It is summer, and time to podfic. I have decided to write notes about my plans from the beginning to completion. I don't know if anyone will read this or if anyone cares, but what else are blogs for. If you have any ideas, suggestions, or are willing to Beta at any point along the way, please comment or catch me on one of the other sites alessnox on fanfiction.net or Rozzychan on tumblr. Thanks.
I wanted to do a podfic this summer of one of my works. I looked at the list on Archive of our own searching for one that isn't too long, that I liked, and that was well received in the fan fiction communtity ( I rated this by Kudoes). After several false starts, I decided on The Morning After.
It is rated second by kudos of my existing works on that site with 137 and it is only 3855 words. A good choice.
How to do it.
The story has some interesting challenges. It isn't sequential. Much of the story is told by a series of flash backs that John Watson thinks of while writing a letter to Sherlock Holmes. There needs to be a clear distinction between John's thoughts, and what is being written in the letter.
There is the music. I want sad but not sappy. Not too familiar, and not too loud. I am very aware that the wrong music could take one out of it. I might even try to incorporate it into the story as if he bumps the computer and it comes on.
I will need keyboard clicks. I will need atmospheric sounds. Perhaps a clock ticking in the background. Perhaps none of these things. I should start with the voice and see if anything needs to be added.
The voice work will be the key to this story. There is the narration. That should be my own voice, quiet, almost monotonic with a medium distance from the microscope in a quiet, non echoing room. A bit of a problem for me at the moment as everyone is home, Not the ideal time to read a podfic.
The letter should be in John's voice. It should be emotional and personal. A close mic, a deep voice with catches and breaths.
I also need voices for Mary and Sherlock. As it is memory, I can leave out things or add clicks or breaths with my voice to suggest pauses or continuance.
The voice for the Letter should be loud. Not sure if I should add penstrokes or typing sounds during the reading, or omit them. There are two points of view, the reader and the writer. We should be identifying with the writer though.
Trying to chose between two works by Chopin:Nocturne in E minor, Op. posth. 72
artist: Luke Faulkner
ANDNocturne in B flat minor, Op. 9 no. 1
Public domain, romantic, saddish
Stopping here for now.... I welcome comments.