Here’s a special bonus, in lieu of the usual weekend bloopers, in honor of our 50th episode. Before we started recording in earnest, we planned a slate of trial segments for a pilot episode, to see how the recording and editing processes would go. We didn’t know if we’d air them or not. Stephen was thinking we wouldn’t, but I didn’t want to waste all that effort. The problem was that the recording quality was pretty bad, and, worse, the way we recorded it was with both of us on a single audio track, which meant our voices couldn’t be edited independently of each other. We decided we’d air the episode but find a better means of recording ourselves for further shows — and the intro and closing for the pilot, in which we apologized for the audio quality.
But as we continued to record material, the poor audio quality of the pilot kept bothering us, and eventually we decided to rerecord all of the segments. So we did. We reused the intro and closing (except for the parts where we apologized for the sound), but the Episode 1 you know and love has rerecorded segments. We lost some of the spontaneity of the initial recording but gained sound quality.
Well here, for the first time, is the original pilot episode, our very first attempt at recording material for the podcast, and it’s interesting to see what’s changed over 50 episodes. I’ve gotten better at improvising content, I think, and better at sounding like I’m improvising when I’m actually reading.
Show contents, with start times:
- Director Spotlight: Christopher Nolan (1:40)
- Trivia Question: Franchise With Future Stars (15:56)
- Industry Trend: Cliffhangers (17:17)
- Top 6: Romantic Movies That Aren’t Sappy (29:25)
- DVD Preview: October 2006 (43:54)
- Closing: Trivia Answer, Preview of Next Week (54:53)
There are three big content differences between this pilot and the official Episode 1. One, Stephen’s Top 6 list is different. On rerecording the segment, he swapped out one of his original picks for a new one. Two, I made a joke during the Top 6 recap that I forgot to replicate the second time around. Three…yeah, what’s with those bumpers? For a long time, we weren’t sure what kind of sound we should use to separate segments from each other. Eventually, of course, we settled on just running the projector sound for a couple seconds, but originally it was a more laborious affair. I had some music composition software, and I don’t know a thing about music, but I thought it would be fun to throw some percussion sound effects around in a MIDI. I came up with a few different ones, set them to the projector sound, and asked Stephen what he thought. He didn’t like them, and to be perfectly honest, I didn’t either. I liked playing around with it, but the end result didn’t really “fit.” So out the percussion went.
Anyway, here we are near the end of our podcast. We hope you enjoy this excursion back to its beginning.