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Production Journal #13 - Actor Focus: Robert J. Peterson


The following is one of the many production journals by the creators of The Katniss Chronicles. Listen in on an interview with actor Robert J. Peterson who portrays Bett Botlee in The Katniss Chronicles - Part III.

 

 

 

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CAST:


Robert J. Peterson
Sam Rhodes



CREW:

Directed by: Sam Rhodes
Executive Producers: Tony Caballero, Barbra Dillon, Bryant Dillon, Rebecca Lear, and Sam Rhodes
Produced by: Barbra Dillon
Head Writer: Tony Caballero
Staff Writers: Bryant Dillon and Sam Rhodes
Edited by: Bryant Dillon
NYC Director, Dialect Coach, and Capitol Dialect Created by: Paul Pakler
The Katniss Chronicles Logo and Web Design by: Robert J. Peterson (www.robertjpeterson.com)
Episode Photo by: Rebecca Lear and Bryant Dillon



MUSIC:

"Real or Not Real," Music of Panem: The Rebellion - Part Three Score, Written and Produced by Sam Cushion, © 2011





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Tuesday, 15 April 2014 12:51
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Production Journal #12 - Actor Focus: Shane Portman and Ruth Gamble


The following is one of the many production journals by the creators of The Katniss Chronicles. Listen in on an interview with actors Shane Portman and Ruth Gamble who portray President Snow and Effie Trinket in The Katniss Chronicles - Part III.

 

 

 

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CAST:


Ruth Gamble
Shane Portman
Sam Rhodes



CREW:

Directed by: Sam Rhodes
Executive Producers: Tony Caballero, Barbra Dillon, Bryant Dillon, Rebecca Lear, and Sam Rhodes
Produced by: Barbra Dillon
Head Writer: Tony Caballero
Staff Writers: Bryant Dillon and Sam Rhodes
Edited by: Bryant Dillon
NYC Director, Dialect Coach, and Capitol Dialect Created by: Paul Pakler
The Katniss Chronicles Logo and Web Design by: Robert J. Peterson (www.robertjpeterson.com)
Episode Photo by: Rebecca Lear and Bryant Dillon



MUSIC:

"Real or Not Real," Music of Panem: The Rebellion - Part Three Score, Written and Produced by Sam Cushion, © 2011





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Tuesday, 08 April 2014 14:35
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Production Journal #11 - The Music of Sam Cushion


The following is one of the many production journals by the creators of The Katniss Chronicles. Listen in as Executive Producers Bryant Dillon and Barbra Dillon discuss the use of composer Sam Cushion’s music in The Katniss Chronicles - Part III.

 

 

 

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CAST:

Bryant Dillon
Barbra Dillon




CREW:

Directed by: Sam Rhodes
Executive Producers: Tony Caballero, Barbra Dillon, Bryant Dillon, Rebecca Lear, and Sam Rhodes
Produced by: Barbra Dillon
Head Writer: Tony Caballero
Staff Writers: Bryant Dillon and Sam Rhodes
Edited by: Bryant Dillon
NYC Director, Dialect Coach, and Capitol Dialect Created by: Paul Pakler
The Katniss Chronicles Logo and Web Design by: Robert J. Peterson (www.robertjpeterson.com)
Episode Photo by: Rebecca Lear and Bryant Dillon



MUSIC:

"Real or Not Real," Music of Panem: The Rebellion - Part Three Score, Written and Produced by Sam Cushion, © 2011





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Tuesday, 01 April 2014 15:12
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Production Journal #10 - Progress Report 3.25.14


The following is one of the many production journals by the creators of The Katniss Chronicles. Listen in as Executive Producers Bryant Dillon, Sam Rhodes, and Barbra Dillon discuss the cast and crew’s progress so far on The Katniss Chronicles - Part III.

 

 

 

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CAST:

Bryant Dillon
Sam Rhodes
Barbra Dillon




CREW:

Directed by: Sam Rhodes
Executive Producers: Tony Caballero, Barbra Dillon, Bryant Dillon, Rebecca Lear, and Sam Rhodes
Produced by: Barbra Dillon
Head Writer: Tony Caballero
Staff Writers: Bryant Dillon and Sam Rhodes
Edited by: Bryant Dillon
NYC Director, Dialect Coach, and Capitol Dialect Created by: Paul Pakler
The Katniss Chronicles Logo and Web Design by: Robert J. Peterson (www.robertjpeterson.com)
Episode Photo by: Rebecca Lear and Bryant Dillon



MUSIC:

"Real or Not Real," Music of Panem: The Rebellion - Part Three Score, Written and Produced by Sam Cushion, © 2011





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Tuesday, 25 March 2014 13:27
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The Katniss Chronicles Wins 2013 Audio Verse Awards

 

Coming off their second season, The Katniss Chronicles has won four Audio Verse Awards for 2013, including Best Fan Adaptation/Drama.

Additionally, the production was recognized for Best Writing in a Fan Adaptation and Best Performance by a Large Ensemble Cast, as well as Best Actress for Barbra Dillon’s performance as Katniss Everdeen.

Created in 2013, the inaugural Audio Verse Awards seek to highlight excellence in all aspects of online audio dramas and are voted on by members of the online audio drama community, making this a peer-based award.

“We are all proud and honored by this recognition,” said Head Writer/Producer Tony Caballero, “and the fact that it comes from our peers makes it that much more special.”

Based on the bestselling Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, The Katniss Chronicles tells the story of Katniss Everdeen, a 16-year-old girl living in a post-war America where children are chosen to fight to the death for the entertainment of the masses in a nationally televised annual event called the Hunger Games.

Created by fans for fans and released for free download through iTunes and its website (www.thekatnisschronicles.com), The Katniss Chronicles will premiere its third and final season in June of 2014, concluding in November just prior to the opening of Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. More information on TKC may be found on Facebook and Twitter, @KatnissChron.

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Monday, 24 March 2014 15:58
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Production Journal #9 - An Interview with Shylah Addante


The following is one of the many production journals by the creators of The Katniss Chronicles.  An integral part of the production process for the creators of TKC is research. While we base much of our audio drama on Suzanne Collins' incredible books, we also look to other creative sources for inspiration, clarification, and exploration.  One such source has been The Panem Companion, which has been called “the grad school class” of Hunger Games unofficial guides written by V. Arrow and published by Smart Pop Books.  Within the book, several talented contributors collaborated with Arrow and provided their own insights into the world of Panem.  

In the following interview, TKC's East Coast Director/Dialect Coach/"Finnick Odair" Paul Pakler talked with Shylah Addante (Down with the Capitol, Mainstay Productions) about her contributions to The Panem Companion.





Paul Pakler: I really enjoyed your contributions to the piece “The Socioeconomics of Tesserae” in Smart Pop Books' The Panem Companion. How did you become involved with the book?

Shylah Addante: V. Arrow, the author of the book, actually contacted me out of the blue asking me if it would be okay for her to include my tesserae essay in The Panem Companion. I’ve been a fan of V’s work for a long time—as well as of Smart Pop—so it was a no brainer for me to accept!

PP: How would you describe the creative process of working with the book’s writer, V. Arrow?

SA: I didn’t really have to do too much. V contacted me about the essay, and, once I gave her permission to include it, she took it from there!

PP: Your essay deals with the topic of tesserae, specifically the odds of someone being chosen in the Reaping. What interested you about that topic in The Hunger Games series?

SA: I’m a stickler for world building and facts in general, so one of the biggest questions for me after finishing The Hunger Games was how the tesserae system would look in District 12. We know from Katniss that the Seam families are at a disadvantage, because they are more likely to take out additional tesserae to make ends meet, but I wanted to see what that meant in real numbers. Gale, for instance, has his name in 42 times, but without knowing how many other slips are in there, it’s hard to discern how that number compares to Peeta’s odds.

PP: Could you walk us through your process of crunching the numbers? Did Suzanne Collins’ books give you a lot of information on which you were able to base your findings?

SA: The books are pretty sparse when it comes to hard numbers and tesserae. Collins essentially gives four facts:

• There are (about) 8,000 people in District 12.

• Katniss has 20 entries in the bowl.

• Gale has 42.

• Prim has 1.

After that, I had to take some liberties. Using the Mellarks, the Everdeens, and the Hawthornes as my foundation, I determined 5 family members to be the median family size: two adults and three children. 8000 people divided by family units consisting of an average of 5 means there are (roughly) 1600 families in District 12.

These 1600 families include 3200 adults (if we assume 2 adults/family) and 4800 children (assuming 3 children/family). Divide 4800 in half, and we have approximately 2400 female and 2400 male children of Panem.

But, not every child is eligible-- only those ages 12-18 are entered into the Reaping (out of the wider range for childhood which is 0-18). So, only seven of the nineteen years of childhood are entered into the Reaping. If we assume that the birth rate is constant and that children are evenly distributed in each year, then there are only about 252 children (126 female and 126 male) born each year in District 12.

Multiply 252 by 7 (the number of eligible childhood years entered into the Reaping), and you get 1764.

Divided by 2, and you get approximately 882 males and 882 females eligible for the Reaping each year.

Once I had those numbers, I had to account for the additional tesserae taken on by some children. Using Katniss and Gale as my examples, it seemed as if it was common in the Seam for eldest children to be the ones to shoulder this burden. I asked a few of the Hunger Games experts I knew (V included) what they thought the Merchant to Seam distribution in District 12 was; the consensus being 20% Merchant to 80% Seam.

So, if there are 126 females in a given year, 100 of them will be Seam children and 26 will be merchant children. If the average family size includes three children, then we can assume that one third of the children will be the eldest and take extra Tesserae (+5 slips - one for each member of their family).

From that point, I was able to rough out how many slips were contributed to the Reaping bowl from each age group.

PP: What was your conclusion?

SA: After crunching all the numbers, the grand total of tesserae slips turned out to be 8,288: 4,144 female slips and 4,144 male slips.

Odds for individual characters broke out to be:

Katniss' Odds: (+3 Tesserae x5; +5 Age Entry) 20/4144 or .48%
Gale's Odds: (+5 Tesserae x7; +7): 42/4144 or 1.01%
Peeta's Odds: (No Tesserae; +5 Age Entry): 5/4144 or .12%
Prim's Odds: (No Tesserae; +1 Age Entry): 1/4144 or .02%

PP: Are there any other projects on which you are currently working, or do you have an interest in furthering your writing career?

SA: In the last year, I’ve worked with Mainstay Productions by writing the screenplays for two Hunger Games shorts: "Finnick and Annie" and "The Hanging Tree." I’ve also written two original, full-length screenplays for them that are in various stages of pre-production. Writing-wise, I’m currently working on my first novel-length piece of original fiction. It is young adult focused, and I hope to have it complete by the end of this year.

PP: In addition to your contributions to The Panem Companion, you are a very active member of The Hunger Games fan community. Where can our listeners and readers find more of your work?

SA: All of the Mainstay Productions shorts can be found on their YouTube page.  For updates on my original stuff (and to see me geek out over fandom stuff), I have both a Twitter and a Tumblr.  I’m also an administrator for Down With The Capitol, a Hunger Games news blog which you can find here.

 



CREW:

Directed by: Sam Rhodes
Executive Producers: Tony Caballero, Barbra Dillon, Bryant Dillon, Rebecca Lear, and Sam Rhodes
Produced by: Barbra Dillon
Head Writer: Tony Caballero
Staff Writers: Bryant Dillon and Sam Rhodes
Edited by: Bryant Dillon
NYC Director, Dialect Coach, and Capitol Dialect Created by: Paul Pakler
The Katniss Chronicles Logo and Web Design by: Robert J. Peterson (www.robertjpeterson.com)
Episode Photo by: Rebecca Lear and Bryant Dillon

 

 



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Tuesday, 18 March 2014 15:47
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Production Journal #8 - Actor Focus: Chelsey Shannon


The following is one of the many production journals by the creators of The Katniss Chronicles. Listen in on an interview with actor Chelsey Shannon who portrays Johanna Mason (and Tacita) in The Katniss Chronicles - Part III.

 

 

 

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CAST:

Paul Pakler
Chelsey Shannon




CREW:

Directed by: Sam Rhodes
Executive Producers: Tony Caballero, Barbra Dillon, Bryant Dillon, Rebecca Lear, and Sam Rhodes
Produced by: Barbra Dillon
Head Writer: Tony Caballero
Staff Writers: Bryant Dillon and Sam Rhodes
Edited by: Bryant Dillon
NYC Director, Dialect Coach, and Capitol Dialect Created by: Paul Pakler
The Katniss Chronicles Logo and Web Design by: Robert J. Peterson (www.robertjpeterson.com)
Episode Photo by: Rebecca Lear and Bryant Dillon



MUSIC:

"Real or Not Real," Music of Panem: The Rebellion - Part Three Score, Written and Produced by Sam Cushion, © 2011





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Tuesday, 11 March 2014 14:03
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Production Journal #7 - East Coast Directing


The following is one of the many production journals by the creators of The Katniss Chronicles. Listen in on an interview with Paul Pakler as he discusses his part in recording the New York-based cast members of The Katniss Chronicles - Part III.

 

 

 

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CAST:

Paul Pakler
Barbra Dillon




CREW:

Directed by: Sam Rhodes
Executive Producers: Tony Caballero, Barbra Dillon, Bryant Dillon, Rebecca Lear, and Sam Rhodes
Produced by: Barbra Dillon
Head Writer: Tony Caballero
Staff Writers: Bryant Dillon and Sam Rhodes
Edited by: Bryant Dillon
NYC Director, Dialect Coach, and Capitol Dialect Created by: Paul Pakler
The Katniss Chronicles Logo and Web Design by: Robert J. Peterson (www.robertjpeterson.com)
Episode Photo by: Rebecca Lear and Bryant Dillon



MUSIC:

"Real or Not Real," Music of Panem: The Rebellion - Part Three Score, Written and Produced by Sam Cushion, © 2011





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Tuesday, 04 March 2014 16:05
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