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How to: Create a Play/Film Review Podcast



What's a Play/Film Review Podcast?

Originally, a "mashup" of the words "i-pod" and "broadcast", the term "podcast" has come to mean a digital recording which can be downloaded as an MP3 file and played on a digital device such as a computer, tablet or MP-3 player.

A film review podcast is, simply, a film review that is recorded and made available to an audience via the internet.

Our podcasts will be available to anyone on our school-district's Google-Apps network.

Click here to visit the archive of National Public Radio's film reviews and listen to a podcast or two.


Follow these steps...

Step # 1: Create a draft of a podcast script. This script should include the following: 

  • MLA Heading
  • Introduction- Welcome audience to podcast.
  • Title and author of play/film being reviewed.
  • Full name of reviewer (That's you.)
  • Review of play/film.
  • Closing - thank audience for listening.

Step # 2: The film review should answer the following questions (and include any other information related to the film that you'd like to include):

  • What's the basic plot of the play/film? 
  • What genre is the play/film -drama, horror, thriller, romance, musical, historical drama, comedy, etc.?
  • Was it engaging or dull? Why?
  • Would you see it again? Why/why not?
  • Would you or have you ever seen any other plays/films by same playwright? How does this one compare? 
  • How does the play/film compare to other plays/films?

Step # 3: Edit and revise podcast script. Create two hard copies of the  "final" draft (one to hand in to Mrs. Juster and one to keep).

Step # 4: Use Soundzabound to select music to use as an introduction to your podcast. This music will also serve to signal the conclusion of the podcast. (NOTE: Sound files must MP3 files.)

Step # 5: With the "final draft" of your script in hand, find a quiet place to record your voice. (See Mrs. Juster for an MP3 recorder.)  Save a copy of this MP3 in your Google-Apps Drive.

Step # 6: Use Audacity to combine voice/music recordings into one MP3 file which is your final product - your podcast. (If you don't have Audacity at home, click here for a free download.) 

Need a refresher on Audacity? Check out this video:

Step # 7: Open Photo-Story. (If you're doing this at home and don't have PhotoStory, click here for a free download.)

Step # 8: You'll create ONE slide in photo story. This slide should contain an image/photo from the play/film. It should also include the following text:

Film/Play Title

A Play/Film Review Podcast by: Your Name

Step # 9: Follow the directions in PhotoStory (skipping over the "record your voice" step).When prompted to "customize motion" be sure to select 300 seconds (5 minutes) so your full podcast will be played.

Step # 10: Add your completed MP3 recording (voice & music combined) to Photo Story.

Step # 11: Edit & refine & "publish" your completed Podcast Book Review. Save a copy of your completed digital story (movie file) to our save folder.

 Step # 12: Upload your completed podcast to our Google-Apps (See Mrs. Juster for specific file location directions.)