Thursday, August 28, 2014

AIO Blogcast Radio Dramas Now On SoundCloud

Summer is almost at an end, but we still have more fun to have in the Wildest Summer Ever! You may recall that while we still made the AIO Blogcast, we created 3 different radio dramas for special episodes. We had people like Phil Lollar, Kevin McCreary, and Garrett Vandenberg star on them along with us and some of our friends. We had a lot of fun making them. However, some of the shows were in really long episodes or people weren't sure what they were. You could only hear them by going back and finding them in the archives.

Until now.

All of our productions have been re-released on SoundCloud! They are now standalone features and easier to listen to. If you haven't heard any of these, we think you're in for a real treat...and a whole lot of laughter. If you have heard them already, we're sure you'll enjoy them hearing them again.

And as for if and when we'll make new full length drama? Well, all we can say we have some really exciting ideas. If we start moving forward with them, you'll be the first to know!


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Lyrics Video for "Do You Want to Have Adventure?"

We had a lot of fun making Do You Want to Have Adventure? earlier this summer. Apparently, so did you guys considering we have over 80 listens on SoundCloud. Well, we thought it would be fun to make a lyrics video for you (and us) to sing along with. Below is the end result.

Happy singing!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Interview with Marshal Younger

It's been awhile since we've recorded anything for you guys. Well, we're back with another interview for the Wildest Summer Ever! This time it's with Marshal Younger, writer and former producer/director for AIO. We asked him questions about the future of Kidsboro, playing the young Jack Allen, the inspiration for The Holy Hoopster, Lamplighter Theatre, and a lot more. We hope you enjoy it!

Also, for the first time, we are including a link in the video description to the audio only version of the interview. We know some of you may not have time or be able to watch the videos. We'll be updating our other interview videos (not including the live interviews) with links to the audio in the coming days!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Daring Deeds & Star Trip Wallpapers

Remember when Facebook was the social network to be on and how there were a lot of exclusive stuff you could only find there? We do. Our first social network for the AIO Blog was Facebook and we did several exclusive things for the people who liked our page. However, we started other social network sites and made things available for pretty much everyone on Facebook, along with Twitter and Google Plus.

One of those things was exclusive wallpapers. For a long time, that was the only place to get them. Now, as a part of the Wildest Summer Ever, we are re-releasing those wallpapers for everyone to see and use! We made one of the most popular album artworks, Daring Deeds, Sinister Schemes. The second and last one we did.was a special Star Trip wallpaper using the artwork from Back on the Air. We hope you enjoy them!

Instructions: Click on the thumbnail, right-click the image, select Set as Background and there you have it!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Back Cover, Episode Titles, & New Summary for Album 58

Album 58 is almost here! With it being so close to the official full release, we now know pretty much everything about it. First, we have an updated summary that tells us more about what kind of story we'll hear.

Who knew that a comic-book convention, a poster, and a pastoral visit could cause so much drama in Odyssey? Wooton’s got his hands full with a notorious blogger after announcing the creation of a new comic book idea—and he has to deal with a wayward cousin. Whit refuses to join in a local festival and finds himself in a citywide tug-of-war between conviction and compromise. And the unexpected return of various relatives and former adversaries triggers complications for Connie, Eugene, and the rest of the Odyssey gang. It’s the perfect blend of excitement, comedy, and important life-lessons in this special 14-episode collection!

As noted in the summary, we know that this album will not just have 12 episodes, but 14! This is a first for Odyssey. Not only that but all 14 episodes will have the same title from The Ties That Bind, Part 1 to The Ties That Bind, Part 14.

Lastly, we get a look at the back cover of the album.

Looks like we're going to have a great new story arc to enjoy. Are you excited? We sure are!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Do You Want to Have Adventure?

The Wildest Summer Ever is back! Ever wanted to hear a parody of a song from Frozen about AIO? Well, now there is! We are pleased to present our version of the popular song Do You Want to Build a Snowman?, Do You Want to Have Adventure?. We had a lot of fun writing this song and we really appreciate Victoria Francis singing it for us.

We hope you enjoy it and make sure to share this with your friends!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Official Podcast 201

We finally get to hear an interview with the actor who plays a fairly new Odyssey character that we don't hear from very often, Red Hollard! Steve Eastin talks with Bob & Jesse about his dramatic birth, various roles he's played, and of course, about working on Odyssey. You can listen to it now!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Watch the Live OdysseyFan Museum Tour

If you missed yesterday's Google Hangout with OdysseyFan, don't worry. You can watch the video from the live broadcast right now. In it, Dan Cline shows us around his personal AIO collection with many different and rare items. This video also serves the purpose to help Dan get inducted into the Guinness World Records for owning the largest collection of AIO merchandise. If you're a die-hard fan and/or wanting to start your own collection, then this will be a great reference for you.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Interview with Tracy Lyn Holland

As we continue the Wildest Summer Ever, we would like to share an interview we recently did with the multi-talented Tracy Lyn Holland. For those of you who don't know who she is, she is the creator and star of her own YouTube channel, Adventures in Editing. Tracy acts out scenes from Adventures in Odyssey playing all the characters herself. She's done nearly 50 videos with scenes from the Novacom Saga, Over the Airwaves, BTV-Temptation, and many more!

Usually we have audio or video interviews, but a text interview worked better this time making this the first time we've done an interview this way. In the interview, Tracy talks about when she first started acting, creating AIE, and about her upcoming radio drama series.


Austin: When did you first hear Adventures in Odyssey?

Tracy: I honestly can't remember a time when I didn't know Adventures in Odyssey! For as long as I can remember, it was the soundtrack to my childhood, and it's hard to imagine that I, at one time, didn't know Whit, Connie, and Eugene. The best estimate I can guess for when I first heard an episode was between 5 and 8.

Tasha: Who would be your favorite Odyssey character?

Tracy: The first character that came to mind at this question is Judah, from the Back to Bethlehem series. No, he wasn't a regular or recurring character after those three episodes, but he was such an interesting character! I loved how passionate he was and how real he felt. Monica Stone too! But as for a regular character, Wooton has always amused me, and his sincere love for the Lord made his character so much more than just the goofy comic relief. He has so much heart. But that's the same for Connie and Eugene and Jason! Whit, Bernard, Tom... they're all wonderful, and I truly couldn't pick just one.

Austin: When did you know that you wanted to act?

Tracy: I'm afraid I can't put a date on that either. It was sort of a gradual thing that I developed interest in. Since I was young, I would watch any and all Behind the Scenes features on movies or TV shows and I would just soak up everything I saw. I loved learning about camera angles and actor's marks and sets and script writing and every little detail that went into a production, and finally, in early 2009, I bought a video camera for myself and that very night I was filming a favorite scene from the AIO episode Sheep's Clothing. It was terrible, but immediately I was hooked! The next day I edited it together and then I started to see that I could use the split-screen feature and from then on, I taught myself more and more about how I could make my videos look better. At first, all I cared about was getting the lip syncing on, but soon I started to use more wigs, different camera angles, outfits, and sets. The project sort of took on a life of its own and now each production feels like a mini movie. But I wouldn't have it any other way! I've been able to do so much more than 'just' acting and my love for acting has developed because of it.

Tasha: How did you come up with the idea to make your YouTube channel, Adventures in Editing?

Tracy: By the time I created AIE, I'd already made a few Odyssey videos and had uploaded them to my Facebook account. My family and friends seemed to be amused by them and their feedback encouraged me to go a step further and put them online for other Odyssey fans to see. It was such a thrill for me to receive positive feedback from other people who knew those characters so well! Basically I wanted to have the opportunity to interact with other fans and I had hoped that maybe, by publishing the scenes, the people behind AIO might see them. And they did, which still blows me away.

Austin: What is you favorite kind of scene to act out?

Tracy: I have done several scenes that are pretty simple, so I really enjoy ones that challenge me more, either with a difficult set or a lot of dialogue or emotional content. In fact I've found myself searching out scenes that will be more challenging because I think the more I put into it, the more the audience gets out of it. So if I had to choose one favorite, I would definitely choose an emotional scene. Whether it's happiness, anger, sadness, or something quiet just below the surface, I love the challenge of adapting myself to the emotion that the character is feeling.

Tasha: What all goes into making one of your videos?

Tracy: The process begins when I hear a scene that I think would be great to film. Once I know which characters I'm going to film, I either come up with the look for a character that I've never played before or I check back on how I portrayed a character in the past, to make sure the look (wig, costume type, facial hair, if necessary, etc.) is the same, and then I start on the set. Sometimes that can be as simple as moving some stuff out of the way so I can have a clean background, and sometimes it can be as difficult as moving furniture out of my room, taping wallpaper to the portion of the wall that will be filmed, and bringing in new furniture and props. Set design has quickly become one of my favorite parts of production, though sometimes it can be a real challenge to try to make something appear new when really I've filmed in the same spot several times! When I'm ready to film, I set up my cameras, do some checks to make sure I'm in the frames, the lighting is good, and then I usually hit record and see how the first take goes. The first take almost never gets used because it's my chance to test movements and props. Once I've figured out the 'choreography' for a scene, I do the same for every take, so I have to make sure that I really like it. Usually a few takes in I will do something that feels right and the first handful of takes are useless because I've changed something. Making a small change mid-production for a character can suddenly make the character feel more real and natural, and that's a great feeling. After each character's takes are filmed, I pretty well immediately set to work on editing. Editing can take anywhere from one hour to several hours, depending on the type of editing involved. The whole process of setting up for a scene, costuming, filming, and editing usually takes no less than 6 hours. It can be very exhausting, but the finished product almost always makes it worthwhile!

Austin: Do you have a favorite video you have done?

Tracy: It's pretty rare for me to upload a new scene and not think 'this is my best one yet!', so forgive me for following that pattern. Ha ha. The last scene that I filmed was from the episode Amazing Grace and it was a simple looking scene between a young woman and her father. I say simple looking, and not just simple, because I spent a lot of time researching and creating the costumes, moving my room around, and then developing the set. And because of the effort that went into it, I'm so proud of it. Also, the father in the scene was by far the best performance I've given for a male character thus far, in my opinion. The wig, costume, and props helped make the scene so real and when the situation feels right, acting can be incredibly effortless. So when I see that scene, I see all that went into it and I'm extremely pleased with it.

Tasha: What has been the most rewarding thing to happen to you by making these videos?

Tracy: Because of AIE, I was able to get in contact with several writers, producers, and actors from Odyssey and talking to them has been such a pleasure! They are all incredibly kind and encouraging people, and I value every conversation I've had with them. And I would have to say that the most rewarding moment of talking to them was when Katie Leigh invited me into the studio with her and other actors via Skype. I talked to them, watched them as they watched my scenes (seeing their reactions was priceless!), and was even able to sit in during a recording session for an Odyssey episode. It was an experience I'll never forget!

Austin: Could you tell us about the new show you're working on?

Tracy: Absolutely! I am currently in the process of producing (writing, directing, casting, sound and music design, etc.) an original audio show called Witnesses, which gives listeners the chance to hear stories about Jesus from the perspective of individuals who met Him, were healed by Him, or who encountered Christ in a life changing way. Writing the scripts thus far has given me such a beautiful view of my Lord and I truly hope that the effect the show has had on me will be felt by others. To quote myself: "The greatest goal a Christian could hope to achieve is to change how people see their faith in a positive and fresh light; to take old stories and make them new. My mission with this series is inspiration, revelation, and ultimately to present Jesus as an interesting, charismatic, loving, kind, gentle Man who had the greatest purpose of all, yet daily stopped to help the least of these."

And the official synopsis for Witnesses is as follows:

"Witnesses is an audio drama about the experiences of people who had direct contact with Jesus; intimate stories of real people, told in their own words.

It is easy to rush over stories in the Bible, carelessly ignoring the people and events because we know what happens. But imagine how the stories felt to experience when the outcome wasn't clear! What was it like for the shepherds when the angel appeared and they were told to leave their sheep and find the Baby? How did the woman caught in adultery feel when she heard the life changing words "Then neither do I condemn you"? What went through Peter's mind when Jesus told him that Peter would betray Him that very night?

Step into the familiar time period, strap on your sandals, stretch your legs, and head off in search of eye witnesses to the greatest story ever told."

The first episode (you can hear a preview of one of the scenes here) tells the story of a shepherd who was given a glimpse of Heaven the night that Jesus was born, and the character, Phillip, is portrayed by the incredibly talented Phil Lollar, a name and voice many Adventures in Odyssey fans will recognize! It was/is SUCH a pleasure to hear Phil breathe life into the script that I wrote and I'm thrilled to share it with you all soon! I don't have a set date for when the Pilot episode will be available on iTunes, but it will definitely be within the year, Lord willing!

I, unfortunately, have struggled with the necessary costs of creating an audio show, and while God has helped so much along the way, currently I am at a point where I need to make and save some money before I can proceed with it any further. But once the financial aspect of the show is more settled and the first episode is completed, it will, as I mentioned above, be available on iTunes, among other places to buy. I am sure that the Lord can and will do amazing things with my little show and I'm very excited to see what happens!

We want to thank Tracy Lyn Holland for taking the time to answer our questions and also for making wonderful videos for all us Odyssey fans to enjoy! If you feel like you'd like to help Tracy with Witnesses, you can donate on the Witnesses website and help spread the word about the show
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