Chris and I unanimously decided to rebrand our upcoming podcast from Fear with Beer to Prism of Madness to better reflect our direction, which is to focus on specific aspects of horror movies and the specific people who contribute to the madness that is film making. Additionally, we learned of a podcast that slipped past us that began in 2020 called Fear and Beer, so that told us we were destined to change direction.

We love the rebranding of Prism of Madness, because after all, the number of things that have to go RIGHT in a movie, even in the worst movie, needed for it to come together is staggering. The things that need to go RIGHT for a GOOD movie are nearly impossible! Our job is to dig deep into the who’s and how’s of this, breaking a movie apart like a prism breaks apart light.

 

The show, in addition to featuring Chris and I breaking down movies to explore specific pieces parts, will also feature guest interviews, and we’re off to a great start. In addition to an interview already “in the can” with a production coordinator at a regional film commission, two upcoming interviews are lined up with two different movie directors I highly respect. I’m not spilling the beans on who they are yet, but we are stoked to roll out those episodes.

While this has slightly postponed our original launch date, we’ll be ready to debut relatively soon and will likely launch the first episode by the end of this month.

Exciting! We hope you’ll join us in the Prism. You can keep tabs of the episodes soon at https://prismofmadness.com

 

 

The podcast is taking shape! We’re going into our second recording session this weekend, and I’ve been working through the complexities of equipment, software, and other tech requirements. We are settling on a podcast hosting service, narrowed down to four candidates.

Most exciting is we have our first guest interview lined up. We’re recording the guest segment remotely using Riverside’s remote podcast product, which bumps up reliability and is user-friendly. It’s great for recording video interviews, but  easily breaks out audio. I’ve downloaded the app for Android, too, but haven’t tested it, although the actual interview is to be recorded on a laptop.

There are many editing software options, but I’m LOVING Filmora’s audio editing tool. I already owned Filmora Pro, having used it for short YouTube videos, but it’s ease of use makes it amazing to use for straight audio podcast editing. And, more importantly, I already owned it.

I found a type of cheat that we will be using for at least the near future. The Auphonic.com audio service is crazy amazing, automatically handling balancing, noise cancellation and compression of audio in what would have taken me hours manually doing with tools I don’t currently have. You lose the control of a full mixing experience, but if sound design isn’t your thing, the automation of Auphonic is remarkable, and I’m fairly certain my mixing wouldn’t have come out nearly as good. We uploaded a rough test recorded on a Tascam DR-40 four-track with two people using only the built-in condenser mics, and after running it through Auphonic that came out great. We’ll of course be using external mics, but it’s good to know audio recording directly on the Tascam with no mics is usable for easy remote interviews.

The content, however, is what it’s all about, and I’m excited about the topics we’ll be hitting. Check on back for updates on the process!