it all began.

I didn't hate the Cruise version but I watched it more from a point of view of observing how they modernized the material.

Sidney said...

Thanks, Cliff. If I hear they are going to stream it again I'll let you know.

Sidney said...

Thanks for the compliment, Charles. It was interesting to work on, and I think I will write a little more soon about "thinking in radio terms" where people don't have visuals. In some ways it's closer to the written word than to film, I think.

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