Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning

As you may have noticed, things look a little different around the SWP website. This came as a surprise to many of our producers, who entered the lab on Monday and found Clark lying in a pool of multi-colored Kool-Aid, murmuring endlessly about Erlenmeyer flasks. Now, this sort of thing happens every week or so, so we didn't think twice until we booted up the supercomputer and saw what terrifying creation had been wrought on Clark's behalf. 

It's too late to change things back, so I guess we'll all have to learn to enjoy the new graphics, updated pages, and better mobile experience. It's not easy, but we'll do it FOR SCIENCE!

Featured Host: Daniel Crary

Featured Host: Daniel Crary

Each month we interview one of our hosts  to learn about their backgrounds, projects, and passions. This month, we're getting to know Daniel Crary, the central founder and Social Media Manager of Secret Weapon Productions.

The Interview

Q: Why did you start Secret Weapon Productions?

A: I am lucky enough to have a very talented circle of friends. In the past, all of us had collaborated on plays, papers, film, or music. As many of us shifted into “the professional world,” it became clear that creative endeavors may not pay as well, but they're far healthier for our ilk. So I sent a few (too many) emails, and that’s over 100 hours of content ago.

 Q: What do you love about podcasts?

A: I have to admit, I was behind the curve on podcasts by about 3 or 10 years. But, the freedom of format and the ability to create unimpeded immediately hooked me. You can’t do a production of Little Red Riding Hood on a park bench for less than what it takes to start a podcast. The bar to entry for most people is very doable. Which makes it great for schmucks like me.

 

"You can’t do a production of Little Red Riding Hood on a park bench for less than what it takes to start a podcast."

 

Q: What have you learned in the first year with the company?

A: I don’t get Twitter, but I’m trying.

Q: What are you working on at SWP right now?

A: Co-hosting both 20 Minutes of Banter and Slow Claps and Rewrites. I’m trying to grow the company and make us a home-base people want to create out of. If I can get one more person creating a thing that previously lived in their head, I consider that a win.

Q: What are you working on outside of SWP?

A: Adair Rice (co-host of Slow Claps and Rewrites) and I have a poetry tumblr we update every Tuesday and Thursday with new original poems. I’m also writing a TV pilot and watching every episode of The Simpsons backwards in hopes of finding enlightenment.

Q: What is your favorite podcast not on SWP?

A: I am a big fan of Script Notes. One of the hosts liked a tweet I sent his way and it filled me with hope.

Slow Claps and Rewrites

Slow Claps and Rewrites

 
 

Writing is hard. Not exactly "Building-A-Giant-Deadly-Robot" hard - but it ain't easy. 

Enter Dan and Adair; two friends who have been pushing each other up the winding road of writing for over five years. With a bi-coastal blog in the rearview and a poetry blog on the side, the duo is now cruising onto the airwaves in our newest podcast "Slow Claps and Rewrites". 

In Slow Claps and Rewrites, Adair and Dan talk about new projects, old hang-ups, how to find your muse and murder your darlings.   

Maybe it'll be great - maybe Dan will ruin it. Only time will tell. Until we know more, please listen and subscribe to Slow Claps and Rewrites on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, or right here on Secret Weapon Productions. 

- SW

Six Months of Doom

Six Months of Doom

Six months ago, Secret Weapon Productions exited the research phase and started creating podcasts. We had three brand new podcasts, six total episodes, and exactly 4 subscribers.

Many things have changed in these six months: theme songs have been belted, crossover episodes have emerged, and new scientists have been brought into the labs to create new monst... er... productions. 

We've also been working hard to improve the quality of our recording, editing, and episode structure so listeners can get in and out of episodes with happy ears and time to spare. We do this out of love, not because we're testing mind control frequencies for a foreign military. 

With our first six months behind us, there are many things we are excited about for the rest of the year. Wordstruck is entering a new season with new surprises, Dizzy Channel and Into the Echo are contemplating seasonal drinks for the fall weather, and 20 Minutes of Banter is finally hiring a lawyer to work through their mountain of cease and desist letters. All of this is happening as we make the hike to our first 1,000 subscribers, a goal we're confident in reaching. We may even have a couple new shows up our lab coat sleeves - who knows?

So thank you to all of our listeners and subscribers for sticking with us over the last six months. It's been a thrill to hear from you, and we hope you'll love what we have in store.

- SW

200: Rise of an Empire

200: Rise of an Empire

Last week we felt a great disturbance in the Lab, as if hundreds of voices cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. At first we thought Subject 11233 had gotten off its leash again, but we soon realized that the disturbance was coming from our Metrics sector. 

We rushed to the lab and found our technicians frozen in a state of disbelief, pointing at a rather large number on our RSS Subscriber page. 

---- 200 ----

"This can't be real!" cried Dan, "Why on earth would 200 unique IP addresses be contacting our podcast servers over the course of 7 days? What does this mean?!"

We still don't know the answers, but we have our best people on the job. We have administered the standard issue adrenaline shots to our Metrics technicians, and they should be fine by the end of the week. 

Thank you all for listening and subscribing, and for sharing our podcasts with your friends and family. We are beyond excited to have over 200 subscribers spread across our network, and we hope that this number continues to grow as we introduce new shows, new hosts, special episodes, and so much more. We love what we do, and we're looking forward to growing with you over the coming months and years. 

- SW