Behind the Scenes: Focus on the Family’s Narnia Radio Dramas
The latest “Adventures in Odyssey” podcast on Whitsendblog.org is a small behind-the-scenes look at the making of Focus on the Family Radio Theater’s Narnia adaptations (order here). Writer/Director Paul McCusker and Executive Producer Dave Arnold are interviewed. Radio Theater is now back on the air, and they started with The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Here are a couple highlights:
Q: Guys, why are we kicking off with VDT?
Arnold: “Well, I think most people in our audience are aware of the fact that, coming up in December, the next Chronicles of Narnia film is being released. Number three, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. And so, it felt like the perfect tie-in to sort of lead up to the film. They can hear the more…accurate version [laughs] before they watch the film. Then they’ll know the things they got wrong [laughs].”
On creating sounds for the VDT radio drama:
Arnold: “I remember one of the most difficult portions of Dawn Treader that I had to create was the sequence where Eustace goes into the cave and becomes a dragon, and then eventually he tears the skin off so that he can be a boy again. I went out and bought big rows of ribs and started ripping the skin off of the ribs. Sometimes it sounded right and sometimes it sounded disgusting.”
Sound designer Nathan Jones reveals how they create armor and sword sound effects.
View the video here. (October 5)