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The team spent "many hours of hard work ... writing, recording, analyzing,
recording, more recording ... and many meetings". Yan concluded, "In
the end, we hope that you enjoy this audio production by a group of students
who worked together, disagreed, and pushed each other to make this as excellent
It is remarkable that the six high school students who wrote and produced this Reader's Theatre collaborated from Poland, Canada, and two states of the USA.
Upon hearing the audio files, Mr. N. exclaimed, "The final production was so expertly executed that I nearly wept at the exquisite beauty the project".
The team used their diverse strengths to write and produce Explorer Rendezvous in the following manner:
Yan Sim, Director (played Prince Henry)
Nathanael Stone, Script Writer (speaks some Polish which allowed a great accent for Peter the Great)
Lisa Brooks, Edited script for authentic grammar and directed vocal accents (speaks French, Queen Isabella)
Ashley Compaan, HTML Editor of Citation and Endnotes (played Elizabeth Cook)
Chris Poon, Co-Producer, mixed and equalized final audio clips of scene one (played Zheng He)
Abigail Temple, Co-Producer, mixed and equalized final audio clips of scene two (speaks French, played Josephine Bonapart)
As true trailblazers, they offer the following steps and suggestions to other Reader Theator teams in pursuit of excellence.
Steps (with approximate timelines):
1) We had a preliminary meeting to decide upon the topic and give roles to each of the participants
2) The script writers were given 2-3 weeks to write and finalize a script.
3) Recording was to be done during the following 3 weeks after the script was finalized. The audio sound files should be handed into the sound technicians as soon as possible, since many revisions of the audio files must be made. (i.e. tone of voice, emotion changes, and sound quality). Exact adherence to the script is unnecessary—on the contrary, impromptu lines can turn out to be the most memorable while recording. It is easier to change the script later to fit the audio track.
4) Throughout this entire procedure of recordings, the sound technicians should send out little sound clips of compiled lines of audio for the rest of the team to critique.
5) After the audio clips have been finalized, the sound technicians should compile the audio clips.
6) The final product of the clip should be emailed to Mr N. and the rest of the team to enjoy.
1) Appoint a director/coordinator to keep the project progressing smoothly.
2) Impose deadlines on yourself to allow for sufficient time to cope with problems with recording or other such technical difficulties.
3) Adhere to the deadlines *extremely important*
4) Make sure everyone has their specific job and possess the technical capabilities (especially sound technicians) as well as the desire for the job. If you don't like your part, you probably won’t give your best effort.
5) Constant communication with Mr. N. and the entire team is vital to the success of this project.
How to Record by Chris Poon:
(1) Open Sound Recorder
(2) Use a decent microphone and check your mouth-to-mic distance to avoid air puffs and/or peaking the volume. Record your own lines, pausing for a moment between lines (in order for your sound tech to later cut and sequence your audio file). One thing that I generally do before recording lines is read the line before mine, and then ask myself how would I respond to that? Then I go and record the line(s), stop the recording. Read the response(s), ask myself the same question, practice the lines a couple times, hit the record button again, and do another line. And so on...
(3) After length is between 25.00 and 28.00 seconds, STOP recording.
(4) Click File, Properties.
(5) Hit the Convert Now… button. Select CD Quality under the Name section. Hit OK. Hit OK again.
(6) Click File, Save As… save your sound file as [file name]. Attach
it in an email to your sound mixer technician.
In conclusion, we thank our teacher for being there to encourage and to snuff out flames of disagreement. We hope that you enjoy this rather short piece that represents hours upon hours of work.