Honors Capstone Project
Date of Submission
Capstone Prize Winner
Won Capstone Funding
Film and Media Studies | Radio
‘Transmission’ is a serialized radio drama released via podcast. It consists of ten episodes, ranging from 8-30 minutes in length. It is fully voiced, with music and sound effects. The plot concerns a lone astronaut who finds himself stranded on an alien world. At first, he is completely alone, but soon discovers that the planet is both inhabited and post-apocalyptic, with tribes of nomadic, human-like creatures moving through the ruins of a once great civilization. The astronaut must uncover the mystery of what happened to this alien world, while also surviving the many dangers that lurk in the ruins. The show is aimed to be an exciting science-fiction romp.
‘Transmission’ was created in the style of old radio dramas of the 1930s and 40s, shows like ‘The Shadow’, ‘Dragnet’, and (although it wasn’t serialized) Orson Welles’ radio adaptation of ‘The War of the Worlds’. Although radio and audio drama has fallen by the wayside somewhat, it is my intention to prove that audio drama can still be a vital medium for producing art.
To create ‘Transmission’, I wrote a script that incorporated dialogue, sound effects, and music. I then got actors to voice various parts, created and added sound effects to their dialogue, and hired a composer to write music to accompany the piece. I both produced and edited the episodes.
This has resulted in ten episodes of quality audio drama, with two and a half hours of content, which is on a CD that accompanies the work. I have also created a website for ‘Transmission’, and will release each episode to the wider public via iTunes.
It is my hope that ‘Transmission’ proves to be interesting, engaging, and most of all, fun to listen to.
To download and listen to Mark Sollinger’s Audio files, click this link:
Sollinger, Marc, "Transmission - A Radio Series" (2013). Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects. 14.
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