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.
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
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
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
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.
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– Chris Burnside