Miss Fisher and her Mysteries are Back

Ms. Phryne Fisher, our favorite character from the Roaring 20s, thanks to her Australian TV series, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, is returning to action after a too-long interruption because of, well, we here at TVWriter™ believe it was because of terrible taste on the part of the executives who had been bringing the show to us which, we assume, created a lack of that little thing called production $$$.

The circumstances under which Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries left the air are as tangled and confusing as those which made possible production of Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears, a film intended for theatrical release early in March and for streaming at the end of March, but there’s an overview of the situation on IMDB HERE.

And for those who have loved and missed Essie Smith’s brilliant portrayal of possibly the best female hero ever to grace international TV – and those who have no idea what we’re talking about – here’s a trailer we think you’ll enjoy.

Hate to go all fanboy on you, but, “Squee!”

Bri Castellini & Undead Burrito Productions are at it Again – @brisownworld

We at TVWriter™ are big admirers of Bri Castellini and her partners in indy interweb and short film production, so it’s with great pleasure that we pass along the following message. (Oh, and, yeppers, we recommend Bri’s project to the max.)

Award-winning horror short about pyramid schemes launches crowdfunding campaign designed as a pyramid scheme
by Bri Castellini

Hi All,

Undead Burrito Productions is the producers of the award-winning horror short Buy In, a psychological horror short about lies, desperation, and multi-level marketing schemes, which seems like a project right up your alley.
Today we launched a crowdfunding campaign on Seed&Spark for distribution as well as for marketing purposes, designed as a multi-level marketing scheme itself to align with the themes of the film.
Here’s how Bri & Company see this new project shaking down:

Brooklyn, NY- The latest award-winning project by Undead Burrito Productions announces its online and NYC premiere with another announcement: a Seed&Spark crowdfunding campaign that hints at the themes of the film itself.

Buy In on Seed&Spark is described as an exciting new international community, where each time a pledge to the campaign recruits new pledges, they move up the leader board of top salespeople. If this sounds like a pyramid scheme, the co-writers of the film insist it’s just shaped that way.

Incentives for the campaign (outside of a place on their Buy In on Seed&Spark leader board for top salespeople) include an anti-capitalism propaganda poster, access to the film early, and, for just $666, associate producer credit on the film and immediate Platinum Executive Diamond membership status on the leader board.

Buy In is an award-winning psychological horror short about lies, desperation, and multi-level marketing schemes, which follows a charming young salesman and a strange, lonely traveler who find themselves locked in a struggle for control over their own destinies. Written by Colin Hinckley and Bri Castellini, directed by Bri Castellini, and starring Colin Hinckley, Marshall Taylor Thurman, and Mae Mitchell.

The film won the Spotlight Award at Stephenville Fright Fest in 2019, and was nominated for horror and acting awards at the Northern Horror Fest, VOB Film Festival, and the Northeast Film Festival Horror Fest. It will be available for rent or purchase on Amazon Prime on March 23rd, 2020.

About Undead Burrito Productions

Undead Burrito Productions is a Brooklyn, NY based collective of filmmakers known for the award-winning web series’ Brains (2015-2016), Sam and Pat Are Depressed (2017-present), and Relativity (2016) and short film Ace and Anxious (2016).

Bri Castellini is an indie filmmaker and Film Community Manager for Seed&Spark, a film crowdfunding platform, as well as an adjunct professor for two MFA programs. Watch the remarkable Ms. Castellini’s award-winning web series, Brains, HERE. See Sam And Pat Are Depressed HERE.


by Bob Tinsley

Why should you as a visitor to TVWriter™ be interested in making audio fiction? Why should you be interested in making podcasts? Discoverability, that’s why.

The meaning of the word podcast is evolving to include any episodic, audio-only production whether nonfiction or fiction. Agents and major studios have started trawling through podcasts and their creators for new content and talent. 

So here’s the latest news to help you and your podcast get discovered: 

Music from https://filmmusic.io
“The Builder” by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)


Somethin’ Else And Sony Music Announce New Podcast Venture.

Somethin’ Else, Britain’s leading independent audio producer, and Sony Music Entertainment today announce they have formed a new global content partnership to expand their development of podcast shows across multiple genres. The companies will pursue a range of new international podcasting opportunities including in the US where Somethin’ Else has opened an office in New York.

They don’t say much about the particular podcasts they intend to produce, but with Sony involved you know they’re going to try everything.



Cynthia Erivo to Star in Amblin Adaptation of the Carrier Podcast.

Amblin Partners bought the film rights to the QCODE fiction podcast, Carrier. Cynthia Erivo will star, reprising her role in the podcast. Carrier creator, Dan Blank, will write and direct the film. Erivo plays Raylene, a long-haul truck driver filling in for her sick dad. She picks up an off-the-books load that lands her in the kind of trouble that can get you dead. Some guy named Jeb Brody (that name sounds familiar), Amblin’s President of Production will oversee for the studio.



Tips and Tricks for Audio Drama Editing.

Editing audio files for audio drama has different goals than editing for nonfiction podcasts or music. This short article by Edward Champion gives you seven nice ways to improve your sound quality. Three of those ways are DAW-specific, but the others use techniques and free plug-ins that can be used in any Digital Audio Workstation.



Podcasting and California’s New Privacy Law.

A free whitepaper available from Chartable will tell you what you need to know about California’s CCPA and how it will affect you.



Why Your Podcast Definitely Needs A Website.

This article on Discoverpods by Frank Racioppi discusses why you, as a podcaster, fiction or nonfiction, need a website. I know, I know. I’ve just been through development hell getting my website ready. One more pain in the neck we don’t need, right? Wrong. Racioppi gives us 10 good reasons why a website is vital to our success.




This new podcast from the ubiquitous Wil Williams and Hug House Productions follows Liam Alden, the black-sheep scion of a tech giant who is robbing the world of magic. Yep, magic is a thing. But if you’re a magic user, a muse, you’d better be wearing a Halo so your magic doesn’t cause any trouble or hurt anyone. Not everyone is happy with the status quo, especially not Liam who must battle his own demons (himself, mostly) in order to be useful to the resistance.  Top quality production values and acting. Give it a listen.


Until next week, same Pod-time, same Pod-channel, keep listening and keep creating.

The “Down & Dirty” Yet Oh-So Clean Way to Create Your Podcast

Thank God for Audacity, the podcaster’s not so secret weapon.

A Studio At Your Fingertips: 5 Apps Teachers Are Using To Make Student Podcasts
by Diane Adame

Karen Keating’s eighth-grade English students at Lower Dauphin Middle School in Hummelstown, Pa., fire up their laptops and gather a bundle of snowball microphones. With the click of a mouse, their laptops become studios, and they’re ready to record.

Keating’s class is writing, producing and editing podcasts that they’ll submit to the NPR Student Podcast Challenge, and, like many teachers, Keating is using apps to help them make it happen.

As teachers and students around the country are working on their podcasts, we checked in with educators to see what digital tools they’re using.

The good news? Many of these apps are free. They’re also accessible. In many classrooms these days, teachers and students have their own laptops, Chromebooks or iPads. In many cases, the technology is already downloaded and, like Keating’s eighth-graders, students these days are pretty tech-savvy already.

All of which means teachers can focus on the substance — ideas, writing, narrative, editing — instead of process.

“I can spend time helping students develop their stories rather than explaining the app,” says Amanda Suttle, an English teacher who’s using the Anchor app to help her juniors and seniors get their podcasts in shape at Licking Valley High School in Newark, Ohio.

So, with several weeks still to go before the contest deadline, here are some of the apps and programs teachers told us they’re using. (Of course, we’re not endorsing these, we’re just sharing what we’ve heard from many of you)….

Read it all at npr.org

The Hudsonian talks about ‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’

Joshua Hudson AKA Josh Hudson AKA The Hudsonian returns with another review that we think you’ll find intriguing. We know we did.

by Joshua Hudson

So Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist popped up on my Hulu yesterday. After seeing a few people post about it and having some time to kill yesterday, I decided to check it out.

I don’t know why, but I thought this show was a comedy. Sadly, I only LOLed once — “I wish I could report this to HR” was funny in context when Zoey (Jane Levy) sees her coworkers break out into song and dance to DJ Khaled’s “All I Do Is Win”. Then I saw it was an hour and did a double take. So I rewatched it with a different set of eyes.

Then I saw the second episode.

I enjoyed it.

It feels original and reminded me a lot of one of my favorite episodes of Scrubs, “My Musical”. NBC really has a thing for song and dance in their shows. (Side note: I enjoyed Smash way back when.) The premise is simple: Zoey finds out that her father has succumbed to a rare neurological disease and her mother convinces her to get an CT scan to see if she is at future risk. The doctor puts on a playlist for her to listen to during the scan. Suddenly, an earthquake hits and now she hears people’s inner most thoughts– through song.

With her father unable to speak and communicate as a result of the disease, this little gift comes in handy because Zoey can “hear” him sing to her. She also uses it to get close to a coworker she’s had a crush on. The only person she’s able to talk to about this is her neighbor, Mo, a musical encyclopedia who surprisingly believes her. Their Odd Couple relationship is amusing, to say the least.

Peter Gallagher (Zoey’s dad) and Lauren Graham (Zoey’s boss) are the big names but they’re supporting players here. To the average audience, names like Jane Levy, Skyler Astin, Alex Newell, and John Clarence Stewart won’t resonate but they’re fantastic.

If you like singing and dancing, you’ll enjoy the show. If you don’t, enjoy the story of a female working in a man’s world (coding) and her journey towards balancing work and family. (Yes, the story is basic and overdone, but it works here.)

Turns out, something great can come from an earthquake. Who knew?

Thanks for this, Josh. Here at TVWriter™ we’re happily looking forward to your next review, and your next, and you…you know. (If that doesn’t care im off, nothing will!)