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Delay to series 2 – sorry folks

If you are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Blackhaven’s second series of podcasts, entitled “The Iceberg Bubble,” unfortunately you will have to be patient a while longer.  We had hoped to have another 4 episodes in the can by now, but we’ve had to delay.  And here’s why:

Basically the cast and crew have made the decision that we will aim to equip our own recording studio here in Cromarty, and do all the recording, sound-engineering and editing ourselves – rather than outsourcing this to a studio in Inverness as we did for series one.   Hiring a studio and a professional engineer costs about £250 per ep, and that would be unsustainable for us.  Needless to say we are all volunteers here – none of us is getting paid.  And we want to keep the podcasts free for our audience to download.  So we want to be able to do all the post-production ourselves.  It’s also in keeping with the whole feeling of it being a community project.

What this means is, we have to go through the business of applying for funding to grant-aiding bodies.  To this end we have become constituted as Blackhaven Productions (without this organisational formality no-one would be prepared to award us anything).  And the applications process takes months before we’ll know if we have been succesful.

Meanwhile we have brought on board another member of our team, who is actually qualifed in sound-engineering, and who is going to be giving us some tutorials in the arcane arts of editing and making FX etc.

All fine and dandy, I hear you cry – but when will we be able to hear the next series?  Well, how long is a piece of string?  All I can tell you at this stage is we are proceeding methodically and are fixed upon our goal.  But we may be looking at the end of 2019 before the first ep of “The Iceberg Bubble” hits the air.  We think it will be worth the wait.  But you will be the judges of that.

Meanwhile, if you are a subscriber, you should get an email notification as and when new eps appear.  So that’s a good idea, eh?  It cost you nothing to subscribe and keeps you in the loop.  Go on, you know you want to…

2 Comments

  1. Diana Hamilton-Jones
    Diana Hamilton-Jones 11th August 2019

    I have suffered many sleepless nights knowing there is a nasty bod wandering the murky streets of Blackhaven up to no good and keeping us all on tenterhooks! I hope funding will be found soon so that we can hear about his/her arrest and once again rest easy in our beds!
    Please keep me posted!

  2. Seymour Strangely
    Seymour Strangely 11th August 2019

    Hi Diana

    thanks for contacting us at Blackhaven. The situation currently is that we have been trying, so far unsuccessfully, to obtain grant-funding for studio fees to make the next series of the show. We have now decided instead to buy some kit ourselves, enough to make the recordings here in Cromarty (which is sort of twinned with Blackhaven..). I have just been installing the computer and recording software this week in fact. The scripts for 4 new eps are written and ready to go. This is progress of a sort, but we still need to learn a lot about sound engineering and inevitably it’s a much slower process than simply going to a professional studio and paying experts to do the job. Our plan is to convene the cast in October, record the voices, subsequently add the music and FX and do the post-production stuff when we can. To be honest, we are probably looking at next year before the new series (“The Iceberg Bubble”) will be available.

    Another possibility is that we record some simpler/quicker material in the meantime – I have some sketches and monologues involving the Blackhaven characters and the history of the place – so watch out for that too.

    The difficulty with any production involving many people is organising and co-ordinating everyone’s efforts. Sorry to try your patience, but it’s frustrating for me too! Anyway, thanks for your comments and best wishes. Meanwhile, I don’t wish to alarm you, but there is every possibility that further nefarious and fatal events will transpire in Blackhaven. I’m afraid it’s just that sort of place..

    Seymour

    PS you may wish to know that there is now a range of merchandise available on http://www.redbubble.com featuring Blackhaven (two different motifs in fact.) There are mugs, T-shirts, posters, etc! Just go to redbubble’s website and search for Blackhaven.

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