The AIRdaily is a private community for AIR producers to find tape synchs, post (and read) calls for pitches and discuss the joys and frustrations of life as an independent producer—but the philosophical questions are sometimes where the conversations become most fascinating. Our members, unsurprisingly, are always up to amazing feats and willing to share the knowledge.
Last month, Martina Castro, podcast consultant and independent producer based in Santiago, Chile, posed a question that hits at the heart of many narratives: How to weave in and out of two storylines?
We’re reposting the conversation with permission from all parties:
Martina Castro: Hello AIR Brain trust!
I was recently asked for advice from a producer and for examples of said advice in action, and I was able to hand out the first but not so much the second. So I come to you and your brains for some help.
Basically, the producer wants to tell a love story. But this is no simple love story. It is at the center of a lot of complicated things, including gay rights, social upheaval over immigration, and a legal battle for asylum.
So my suggestion to her was to introduce the main character at the beginning, and tell us the love story in chapters, between which we would weave in and out of the plot surrounding this legal battle and therefore touch on the various issues at play.
So my question to ya’ll is: Have you heard examples of this structure or anything similar that could be useful to this producer?
Thanks so much in advance!
Randy Scott Carroll: The Cohabit does exactly this! There’s a love story at the center, broken up into chapters. In between those chapters is a separate narrative documentary about the changing landscape of relationships, including legal advancements and a segment on gay rights with Ann Friedman (host of Call Your Girlfriend) and comedian Lianna Carrera. Here’s a trailer. Best of luck!
Catherine Stifter: And here’s another story with gay marriage, immigration and migration themes that I did at CapRadio this year. AIR member (and CapRadio reporter) Julia Mitric co-created the piece Out Of The Shadows And Into Marriage.
Martina Castro: These examples are awesome, everyone! Thanks again!
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