Top 5 One Season Comedies You Probably Don’t Remember (Podcast Episode 1)

Making this podcast episode was a lot of fun but also way more work than I was expecting.  I enjoy television shows so I was interested in what I was talking about which makes it fun.  I spent three days going back and forth about the topic I was going to choose.  I was going to do a review but decided that it probably wouldn’t take up the correct amount of time if I were to do a podcast and I knew I would run into copyright problems if I used videos or images in a video.  I thought a top 5 would be easier to take up the ten minutes as well as I knew I wouldn’t really need visuals in order to get my point across.  I was just going to do one season series but the numbers were too high to choose from and I wanted to have a variety in genres if I was to do it like that.  I decided comedies would be easy to narrow down especially since so many comedies in the last few years have failed.  I also decided to go with shows that no one I know remembers in order to relate it to the overall theme of my website.

I had to do research on all of the shows I was going to use including lead actors, time it aired, synopsis (even though I had seen them all in the past), fun facts and more.  I wrote down all of the information in outline form rather than a script.  I thought this would be easier to read off as well as speak without sounding like a robot.  It makes it feel more authentic to the audience.  There are a couple times where I stutter or say “um” which are a little bit sloppy in form but I chose to leave them in there because I didn’t feel like they took away too much from the recording.  Also, I have a nasty cold at the moment and you can clearly hear the difference from the intro to the actual episode.  I sound very naisly and hoarse and I was honestly just proud I didn’t sneeze or cough while recording it.  In addition, leaving the “ums” and stuttering bits make the podcast feel like it’s live which is a quality I really like.

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Screencast

Making the screencast was an interesting experience.  I had to figure out how to use a new program and I ended up really liking it.  It was simple to use and it wasn’t too complicated to figure out.

I maybe filmed about 30 takes of the same three minute screencast.  This is probably because I went without a script.  I was going to write one but I pretty much knew what I was going to say.  I didn’t want to use a script because I wanted it to sound more like how I talk.  I felt that the screencast and the information I was giving out would sound more authentic if I just talked and said what was on my mind without considering too much my actual words.  The multiple takes came from stutters and messing up my words to a point that they didn’t make sense.  My thoughts often skip from the beginning of the sentence in my head to head and change it in the middle so sometimes what I’m saying doesn’t make sense.  You’d think that this would then get me to use a script but I still felt like if I tried enough and continued to say similar ideas that I would eventually get it, and I did.

I also played around with how I was going to move my cursor and how I was going to scroll on each website.  I wasn’t sure if I should click on pages or which widgets to draw attention to or which tags to go in or how far to scroll down.  This was especially difficult with the Tumblr part because I wanted to choose two tags that would get my point across without making the screencast feel cluttered or confusing.  Also, scrolling a ways can be dangerous on Tumblr since there can be very inappropriate or sexual pics that come up without provocation.  I should have included it in the screencast but there are times when there are spam posts that have nothing to do with the tag that will come up.  It’s annoying and often times gross.  I’ve flagged so many in the past and prayed that none would come up when I was doing the screen recording.

Podcast Intro

When creating the intro for my podcast, I wanted something a simple with a fun, upbeat track in the background.  I wanted the track to sound a bit indie rock yet still be fun and I wanted it to give off a feel that what I will be talking about in the podcast are things that no one talks about.  I wanted the track to be instrumental so as not to distract from the parts where I speak but I still wanted it to be intriguing enough during the parts where I’m silent so as not to bore the listener.

The first thing I did was write my script and record my voice using Audacity.  I was already somewhat familiar with Audacity but still had some trouble figuring out the software.  It tooks about two tries to get my voice the way I wanted it.  As someone who hates listening to themselves on tape, I wanted to get the actual recording done as quick as possible.  You can even hear me almost laugh in the audio as well as I feel like I’m speaking rather softly due to my roommates being in an adjacent room and I was afraid they could hear me talking to myself.  Overall though, despite the flaws of the audio, I liked the way it turned out after such few takes.  I thought the part that sounds like I almost crack up really shows who I am and how I want the podcast to be fun and a bit carefree.  I want to be able to be myself in a podcast and not worry about creating a persona for my listeners.  I want the podcast to express how I feel about certain topics and shows but still be authentic to me.

I then added a track I found on freemusicarchive.org called “Scottish Indie” by Scott Holmes.  I went into “effects” to add a fade in and fade out as well as lowered the volume so as not to have it overpower the voice track.  I eported the file once I was happy with it and added it to my soundcloud.  Really excited to see how the rest of my poscast turn out.

Website Header

This header contains images of cartoon televisions standing in front of an old tv set and a clip art of a tv set sitting on the tv set’s ledge.  These images were chosen because they represented the topic of my website without drawing too much attention to specific networks, streaming platforms or specific series.  It’s basic yet still had a pop of color and personality.

I combined the images using Pixlr editor.  I used free-tranform to make the clip art smaller and bit it onto the ledge of the tv set.  I added a gradient on all four sides to round out the edges as well as make the color of the tv set go with the cartoons and clip art.  I also changed the color of the cartoon televisions to match the theme colors of the website and the clip art.  The cartoons were originally orange, yellow and red but I felt they were very harsh and overbearing for the website itself.  I decided to go with a purple and teal color scheme in order to not draw too much attention yet still bring character to the site.  They also express the idea that this website is for the underground of television series.  For a site that reports on more mainstream shows, they might include photos from popular shows or logos for Netflix or NBC.  This header is a bit quirky and unique which I think goes really well with the purpose of the site.

The background image was taken from “Tv set” by Machintoy from flickr (licenced CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) and the clip art was taken from “Tv icon” by Hullernuc from Open Clip Art Library (licenced CCO 1.0).  I decided to use the “Tv set” photo because the website said it was good to used if I sited them properly and was using it for non-commercial purposes.  I decided to use the “Tv icon” clipart because it can be used under public domain and therefore it’s available me to use for any purpose that I need.