BEST PODCAST WORKFLOW? Danny Robins PT5 PODCAST PRODUCER TIPS with Neil Mossey 012

BEST PODCAST WORKFLOW? Danny Robins PT5 PODCAST PRODUCER TIPS with Neil Mossey 012


You seem to have made “Haunted” and “Folsom
Untold” in a similar way. I wondered if you could talk me through your
workflow. Is it a case of going out and gathering material,
and then scripting your story through that material? Yeah, then I have quite definite process now
I guess and it’s sort of talking to the people the interviewees initially and getting a sense
of their story and the sense of the story I want to tell… and to some degree mapping
out the story before I’ve done the proper interview with them saying you know talking
with them on email or on the phone. So I kind of have a sense of that. And then being able to sort of shape the interview
and sort of direct the interview in terms of that kind of story I want to tell. Then you know going to meet them and with
“Haunted” you know it was generally going and meeting them in their house and hearing
their ghost story. Sometimes travelling some distances you know. With “Folsom Untold” I was traveling all
across the states we did about like a thousand miles of driving and 24 hours of flights in
it in a week you know. Going from like California to Nashville…
but so collecting all the material and then bringing that material back and I get it all
transcribed and I sit down with it and I go through it. I’m listening to it and reading the transcripts
and piecing together my story and writing my script at the same time. So I write script, and then cutting and pasting
that, this sort of transcribed material into that, so you know it’s a very sort of tightly
woven, tightly told story… mixing between narration and interviews. And that is very time-consuming by its very
nature. So I come up with the script, which is a mixture
of audio material we’ve collected and and my narration. And then I’m not a hacker… I should learn how to edit… I can’t edit you know. So then it goes to an editor or the producer
depending on you know the setup – if the producer can edit. So then it’s assembled into this kind of rough
you know edit kind of thing and then I sort of make cuts to that and I sort of decide
if that should go or if that should change… And then the sort of final layer is it goes
to this guy Pascal Wyse who I’ve worked with on both Haunted and Folsom Untold, who is
a brilliant sound designer and musician. And he does the sound design and he writes
music for it. And with Haunted it was very bespoke music. You know each episode had very different music
to it. And again you know these are all incredibly
labour-intensive layers and expensive layers because you’re paying for people’s time. And so I make life very hard to myself you
know. I mean I’m not sure I am advertising this
as a kind of perfect way to make a podcast because it took me he kind of months and months
to make both of these series and it was kind of exhausting and and you know brilliant but
exhausting and you know brain-numbingly hard work. But at the end of it I feel like I’ve got
something I’m very proud of and I feel like it’s a kind of lush textured listen because
it would be able to have all these different stages. That’s Danny Robins and this is the Podcast
Producers Podcast with me Neil Mossey. It’s a place where podcast producers share
their tips and experiences so that everyone can start the podcast and keep going. There’s details of how to subscribe in the
description – thanks so much for getting to this point in the podcast and thanks again
to Danny the links to him and his podcasts are in the description. And if you’ve got this far into the podcast
it’s really good to have you here. Why not give me a thumbs up, or a comment,
or tweet me. It’d be lovely to hear from you. And there’s also details in the description
for where you can find the next episode. Can you please help my daddy get 1000 subscribers
just click on his face thanks bye! [Music]

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