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WORDS In the use of dramatic content, words are possibly the most important element of creating a radio drama, for without words what is ascript.In radio drama, words are used within the script for different purposes such as:To direct and instruct:Using words within a script allows you to directthe actors how to perform certain lines andeven when and where to deliver them.To Produce Dialogue:Without dialogue a radio drama is useless, as diaglogue is a key feature to telling the story,and the actors will need to see a script with words in order to know what their going to say and what the story is.
Effects can be the cherry on top of your radio drama cake, as they provide that very necessary touch of realism to your radio drama. Effects are used to intensify the setting of the scene.You can use sound effects to really set the scene of anything, for example:Using a police car siren and, breaking glass, gunshots and helicopter fans for a bank robbery. Don't forget you can also use voice to create sound effects too not just objects and instruments. Aural Signposting are:• mowing the lawn• dog barking• knock on• old-fashioned shop door bell• door. Aural signposting may fail if not used correctly, as it may not set the correct scenery.
What Is Radio Play?
A dramatized audio performance, broadcast on radio or published on audio media, such as tape or CD. Because there is no accompanying video, a radio drama depends on narration, dialogue, music and sound effects to help the listener imagine the characters and story.
History of Radio Play
By the late 1930s, radio drama was widely popular in the United States (and also in other parts of the world).There were dozens of programs in many different genres, from mysteries and thrillers, to soap operas and comedies programs in many different genres, from mysteries and thrillers, to soap operas and comedies.
Music is one feature used within radio drama that can change the theme,setting, and even storyline of your radio drama, as music sets the scene and mood of the story (music does this in visually interactive entertainment systems such as TV, and it's intensified with radio as picture cannot be included to change the scene or the mood).You can use music in your radio drama by using jingles or intervals between each scene, which could help you to change the location or time of your radio drama, for example: By using music you can paint the picture of day or night to your audience by using instruments like violins or guitars to separate the two scenes.
Voices can be used by your actors to help differentiate your characters, as your actors can alter their voice, accent or volume to make spereractions between the characters, which is extremely important as in radio drama the audience cannot see the different characters so they will need to hear the different charaters. For example, this could be done to separate two characters that may seem similar in physical description, as the wealthier character would talk differently (more posh, well spoken and sound better educated).
Flashback is a change in a narrative to an earlier event that disturbs the normals sequential development of a story. Flashbacks usually occurs when a character tells a story or has a dream. Flashbacks are an excellent method to putting an exciting twist to the average routine of beginning, middle and end, their also a good method to revealing more about your character's motivations and influences in a short manner. In radio drama,flashbacks are an exciting way to let your audience know more about your characters and develop a relationship and opinion of them, without giving away too much.If not done well flashbacks could became too complex for your audience and confuse them.
A cliff-hanger ending is when the storyline of any film, episode, book or radio drama etc. end without resolution. A cliff-hanger ending usually leaves the characters in a dramatic situation, in which the audience normally don't see resolving or overcoming. Cliff-hanger endings are an excellent method to maintaining or extending a high level of suspense and inconclusive thoughts to your audience. Cliff-hanger endings are also great to use for radio drama for a series, as they leave the audience wanting more (just like in a television series).The effect of Cliff-hanger endings could back fire if used to often as the audience will get fed up and irritated by the high level of suspense.
Narration is the telling of a story. Any story, either told from 3rd person, 1st or 2nd. It is mostly telling a story, of events that have happened. It can also mean description,explanation, reading, recital, storytelling, voice-over.Narration is a very good device to do a lot of things, as through voice overs you either.• Be able to describe the story.• Be able to voice the characters thoughts• Be able to give your story a more interesting twist.
Use of silence
Silence in radio drama can be one of the most effective yet simple convention of your radio drama. Silence is used in a radio drama for a lot of reasons and can be two different kinds of silence e.g.Complete Silence –Used as a way to change a scene or emphasis the end of any kind of dialogue or action. Silence within the scene used as a way to emphasize a dramatic or awkward atmosphere. If silence is used too often or even not enough it could seem completely unnecessary and make your radio drama seem flawed or even incomplete.
Characterisation is the art of creating characters for a narrative, including the process of conveying information about them.This could involve information about their personality, physical appearance or background story e.g. Linda Smith was a very curious young girl and shy young girl, who constantly wore a flowing flowery dress and rose within her hair.
The duration of your radio drama is a very important factor to take into account when creating a radio drama, as radio is not a device that most individuals have the patients to listen to for too long. Listeners can get bored or annoyed if the radio drama last too long,and if listeners have tuned into the radio drama while participating in other task (as majority of listeners do) such as,driving or working, they will tune out as soon as they have completed the task,whether the radio drama is finished or not. A typical duration of a radio drama is anywhere between (3-10 minuets), the lengthy radio drama‟s vary between (25-30 minuets)
Its important to structure your storyline, in an entertaining yet simple manner that the audience will not get confused yet stay intrigued with your radio drama. Unlike a film or television program, the audience cannot physically see the story, making it more challenging to follow the storyline, so listeners who tune in, later within the story get easily lost the story (also easily bored).
Development of the plot is extremely important, if the storyline of your radio drama doesn't develop in interest value,listeners will get bored and tune out.Your radio drama must have an interesting start and a constantly peaking middle and the climatic end.
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