With the vast majority of audio dramas being on iTunes and other Podcasting applications, why YouTube? Are there any plans to publish on other platforms?
Ted Falagan – YouTube was simply the most accessible and, most importantly for a troupe that produces everything out of their own pockets, it didn’t cost anything. We’re also on SoundCloud (where folks can download free MP3’s of our latest works.). We’ve tried ITunes, Pod-O-Matic, Podbean, and even our own website, but found that YouTube simply reaches the most people and requires the least amount of effort on our part in terms of marketing. Don’t get me wrong, we do as much social media marketing as humanly possible, it’s just that YT is easy to format and has a bigger reach. Our website is down for the time being, but we plan on re-launching it soon. But it’s a lot of work to maintain. Currently, FLP has a staff of two – myself and my wife, Debbie – and we do all of the writing, editing, the majority of the voice acting, and all of the marketing, so we have to try and keep things simple. Or we collapse!
Talking about the Silver Fox, what made you want to tackle such a classic archetype of radio drama, which some would say has been overdone. Were you going for an homage or something different?
T.F. – I’ve always been a comic book fan and wanted to try a super hero tale. It seems that the mysterious, lone vigilante hero – armed with only his fists and guns (ala The Green Hornet, Shadow, etc.) is the easiest to translate into an audio format. ‘The Silver Fox’ is definitely an homage to that form of storytelling. I suppose it is overdone to a certain extent. I simply wanted to create a world where this character could exist in and then co-exist and interact with other heroes (many of which will be introduced in future ‘S.F.’ episodes.) I loved comics specifically for the connectivity of the stories, the characters all existed in the same universe. Now that Marvel has finally taken the step into translating that to a film universe, I wanted to try and do it with an audio one. A lot of future threads in my ‘S.F.’ stories will connect in small ways to some of my other audio stories. And, for those brave souls who follow our works, perhaps they’ll notice and be excited by it. Or not.
Do you record the actors at the same time in the same room, or is this an online endeavor? If you had the chance to do it the other way, would you?
Deborah Fabiano-Falagan – We record everything in a little office / studio in our apartment. When using outside actors, we have them come in one at a time (there isn’t room for multiple actors) and then they record their lines in one session. We’ve had actors record lines on their own, using various recording methods, and actually from spots all over the world, but it began to get problematic getting the different recordings from varied sources to sound right, so we discarded that approach. We have moved recently and now have a bigger space, so we hope to get a troupe together and record some works live in the future.
What are some of your personal favorite productions you’ve done so far. Are there any in upcoming projects you’d like to share?
D.F.F. – My favorite episodes to write are the ‘Asylum of The Mind’ episodes. That’s our horror anthology series. Since it’s an anthology, I get to really stretch my imagination and go very dark. As far as the future goes, we are currently auditioning for new troupe member so we can get more voices into the mix and, hopefully, to get some more writers. Ted & I can write and act in many shorts, that’s fine, but having more voices both behind and in front of the mic would be the ideal situation. And that’s what we hope to do. Right now, we premiere a new short once a month, but we’d love to get enough new talent added so that we can, perhaps, move to a weekly – or at least bi-weekly – schedule as far as content output goes. That would be ideal. We always have ideas and new scripts, and will keep creating works of all genres. We have a 1950’s era, sci-fi series coming called ‘The Aquarians,’ and a continuation of our popular vampire web-series ‘brood,’ called ‘The House of Kaine.’
Michael: Thanks to Deborah and Ted for taking the time to answer these questions. A review of The Silver Fox will premiere over at Audio Drama Reviews on December 4th, 2016.