Angel Between the Lines

A fan audio drama that tells what happens between the seasons of Angel

Please Nominate Us at the PodcastAwards!

Posted by Tabz On November - 7 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

The Podcast Awards, which is kind of like the Oscars for podcasting, just opened up for nominations. We’d love if you could nominate Angel Between the Lines for the Entertainment category!

Click here to visit the site: http://podcastawards.com/

Thanks so much!
Only one vote per person and do not nominate us for both best produced and people’s choice!

ABtLS1Ep007 – Hide & Seek

Posted by Tabz On November - 4 - 2010 2 COMMENTS


By Ryan Bovay
Wesley’s search for Angel continues, leading him to an “old friend”.

Cast
Wesley – Ryan Stevenson
Connor – Claus Holm
Justine – Valina Cutler
Lilah Morgan – Bing
Otto – Jeremy Osborne
Carl (Bartender) – TIm in Houston
Julia – Melia Gleason
Diana – Scarlett M.
Hawkins – Robin Burdge
Mason – Rich Rogers
Wolfram & Hart Commando #1 – Robin Hudson
Wolfram & Hart Commando #2 – Kent LaFavers
Wolfram & Hart Commando #3 – Logan Zoltan
British Vampire – Alex Gilmore
Eric the Vampire – Andy Gavin

Editors
Faith the Vampire Slayer, SamVortex, Robyn Laider,, Liane U., CWorthington, Robin Hudson, Valina, Mandy Khoshnevisan, Crystal, Emma Rawlin, Heidi Jenkins, Kent LaFavers, Alex Gilmour, Kim Butler, Paul Maki, Rich Rogers, Doug Manning, John Noble, Jose C., and Edwyn Tiong.

SFX Finders
Liz, Rick Castello, Deb Bartram, Glen Bartram, Suzi, Dan, Andy King, and JoAnna Lynne.

QC Team
Volo, Kerstin, Heidi Jenkins, Melissa A. Bartell, Scott W., Garrett J., Faith the Vampire Slayer, Siobhan, JoAnna Lynne, Kinsey Swartz, Susie the Southern Geek, Charlie, Jkalderash, Emma Rawlin, PwrQuad, Tabitha Grace Smith, Kim Butler, and Ryan .E. Stevenson.

ABtLS1 Lorne’s Vegas Program

Posted by Tabz On October - 17 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

Feature Post: The World of QC

Posted by Okelay On October - 14 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

quality controlBetween the Lines Studios produces many podcasts on a variety of topics, albeit nearly all Whedon-related. For the podcast-in-production of “Angel Between the Lines”,they’ve created a new department called “Quality Control,” This is a process which has long been used in fabrics in order to test products before public comsumptioon. They basically do what it says on the tin, their job consists of listening to and evaluating scenes from the simple to the complex, until an entire episode has been completed.

QC is an experiment. It is an effort to streamline the production and alleviate some burden, especially from the producers since it falls in them to make sure everything’s perfect before it is released. However, like any human, they aren’t flawless. It happens to everyone, someone posts something only to realise a tiny little mistake has been overlooked. Nobody is perfect, and our eyes and ears play tricks on our minds.

That’s why extra ears become quite helpful. As with any task too big for one, it is divided into small,manageable portions, so as to not overwhelm the workers and so they can rely on each other.

Like in Editing, QC is divided into three categories: basic,intermediate and advanced. They do similar tasks, but the higher levels perform more complex ones. The scenes they listen to are longer, have been more produced, include more people, etc. The choice of the QCers and the levels they work on depends on previous experiences and skills, such as if the person has done voice work in the past, if they’ve edited, or have any podcasting experience. It is also important to see if the person has particular listening abilities. Everyone has their skills and sharper senses. Those whose ears are their strong points, find their skills of great use in podcasting.

The process is fairly simple. After the script has been written and lines voiced and uploaded, there’s some basic editing to basically put scenes together. At this point the first round of QCers come in. They’re all asked to wear headphones because it is easier to concetrate and the sound is better. It’s not a process to be done while paying attention to something else.

While listening to a scene, they should have a questionnaire and the script to answer simple and rather obvious questions such as whether or not all the lines are present and files are correctly named. It’s incredible how many obvious things are overlooked and therefore it is important to check that they are there.

After these questions have been answered, it’s time to move onto other aspects like the voice and the sound. Lines must be clear and at a decent volume. There can’t be distracting noises in the background, and the voice shouldn’t sound muffled or electric, but natural. In higher levels they must also check the state of sfx and the music. A recommendation when listening is that it mustn’t sound cartoonish,because this is a serious piece, not a comedy. Also, usually less is more. Too much sfx or loud music can ruin a moment. They must add to the atmosphere without being distracting.

It is after this questionnaire that the QCers decide if the piece passes or not and write down notes and suggestions for the actors and editors. If the piece doesn’t pass, it is sent back to the editors with notes. They try to see if it can be done a different way or with another take and if it doesn’t work, it is sent back to the actor to re-record.

Each QCer has a certain degree of flexibility regarding approval or rejection of a piece, but they’re also asked to show some lenience towards the scenes. They can’t all be perfect and it is possible to become overzealous and reject good pieces for tiny errors. One can also be too lax and let flawed pieces through. It can all be very subjective, which is why there is a team, since it is a team effort like the entire podcast.

Since it is on an experimental phase, it isn’t strictly defined and is still subject to change. So far it has turned out to be a rather good idea. This people have become a kind of ‘beta-listener’ for podcasts and are set to become an essential part of the BTL machinery.

ABTLS1BTS004 – Interview with Nancy from Must be Tuesday

Posted by Tabz On October - 10 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

Join Tabz and Kim as they inteview Nancy from Must be Tuesday as she talks about “Before You Go”, the single from Episode 6.

Links:
Must Be Tuesday
What Would Neil Patrick Harris Do? YouTube
Please Mr. Marsters YouTube
Download Free MP3s of her songs at MustBeTuesday.com
Follow Nancy Twitter

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ABtLS1Ep006 – Script for Know When to Fold’m

Posted by Tabz On September - 2 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

by Beth Nelson & Sue O’Donovan
Cover art by Mike Gallagher

Lorne is pressured to work for DeMarco, selling futures on the demon stock exchange. While it may seem Lorne is getting everything he’s ever wanted – he winds up losing more than he gained.

ABTLS1Ep005 – Script for Know When to Hold’m

Posted by Tabz On August - 21 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

by Beth Nelson & Sue O’Donovan
Artwork by JDubs

Lorne has a small lounge act in Vegas and things seem to be going fine. Unfortunately, no one told Lorne that what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.

This script is in PDF format and should be easy to read on any computer. If you can’t read it you’ll need a free PDF reader such as Adobe Acrobat

ABtLS1Ep006 – Know When to Fold Them (Part 2)

Posted by Tabz On August - 11 - 2010 5 COMMENTS


by Beth Nelson & Sue O’Donovan

Lorne is pressured to work for DeMarco, selling futures on the demon stock exchange. While it may seem Lorne is getting everything he’s ever wanted – he winds up losing more than he gained.


Featuring the BRAND NEW song “Before You Go” by Must be Tuesday!
Visit www.mustbetuesday.com for free mp3s and more!

Lorne- Glen Bartram
Bruno- Jason Northrop
Carlos- JDubs
DeMarco- Paul Maki
Evie- Mandy Khoshnevisan
Margo- Faith the Vampire Slayer
Erin- Cliss
Mario- Tim in Houston
Announcer- Edwyn Tiong
Lornettes- Jen and Kim the Comic Book Goddess
Girl in Crowd- Volo
Frank- Rick Castello
Angel- Clay Robeson
Dean- Henry Truong
Sammy- JDubs
Joey- Robin Burdge
Peter- Ryan E. Stevenson
Bugsy- Gene Wilburn
Cordelia- Lisa T.
Nina- Rose
Woman in Crowd- Michelle
Crowd- Ellie B., Kinsey Swartz, and Nathaniel Hutchinson

Editors

Faith the Vampire Slayer, SamVortex, Robyn Laider,, Liane U., CWorthington, Robin Hudson, Valina, Mandy Khoshnevisan, Crystal, Emma Rawlin, Heidi Jenkins, Kent LaFavers, Alex Gilmour, Kim Butler, Paul Maki, Rich Rogers, Doug Manning, John Noble, Jose C., and Edwyn Tiong.

SFX Finders
Liz, Rick Castello, Deb Bartram, Glen Bartram, Suzi, Dan, Andy King, and JoAnna Lynne.

QC Team
Volo, Kerstin, Heidi Jenkins, Melissa A. Bartell, Scott W., Garrett J., Faith the Vampire Slayer, Siobhan, JoAnna Lynne, Kinsey Swartz, Susie the Southern Geek, Charlie, Jkalderash, Emma Rawlin, PwrQuad, Tabitha Grace Smith, Kim Butler, and Ryan .E. Stevenson.

Behind the Scenes: Musician Feature – Amy Engelhardt

Posted by Tabz On August - 10 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

Editor’s Note: In Episode 5 we played the awesome song “Are You Dead or Undead”, and we loved it so much that we asked Amy to tell us a bit about her song:

I was always a big Buffy fan. One night after watching an episode, I just jumped up and started singing “Are You Dead or Undead?” It sounded like something the Scooby Gang would dance to at The Bronze.

I went downstairs to the piano, tweaked the chords and was done. I mean, what more is there to ask? ARE YOU DEAD OR ARE YOU UNDEAD? was slated to be part of a BUFFY-inspired stage production in the early 2000’s that didn’t happen. So it’s on my solo album…

Click here to buy Amy’s album (with “Are You Dead or Are You Undead”) on iTunes.

BIO:

AMY ENGELHARDT has been the sole female member of Grammy-nominated vocal band without instruments, The Bobs since 1998. Her writing, arrangements and vocals are featured on The Bobs’ CDs Coaster (2000), The Best of The Bobs (2003), Rhapsody In Bob (2005), Get Your Monkey Off My Dog (2007), concert DVDs LIVE AT THE 20th CENTURY (1998), THE BOBS SING! (2001) and a recent documentary about The Bobs, SIGN MY SNARLING MOVIE (2007). Amy’s solo CD, Not Gonna Be Pretty was nominated for two 2009 Just Plain Folks Music Awards.

Vocal credits include Jim Henson’s Animal Jam, Barbra Streisand’s Timeless concerts, Harry Shearer and Judith Owen’s Holiday Show at Walt Disney Concert Hall (LA), NPR programs West Coast Live, Mountain Stage, and E-Town, special material for Minnesota Public Radio with The Bobs and The Doctor Demento Show, Neil Young’s Living With War, and Jill Sobule’s Letting Go of God (produced by Don Was).

Her theatrical writing credits include: Lyrics: CARL SAGAN’S CONTACT and NICHOLAS NICKLEBY (World Premieres, CenterStage). Music/Lyrics: A COMEDY OF ERAS (ACT, Seattle, with the Flying Karamazov Brothers), THE SHERIFF AND THE SHARIF and THE ROAD TO URANUS (with the Flying K’s in Eugene, OR), THE NEW NORMAL (World Premiere, Los Angeles). Special Musical Material: HOLLYWOOD NURSES (Chashama, NYC), THAT SINKING FEELING (The Free Associates, Chicago), THE EGG GAME (The Present Company, NYC). Musical Director/Arranger: DRUNK WITH LOVE: A TRIBUTE TO FRANCES FAYE (World Premiere, New Conservatory Theater, San Francisco, Manhattan Area Cabaret Award Winner).

Learn more about Amy and her music at the following websites:

www.myspace.com/iaremusic

www.myspace.com/thebobsmusic

www.coldfoot.net

Feature Post: Interview with Glen Bartram (Lorne)

Posted by Crystal On July - 31 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

1. Tell us about your audition experience. Did you plan on auditioning specifically for Lorne, or was the role one of many you tried out for?
 
I auditioned for EVERYTHING! I have been a big fan of BBtL and just really wanted to get involved somehow. Actually, now that I think of it, I didn’t audition for Gunn. Just didn’t think I’d be able to pull that off. “Know your limits.”
    
 
2. Just before the cast was announced, you learned that the originator of the role, Andy Hallett, had passed away. How did you feel when you learned you’d been cast in this role?

WOW! I mean, I wanted the part of Lorne pretty bad, but after he died, and I got the part… just a very bittersweet experience. I started watching Angel pretty late in the series, and was always hoping I’d get to see him find another role after Angel ended. It just goes to show you how important it is to really get out there and LIVE! He was taken from us far too early.
Andy…This is for you man!
 
 
3. The role of Lorne is music – heavy. Tell us about your own musical background.
 
Actually, I have been doing amateur theatre for about 20 years, and most of that has been in musical comedy. I really love performing, and singing in public. Some of my favorite roles have been Nicely-Nicely in Guys and Dolls and The Baker in Into The Woods. I especially love shows by Stephen Sondheim (One of Joss’s faves too.) I am really looking forward to this part, because Lorne has such a distinctive, and “balls-out” vocal style. Can’t wait to make with the singin!!
 
 
4. How does it feel to have your own special back up crew of Lornettes?
 
I haven’t recorded the lines with the Lornettes, but I really can’t wait to get into it. Just hope my real life wife understands. 🙂 

5. What did you to prepare for the audition? For your own lines?

I watched a lot of the Angel Episodes where Lorne sang. Even though the audition called for a song from OMWF or Dr. Horrible, I thought initially about doing a part of Lady Marmalade from the Vegas episode instead just to be different. Then I started to look at the song that Sweet sings in OMWF, and I thought that Lorne would really dig that song and that he’d really be able to sell it. When doing the lines, it takes me a couple of tries at it to “build up” the energy to Lorne’s level. He’s such a great character, and the dry sense of humor he often displays is fun to do. 
 
6. Have there been any lines/scene that were difficult to act?

Again, we haven’t really gotten to the episodes where Lorne is really featured. But I can’t wait to get the scripts where he first meets with Lee DeMarco. THAT’S a relationship that deserves some background. How they first got in “business” together before everything went south for Lorne. And that gets into what is so great about the Between The Lines projects is you get to have some of those details filled in. (It may not be canon… but who cares?!?)
 
 
7. Do you have a favorite moment in Angel the Series involving Lorne? In ABtL?

Oh, geez! Tons of ’em! I think the episodes where Lorne goes back to Pylea are some of his best moments. Imagine acting as a severed head! And I love his commentary on the goings on during the “Spin the Bottle” episode. Funny… and yet… a bit regretful. I think his best moment though was his last in the TV series where he has to kill Lindsey. I mean, he’s a demon… but killing, and betrayal is really not in him. He’s really the one who has to take one for the team, and it shows in his last line, “G’night, folks.”
 
 
8. Are there any projects or messages you’d like to share with our audience? 

I currently don’t have anything else in the works. However I increasingly interested in the experiences that audio and video podcasting has to offer, and I am playing around with some concepts (serial comedy, Steampunk), etc. that I might be able to develop into something.
I am also trying to break into screenwriting, and I have a half completed screenplay for a Spike movie that I’m working on. If anyone’s interested in hearing more about one or the other, check out my website (125productions.biz) or email me at glen.bartram@gmail.com
















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