Two Roads Diverged

Continuing with our look back at our latest episodes, let’s talk about Episode 16.
Two Roads Diverged, Episode 16 of The Hidden People, gives us a better look at the villains of the show and what motivates them. Cari Zahn wrote a poignant yet still intense episode that builds both sympathy and fear. Her script gives us quite the emotional ride as we explore Thomas’s confusing relationship with his murderous sister, the only blood relative left in his immediate family. Jordan Lopez and Stephen Kallenberg give powerful performances during their confrontation.
We also get more of The Magister and Liliana, brilliantly played by Jim Brown and Darlene Spencer. We’re so lucky to work with these phenomenal professionals who bring so much depth to these cruel villains. I seriously cannot wait for everyone to hear what they do with these characters in the rest of the season. What an honor to work with such a talented cast.
Katharine Seaton‘s powers are on full display here with her incredible score going from nail-biting tension to sympathetic pathos as Thomas races to catch his sister. Katharine’s work has been one of the highlights of the show for me. It defines The Hidden People as much as the performances and the story.
— Chris Burnside

Our Wayward Journeys Continue

A large and stony cave is at the foot of an opening to something...perhaps episode 15 of The Hidden People. Along with the c ave we have the usual underlay of the hidden people forest / trees looming in the background and the title of our latest episode in a green bar across it all stating" Wayward Journeys: Episode 15 of The Hidden People.
We’re taking a step back to give praise to the great work of our last few episodes. First up: Episode 15.
Wayward Journeys of The Hidden People really ratchets up the excitement as two different pairs go on dangerous adventures.  Stephen Kallenberg delivered an action-packed script packed with monsters, battles, ancient vaults, booby traps, and famous mystical well. The show fully embraces its fantasy side with this episode and its quests.
In addition to writing and playing Thomas, Stephen showed his incredible creative range by also voicing the vough in this episode. While we used some minor effects to add to the wispy nature of the vough, nearly everything that you’re hearing was just Stephen’s take on this monstrous mythological creature.
The full range of what The Hidden People has to offer is now on display: tragic drama, gripping suspense, and all-out action and adventure. We may have slowly eased into this new world of modern fantasy with the first half of the season, but trust me, we won’t be taking our foot off the gas for a long time.
— Chris Burnside

Meet Black Annis in Ep 14

The latest episode of The Hidden People introduces us to the monstrous Black Annis. Alexa Fett Fisher wrote another wonderful script, this time featuring the aforementioned witch as well as great scenes for Liliana (Darlene Spencer) and the Conley police chief (Chatam Miracle).

Danielle Gunther brought Black Annis to life with her intense and terrifying vocal performance. We used almost none of the Hidden People “accent” (the vocal process used for those who have lived in the Hidden world) because her performance was already so rich and evocative. When I researched Black Annis many years ago, I could hear her scratchy, creepy voice in my mind. I’m so happy that Danielle was able to completely exceed my expectations for how this unique character would sound. Katharine Seaton – Music‘s sound and music add even more life to the scene. Let’s just say that we loved Black Annis so much that she will be back.

The next episode finds all the characters following their respective quests and leads. Some will walk right into danger, while others will be mysteriously pushed away from it. The action intensifies. We’re building toward an epic season finale in episode twenty-two. Stay with us. Bring your friends.

-Chris

All in Favor?

3 weeks ago, we released Episode 13 “All in Favor?”

This episode of The Hidden People further explores the world that exists just out of our sight. Megan Burnside wrote a well-paced script that deftly mixes important information with genuinely entertaining scenes. This episode was important to me because I like to know the rules of fantasy stories. What exactly can magic do and not do? Who are the villains, and what are their strengths and weaknesses? While we leave a healthy amount of mystery surrounding the Hidden People and their world, we want to make sure the audience understands the way the mechanics work. This also pays off many curious things throughout the show, as Megan had the idea to go back through everything from the church bell to the fence post to the birthday cake.

In our next episode, we delve further into the Hidden world and meet the fabled Black Annis. Trust me that things are going to get much, much stranger.

– Chris Burnside

The Pieces Fall Into Place in Gestalt Shift

Gestalt Shift: The signature forest circling and closing in dark in the background with glowing orbs of light changing our view of the dark forest

We’re back! Episode 12 of The Hidden People firmly establishes the prior eleven episodes as the first act of a much larger creepy modern fantasy. We answer many questions here in order to propel the story forward, but don’t assume this means we don’t have more mysteries and surprises for you. Cuz we have many, many more. But now that you know who the Hidden People are, you know just how scared you need to be when you hear them arrive.

This week, we really get to meet Shaylee (who she actually is) for the first time. And that puts Xander Hildenbrandt in the spotlight. Xander’s talents for performance, character-building, and storytelling are immeasurable and incomparable. She plays so many different versions of Shaylee in the show (we’ve only scratched the surface), and she makes each one unique. I’m so thankful to work with her (and to Jordan for basically casting her months before we wrote any scripts or held auditions).

We also welcome Aaron Brewer to the cast as Dane. Aaron’s enthusiasm is infectious, and he’s so much fun to have at the table. We have many more snarky conversations between Dane and Shaylee/Mackenna to come.

We’re back in two weeks and every two weeks after that. This season is going to get big and explosive. And I mean that rather literally.

So, be sure to listen, subscribe and share with your friends. Also, send us your feedback and let us know what you think!

– Chris Burnside

Fetch Our Mid-season Finale

Fetch: Episode 11 of The Hidden People; Red fireworks over dark sky with trees

We’ve finally reached the big mid-season finale of The Hidden People. And as promised, it changes everything. This show was never really a murder mystery. Everything until now has just been the first act of a much bigger creepy modern fantasy. From here on out, the show will be pushing into wild and unexpected places.

I guarantee that the next episode when the show returns from a short mid-season break will have TONS of answers. We will learn exactly who the killer is, where she comes from, and why she looks like THAT. We will learn who Shaylee is and what she’s up to. And we’ll learn why some of the characters have weird voices. We’re not just trying to be cool and edgy–we have actual, story-related reasoning.

Katharine Seaton – Music takes center stage in this episode with sound design and music that is truly breathtaking. This episode wouldn’t have anywhere near the impact it does if we just used stock sounds and royalty free music like many shows do. Katharine elevates every second of the show with her brilliant and unique work. That fight scene…wow!!!

The Hidden People will be back for the second half of season one very soon. In the meantime, subscribe on Patreon for bonus content, including our first bonus episode. https://www.patreon.com/hiddenpeoplepodcast

– Chris Burnside

Bucket List Draws Us In

Bucket List - Episode 10; Woman looking to the distance

Episode ten of The Hidden People brings us to the brink of many explosive revelations. The next episode, our mid-season finale, will completely change the show in terms of pace (it’s faster), excitement (it’s greater), action (it’s louder), and even genre (it’s magical-er).

This episode features so many scenes I was thrilled to write and direct. Jordan Lopez and Xander Hildenbrandt on the water tower remains one of my most favorite moments. Luna Madison and Stephen Gogol arguing about Mackenna shows that their range goes far beyond comedy, and Stephen Kallenberg and Emily Kallenberg gave us some really special foley work.

Who is the killer? Who is the next target? Who will survive? Get ready. The next episode is the game-changer.

Make sure to join us at https://www.patreon.com/hiddenpeoplepodcast to hear the first bonus episode of The Hidden People, exclusively available to supporters.

– Chris Burnside