Date published: 02/01/2020
Written by: Katie Youmans
Produced by: Wil Williams
Listen to the full episode for a surprise 😉
Scoring Magic Minisode number one! [airhorn noises]
[in a silly voice]
Please don’t use that! Please, Wil, put a real airhorn there!
[actual airhorn noises]
Last Saturday, the second episode of VALENCE was released, and we’ve had a minute to acclimate to it being a thing that exists in the world, that you all can listen to and have thoughts on, and it will probably never stop being weird. Ever. But my favorite part of this process is that . . . we’re not in it alone.
We’ve talked about the benefits we’ve found that come from having co-creators. Today, I want to take a minute to gush about our cast.
Good writing is important. Good direction is important. Good communication is very important. But good actors. Good actors, y’all. We really lucked out. I don’t know how we did it. But every single member of our cast is absolutely killer.
I don’t just mean with their acting abilities, though I cannot wait for you all to hear just how phenomenal they are. No, what I mean is who they are as people, and how they mesh together both on mic and in our cast & crew server.
I’m going to try to avoid giving any advice in this episode, because I’m absolutely still learning as I bumble along, but . . . having a cast & crew server? Y’all? Absolutely recommend.
We wanted to have a little bit of time to get to know our actors before we launched into recording, and we wanted them to have some time to get to know each other. I had figured it was likely I’d become friends with them – I had no idea just how dear they would all become to me, and how bonkers that server would become.
We have channels for typical, obvious things like scheduling and resources and announcements, but we also have a channel called #Japes, for our goofy memes, and another channel called #NastyTown, which is . . . tragically, exactly what you would think. One of our actors has the server role of “Mayor of Nastytown”. And . . .once you’ve met their character, I’m pretty sure you’ll see why.
I say all this, not to brag about how cool our actors are and what great pals we all have become, but to stress just how much of a joy it has been getting to know them, and to see them getting to know each other. Yeah, it helped their on-mic chemistry fall into place instantly and got us some phenomenal improv and bloops. But it also made the process of creating a show with them so, so much more fun and less stressful than I’d anticipated.
In summation . . . get to know your cast. And . . . oh no, I was trying to improv and I forgot I can’t.
[Blooper reel audio]
I mean, I could try not to sound sexy, but I–I don’t know. [laugh] [silly exaggerated fake laugh]
Peppa . . . Peppa! Can’t even do Peppa in that voice — that’s weird.
It’s not even the sexy kind of thumping — it’s, like, very clearly the walking kind of thumping.
[gasping laugh] [singsong] I was working in the lab late one night!
How’s–how’s your German accent, Liam?
[in exaggerated Scottish accent]
Och, it’s great! Listen to this!
[in cartoonish, deep voice]
I am the Welcome Adult!
[Josh and John laugh]
You have been welcomed!
Behold me and despair!
[in cartoonish Appalachian accent]
I mean, I was there and I was welcome too once! So, here I am now!
I just hang out with the Welcome Adult!
The only difference between us is the size of the table we sit at.
They should do a whole Scoring Magic episode that’s just . . . clips of people trying to figure out technical stuff.
[imitating Woody from Toy Story]
There’s a snake in my boot! [laughs]
Wouldn’t it be a shame if your napkins weren’t folded properly.
Wow. Not over that. It’s a lot. Jeez. Heck. Forking shirtballs.
I hope that was to your liking!
Scoring Magic is a Hug House production. You can find out more about our other projects, and information on podcast consultations at Hug House dot Productions. Our music this week was “Fluffing a Duck” by Kevin Macleod. . . . yes, really. [laughs]