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Remi Lavictoire is the creator and co-host of The Sci Fi Movie Podcast, which just celebrated its two-year anniversary.
The hosts take a critical approach to discussing science fiction movies. They talk about what works, what doesn’t work, the casting, how it performed at the box office, how it might have been better cast, and so on.
They also read listeners’ feedback from their Facebook group.
Rem got started in podcasting by assisting Cliff Ravenscraft (Hi, Cliff!) with his Lost podcast.
Later, Rem rediscovered podcasting and decided that science fiction movies would be a really good fit.
Rem has been a science fiction fan since he was a kid, watching films and TV shows such as King Kong vs. Godzilla, Ultraman, Johnny Socko and His Flying Robot, and Creature Features with Bob Wilkins. And then Star Wars happened!
When he started the show, he already had some of the equipment he needed, such as Adobe Audition (software). He also had to get:
Today, Rem plugs the ATR2100 straight into his computer and records into Audacity. Then he edits the show using Adobe Audition 3.
He also uses Auphonic line leveling software. He runs all of their shows through Auphonic and the files are automatically uploaded to Libsyn for hosting.
Dave Jackson set up their WordPress site and it uses the Libsyn podcast player. They use to use the PowerPress plugin for their player.
The shows are uploaded and available for listening or downloading on Tuesday afternoons.
For promotion, Rem likes to use the social media channels he uses personally. That means Facebook and a little bit of Twitter.
They have a Facebook group and fan page.
Future shows are promoted during the podcast and they ask for comments and questions.
You can also sign up for their newsletter on the website.
They like to have guests on the show to talk about the movies. Their first guest was Kevin Bachelder of the Tuning into SciFi TV podcast.
Seth Heasley of the Take Me to Your Reader podcast has been on the show.
Bringing on host from other shows gives the podcasters opportunities to cross-promote their shows.
Jason from The Walking Dead ‘Cast has also been on the show.
We talked about the original script written by Ted Eliott and Terry Rossio (Wordplayer.com) for the 1998 Godzilla movie. You can read it here. Much better than the movie Roland Emmerich made.
The Sci Fi Movie Podcast uses audio clips from the movies they discuss on the show. This requires more work to edit the podcast, but it sure makes the show more interesting to listen to.
The Sci Fi Movie Podcast Process
- Record the show. This takes an hour or so.
- Edit the show. Rem takes 4 to 5 hours to edit one show because of the audio clips.
- Post the show to the website. This takes an hour.
- Posting on social media.
- Must also keep up with listener emails.
Rem spends about 10 hours a week to make one podcast episode.
You must publish your podcast on a regular schedule. Your listeners will expect this and get discouraged if you don’t.
When Rem started his podcast, it sounded great. This is due, in large part, to the fact that Rem has an extensive background in commercial radio.
Most new podcasts do NOT sound great when they are new. There is a learning curve. So, don’t get discouraged if your show isn’t great when you start. It will get better!
Also, be aware that your voice will sound “weird” to you when you hear it recorded. Don’t worry – you’ll get used to it.
Be sure and check out the Podcastica podcast network.
Advice for new science fiction creators
- Decide on the story you want to tell. Find the thing that sings to you.
- Pick your medium
- Figure out where this will go in the future