Drama Llamas, iPads, & Pencil LONG AGO… in a land before time… Before TV’s Before Internet Before Video Games Before Cell Phones THERE WAS... RADIO! Sunday, October 30, 1938 Millions of radio listeners (mostly on the east coast of New York and New Jersey) were SHOCKED when radio news alerts announced the arrival of… MARTIANS! The Martians were… Ferocious! Unstoppable! Attacking EARTH! Panic! People ran out of their homes SCREAMING! Packed fled! up bags and How could something like this happen? A Little History… In the early days, radio stations filled their air time with orchestra music, poetry readers, singers… UNTIL… A Little History… Welles - producer of Mercury Theatre On The Air and dramatist Dramatization – turning a novel into a movie or play H.G. Wells, author Orson The Time Machine (1895) The Island of Dr. Moreau (1896) The Invisible Man (1897) The War of the Worlds (1898) Orson Welles Opening Intro “We know now that in the early years of the twentieth century this world was being watched closely by intelligence greater than man’s and yet as mortal as his own…” (fade in weather report) Radio Dramas Can only be heard (not seen) Usually around an hour long, including 15-30 second commercial advertisements Lots of sounds, jingles, use of character voices Short History Introduction War of the Worlds 1.Read the first part in class… 2. Go to HUSD.ORG to my teacher page 3. Go to Beginning Drama calendar for today’s date http://www.sacredtexts.com/ufo/mars/wow.htm Scripts Playwright: the person who writes a play or a script Flashback Who can remember… A. The name of what it is that the playwright writes? B. C. How a play is divided? How can you divide it even further? Advertising Executive 1.Writes 2. commercials Inserts the catchy jingles that can really sell their product using musical messages Examples http://www.oldtimeradiofans.com/old_ra dio_commercials/Rice_A_Roni.mp3 http://www.oldtimeradiofans.com/old_ra dio_commercials/Doublemint_Gum.mp3 http://www.oldtimeradiofans.com/old_ra dio_commercials/Rice_Krispies.mp3 Foley Artists 1. Creates the music/ sound effects for the radio drama 2. Responsible for ensuring that all props are brought to the recording studio 3. Makes sure the playwright includes all sound effects in script Noises replace visual aids that would be placed on a stage, and so the radio dramatist must be creative with how props sound Foley Artist Examples twisting cellophane (crackling fire) squeezing a box of corn starch (footsteps in snow) blow through a straw into water (boiling water) squeeze folded sandpaper (breaking eggs) run finger nail along edge of pocket comb (crickets) snap open an umbrella (sudden ignition of fire) twist knob of combination padlock (dial of safe) 1 Foley Artist: In Class 10 minutes: small group Reach into your bags and discover the objects you already have What noises can be made with just what you have now? Share in class Foley Artist: Assignment Bring 2-3 objects from home (it can not be food and it can not resemble a weapon of any kind) You will be combined with others tomorrow to create a 1-minute sketch that incorporates the objects that you and your group members bring in Groups will be given tomorrow (so you won’t be able to pre-plan) Foley Artist: Short Skit Using the objects you brought from home, create a one-minute story that incorporates FIVE sounds. You will have THIRTY minutes to collaborate, write, and rehearse. An index card will be provided to write down the FIVE sounds and how that sound is being created. Skits will be read in front of class and vocal projection and characterization is required; memorization is NOT. You should include narration and dialogue. Remember, it’s only a MINUTE. Characters: a dragon named Sir Lotus or a mouse named Annie Event: trying to save the world Radio: Timeline With a partner, research events between 1930-1945 to construct a timeline that compares the history of radio to a world event. You only need 10 years. Each year has two different events. Example: 1945 (radio)The Academy Awards are broadcast on the radio in their entirety for the 1st time 1945-(world)Franklin Roosevelt dies Due at the end of the hour, tomorrow at the latest Do not include a bunch of titles of radio drama shows that were started for that year. That is not a strong enough fact. Plot Structure Exposition The process of putting together the facts that gives us the setting Introduces the where, when, why, and who Rising Action A series of events that builds suspense and leads to the climax Climax Turning point of the play, the most critical point Falling Action o The events that follow the climax o Some parts of the plot are resolved here Resolution The ending of the story, everything gets fixed Unit Routes (Proceed to appropriate semester) First Semester Mysteries Second Semester Fairytale Adaptations Mystery Scooby Doo Mystery 1) Puzzle clue: This is where something has gone wrong & the protagonist needs to follow the clues to figure it out. 2) Treasure hunt: This is where there is a mystery involving a treasure of some kind. 3) Psychological thriller: This is where someone is being tricked and may be losing a grasp on reality. 4) Supernatural thriller: This can involve magic and monsters and urban legends. Mystery Radio Drama Your mission: Create a radio drama mystery that isn’t solved at the end The basics: Theme music Setting and character reveal at start Conflict & mystery introduced early Plot structure followed throughout One commercial interruption with jingle (1930s product) To Be Continued ending… Minimum 6 min, Max. 8 min Must include 10 separate sounds Fairytale Adaptations Fairytale: A children’s story about magical and imaginary beings and lands Adaptation: A movie, book, play, etc. that is changed so it can be presented in another form I am choosing the groups for this project. Groups will be between 5-6 people. You should exchange emails first. Why? I will need one representative from each group. Small Groups Fairytale Adaptations Objective You are going choose a very well-known fairytale and in small groups, will be adapting the story to create a mini radio drama episode. Note This is not a re-write or summarization of the story, but rather a continuation and/or snapshot of an event that could happen in the world of these already established characters’ lives. Golden Books Read your Golden Book and get reacquainted with your famous Disney story. You can take turns reading the pages within your group. Worksheet Guide Each group will be given a worksheet guide to aide in the process of this project. Do each area in the order they are in the guide.