Facebook Live: Ask a doc maker anything
The mind of a radio doc maker is a strange, at times confusing, but oh so interesting place ... so we invited you into the brains of three CBC doc creators with our first Facebook Live event!
The Current's Josh Bloch, Sleepover's Veronica Simmonds, and The Sunday Edition's Ira Basen share their storytelling tips. Learn how these producers take mere threads of a story and spin them into audio we can't turn away from.
Josh, Veronica and Ira answer the following questions …
- Where do you get your doc ideas?
- How do you get a pitch accepted, and make a doc happen at CBC? [Editor's note: for more info on how and where to pitch docs, check out The [unofficial] CBC radio pitch guide. You can always pitch doc ideas directly to, The Doc Project, Sleepover, Out in the Open, Ideas, or pitch ideas for shows or podcasts through the CBC Radio New Programs Department.]
- What is the pay like? [Editor's note: check out the current Canadian Media Guild freelance rates.]
- What is your recorder of choice?
- What is a doc you had to kill, and why?
- How many docs do you have on the go at one time?
- A doc that really stuck with you is ...?
Veronica — Diary of a Bad Year by Kelly McEvers. Veronica loves how intimate and revealing this doc is. It makes her think about the power of radio documentary, and how there are so many different styles of doc creation.
Josh — Break Up by Starlee Kine. The writing in this piece really pulled Josh in. He says it's such an amazing example of how to get someone you are interviewing to open up, even when they're Phil Collins!
Quick tips on doc production
Ira — Get somebody to talk about something while they're doing it.
Veronica — Always wear your headphones!
Josh — Think about how this is a radio story before you go into the field. How does sound work its way into the backbone of the story.
Inspired? We have loads more resources for first-time doc makers and audio storytellers.