Saturday, June 13, 2015

What's in a name?


First off, My Life in the Shadow of The Twilight Zone: The Podcast is a really long and cumbersome name. My pal David J. Schow (author of The Outer Limits Companion, The Outer Limits at 50, The Crow screenplay, etc.) suggested I simply smoosh it down to The Twilight Zone Shadowcast, which I loved.... until I discovered that "Shadowcast" is already taken by not one podcast but two.
So I racked my brain for a new name. In a semi-drunken state I came up with The Twilight Zone RODcast or POD Serling. Then I sobered up and settled on two serious candidates: The Real and the Shadow and Between Light and Shadow. I polled a select few, and the latter won out. It was actually Fred from The Twilight Pwn podcast who summed it up best: 
I feel like "Between Light and Shadow" is definitely the better name. Just strikes me as more evocative. Also, having to use the definite article for the word "Shadow" strikes me as slightly confusing, like, is it a podcast about the radio drama "The Shadow"?
Between Light and Shadow: A Twilight Zone Podcast. Coming soon.




Friday, March 20, 2015

The Final Tally....


The Kickstarter campaign is over. Here's the final tally:


I'm really excited. I'll be back with more in a few days....

The Finish Line....


...is fast approaching. Here's where we are right now:





Sunday, March 15, 2015

Success!

Guys and Dolls (and everything in between):

I woke up this morning to find this in my email:


That's right, kids, the podcast WILL happen! (cue applause and wild, raucous cheering)

To those of you who pledged: this obviously couldn't have happened without you, and I am eternally grateful. Your donations constitute a faith in me to produce something worthwhile, a faith that I will try very hard to justify.

To those of you who didn't pledge: it's not quite over, so there's no reason why you still can't hop on board. Anything above the minimum goal will go toward hosting costs and, if there's a substantial enough overage, I'll be able to purchase additional equipment for mobile podcasting, which will allow me to work on the 'cast during my lunch hours at work, which will mean five extra hours a week I can devote to the project, which will mean MORE EPISODES (I'm tentatively shooting for a biweekly schedule, but I'd rather be able to release new episodes more frequently). So yeah, fence-straddlers--- if you've read and enjoyed my blog(s), and you're hungry for more content .... well, this is your chance to help augment my arsenal of tools and enhance my output, I mean, it's already gonna be pretty great... but I'd rather put something together that is truly amazing.

Not that the project as currently funded won't be. 'Cuz it will. Promise.

Stay tuned for updates. And again, thanks for making this dream a reality.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

David J. Schow's THE OUTER LIMITS AT 50 nominated for a Rondo Award!




Friend of this blog and Outer Limits scholar David J. Schow has been nominated for a coveted Rondo Award. Two, actually: one for his glorious Outer Limits at 50 book (which you can still get here), and one for his article in Screem Magazine, Issue #29, "Days of Future Past: Remembering The Outer Limits"(the very same issue in which Schow name-dropped this very blog, in the related article "The Outer Limits at 51"; as of this writing you can still get it here), and you should drop whatever you're doing and vote for him. In both categories, dammit.

The ballot is here. Do your civic duty, citizens!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Podcast Campaign Update


Well, thanks to a few generous folks, we've definitely made some progress toward our funding goal on Kickstarter (see here for details)... but we're not there yet, bugs and ghouls. I'm cautiously optimistic that we'll at least hit our minimum goal, which means that the podcast will become a reality. 

I've been working on crystallizing my concept for the podcast. I'm definitely moving away from the standard episodic review approach and developing something a bit more free-form. I'll certainly cover specific episodes (particularly my favorites) in some sort of individual or group discussion setting, but I also want to take full advantage of the aural possibilities of the podcast format and explore the music of the series (I have a Bernard Herrmann-heavy episode in mind, for example). I have quite a lot of Twilight Zone music in my collection to share....

If you're on the fence about donating... well, I can only promise that I'll produce something both informative and entertaining. You'll get your money's worth. And did I mention I'll do an occasional drunk show?  I did?  Well, it bears repeating. And hey, generous backers do get rewarded (see here for details).

Thanks for your consideration and support.



--- Craig


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Kickstart THIS.


Hey kids. I've already mentioned that my next blogging endeavor will be revisiting The Twilight Zone's brilliant first season in these pages... but I'm also working on something bigger.  Check it out:



The podcast will obviously be Twilight Zone-centric, but I'll touch on lots of other stuff too, like The Outer Limits, Star Trek, and.... well hell, just about everything else too. If my work in these pages (and over on my Outer Limits blog as well) have entertained and/or enlightened you, and if you feel compelled to participate in a grand scheme to bring it all to life in a new way.... well, donate freely (and generously). And I have some great reward items to, well, reward my benefactors.

Thanks!