Nine Steps to Producing a Parcast Podcast

Part of the Parcast Team

Part of the Parcast Team

  1. Research- Our producers begin with broad research on the series’ subject—whether it be serial killers, unsolved murders, or remarkable people—and list potential stories. These ideas go over to our research team, who vet the cases/subjects to make sure there is enough historical information available (court transcriptions, interviews, video footage, books, library resources or newspapers, and other primary sources) and, most importantly, an interesting story to tell.
  2. Writing- The producers and research team give the research to the writer assigned to the case. The writer does their own, very extensive research and outlining before writing a first draft. The writer chooses which scenes will be dramatized and structures the suspense and delivery of information in each episode. The writer submits a first draft to the producers and senior writers, who provide creative development notes. The writer takes the notes and rewrites the script accordingly for clarity, accuracy and entertainment value. The writers and producers do four to six rounds of rewrites and notes before the script moves forward.
  3. Fact-Checking- In the final stages of rewriting, the research team fact-checks the scripts, ensuring we have sources for all of the factual information presented and making script adjustments if necessary.
  4. Script Breakdowns- The producers analyze the final script and create spreadsheets for production, find correct word pronunciations, and write character profiles.
  5. Casting- Our diverse and constantly growing acting team is considered for the parts available and actors are cast for each role. The booked actors receive scripts and character descriptions so they can prepare.
  6. Actor Preparation- The actors read the scripts, research their characters, and workshop voices and delivery.
  7. Tracking- Over two days, our audio engineers, producers and actors work together in our recording studio. The team discusses characters, direction, and acting choices as the actors perform their lines in our recording studio. The hosts sit down with the producers and audio engineers to record their narration as well.
  8. Sound design- Our sound designers select the best take of each line, and add in sound effects, audio clips, and music. We have a first version of the show, but it’s not done yet. The producers listen and work with the designers to tweak and finalize the episode. After two or three rounds of edits the episode goes live.
  9. Listening- You amazing people download the final product and enjoy!