Episode 8.5: Your Baby's Ugly Workshop - Jessica Abel

Episode 8.5: Your Baby’s Ugly Workshop

This week, we’re critiquing work from the challenge from the Episode 8: Your Baby’s Ugly.

Dan Waldschmidt and Matthew Williamson just produced the pilot episode of a podcast called “Ordinary Heroes,” but they know they need a new point of view on it — time for an edit! Dan and Matthew bravely volunteered to go through an edit on the air with Ben, Matt, and me. We dig into who should narrate the story and how, the role of music in the show, whether we should explicitly lay out the message of the show, and more.

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Find us elsewhere on the internet:

I’m on Twitter @jccabel, Producer Benjamin is @BenjaminFrisch.

Besides our Soundcloud, we’re on Tumblr, Facebook, and Pinterest. We’ll be sharing some goodies and answering your questions—see you there!

Take a look around my website. Check out the great comics on Ben’s website. Find out more about experimental comics on Matt’s blog.

And check out Matt’s Soundcloud page, with music from the show and original songs.

This week’s challenge:

Get an edit. This is different from the challenge for episode 7, where I suggested that you do a focus session, which is editorial collaboration that  happens during the conceptual or writing phase of a project.

An edit is a critique, and it happens on an at-least-semi-complete draft of a piece.

Who we talked to this week:

Follow our guests on Twitter for more on their show. Thanks to Matthew Williamson and Dan Waldschmidt for volunteering their podcast “Ordinary Heroes” for our edit.

Next time on Out on the Wire

Our final episode of Season 1,  Episode 9: Work It, We get into how creative people make it work, money, family, everything.