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Basilisks Evil Eye (Book AD)

With this project, I decided to do a radio book ad where it gives a brief synopsis of what the story is. The story is not real and was just a quick summary I made up on the spot. I honestly regret choosing the mythological creature, the basilisk. That word set me back quite a bit. I had a hard time saying it when I was recording for some reason. I did about 5 or 6 takes of just saying the word basilisk alone.

Note to self: Never say the word basilisk for a recording again. It’s more trouble than it’s worth. Next time, use yeti or dragon!

Overall, I am pretty happy with my project. I think the music suits the fantasy theme of the book ad. The sound effects I think stayed pretty true to the theme as well. Maybe the evil laugh was a little bit cheesy but to be fair, there was not very many evil laughs that didn’t sound a little corny. This was the best one I could find. I also think the writing isn’t too bad  for something I wrote on the spot. I think it goes along with the traditional cheesy fantasy quest plot.

As far as my voice, I’m not too happy with it. Audiobooks or radio ads are definitely not my calling. Luckily, my voice isn’t recognizable.  How? Well fun fact, when I showed the recording to my partner Elliot, it took them two listens to even believe it was me. Elliot thought it was someone completely different. Hopefully others think the same.

Lastly, here’s my written synopsis if you would like to read it again:

An old threat rises in the land of Orlon when a mysterious and powerful warlock resurrects the basilisk once defeated from the ancient legends. Volos, the warlock is using the basilisks evil eye as a way of controlling individuals in his army. Its gaze can control, petrify, and even kill. Everyday the army grows larger as innocent creatures,humanoids, and people are being taken into the Tower of Ladon to be converted or some are willingly joining. The Tower of Ladon was dominated by Volos and is used as his base.It was once a monument to the heroes who sacrificed themselves in the older tales. His goal is to take over all of Orlon through fear and domination. The surrounding kingdoms are each sending one champion to all unite on a quest to ambush and defeat  Volos in secret while the rest if the  kingdoms come together to prepare for war.

Thanks for reading!

Selkie tale

I think I came at this project from a strange angle, my story was the last part to fall into place rather than starting with the story and going from there.

Since I have the funny accent I figured I should do something that incorporates that and that got me thinking about Celtic music and the sound of the ocean. So I took that idea and ran with it and that got me to Scottish folklore and the selkie mythology. There are many different tellings of the selkie stories with a lot of common threads so since I was trying to do something around the two minute mark I wrote my own variation on the theme that ties in a lot of the elements but  for the sake of brevity leaves out a lot of the exposition. Hopefully there are enough mythological tropes that it makes some sense.

The hardest part of this project was getting the reading of the story to sound decent, I think i did about 15 takes to get to this point and there are still some issues I think. I had a real problem with getting the speed right, I don’t exactly talk slowly so tried not to rush it which meant that my first few tries sounded vaguely like I was having a stroke then of course I went too far in the other direction! Interestingly my husband (American) told me I was laying the accent on thick, which I wasn’t aware of, but then my dad (Scottish) said I sounded like I was doing posh voice so I guess its all about perspective! I am pretty chuffed with how my music and effects worked out, just a shame about the reading.

To give those of you not familiar with the selkie myth a bit of background: common to Scotland and Ireland especially around the northern islands the mythology centers on creatures that can change form between seal and human. To change to human they remove their seal skin and then put it back on to become a seal. Many of the stories follow the theme that fishermen would steal selkie skins which they were in their human form (most commonly selkies are female) and then essentially hold the human form hostage. If you want a much better telling than mine check out Song of the Sea a sweet little animated movie based on Selkie stories.

By: Fiona Harlan