Episode four of The Hidden People dives deep into the Thorne siblings: Mackenna and Thomas. We slow things down a bit for this episode and the next, giving us time to learn who these characters are before the action really picks up. Shout out to Stephen Kallenberg this week as he brings so much emotion and depth to Thomas. This isn’t some over-the-top, melodramatic portrayal of loss and the sudden growing up that accompanies it. Stephen brings a tragic reality to his performance that actually serves to make the scenes even more powerful. This guy never phones it in.
Also this episode, I’m so very honored to have Anna Adami‘s words in the show. Anna and I worked very closely on Unwritten, and her words and spirit infuse every bit of that show. We were so lucky to have her work on The Hidden People, too. She is simply the best writer I’ve known (including myself in that group), and she brings down the house with this poignant and honest script.
Things won’t stay quiet for long. Very soon, you’ll be on the edge of your seat. And at midseason, you’ll have answers to your questions.
Keep listening. Stay vigilant. Nothing’s as it seems.
By Chris Burnside
Episode three of The Hidden People furthers the murder investigation and brings the incredible talents of Emily C Kallenberg and Norb Wessels to the forefront as Sam and Ron. We were so lucky to get these two veterans of Unwritten back for The Hidden People; they bring authenticity and depth to their performances whether they’re interrogating perps or just cracking wise.
Emily always has input in every part of the show, whether it’s coming up with story ideas, suggesting new audio tricks, or even directing our child actor guest stars (stay tuned for them in two weeks). She is an invaluable member of the DWM family.
Norb takes a character who a lesser actor would play as comic relief and gives him real pathos, injecting humanity and also an extensive knowledge of the law, making Ron a genuine, complex character. What these two discover will put them on a collision course with the killer. Are they prepared for what they’ll discover? Are you?
The Hidden People releases a new episode every other Thursday. Stay with us; you won’t want to miss what happens at midseason.
Nothing’s as it seems.
by Chris Burnside
Lots to discuss this week, as Dayton Writers Movement releases the second episode of The Hidden People!
This episode features wonderful performances by Jordan Eechaute-Lopezas Mackenna, Xander Hildenbrandt as Shaylee, Luna Madison as Nissa, and Stephen Gogol as Alfie. This crew of incredible performers brings to life the friendship that is one of the core elements of the show. Getting Jordanand Luna back together since Unwritten has been nothing short of majestic, and welcoming Xander and Stephen to the DWM family is certainly one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. Shout out to Stephen for delivering the funniest subtle line of the season (which ultimately might be the funniest line of the season, full stop) when he offers Mackenna water.
On the subject of lines, I am beyond grateful for Cari Zahn‘s script for this episode and her outstanding contributions throughout the show. I am so very proud of my dear friend for her creativity, her drive, and her words. We were so lucky to work with her, and I look forward to many more collaborations with her.
Please enjoy “The Ant Farm,” episode two of The Hidden People, but be sure the check out episode 1 first! Let us know what you think. And in case you think you’ve got it all figured out, remember: nothing’s as it seems.
It’s finally here. The Hidden People can finally be unleashed to entertain, amuse, and terrify the ears of the world. We’ve been working on this show since 2017, before Unwritten even finished releasing. And in some ways, I’ve been working on this story since 2011. “Finally” doesn’t even really begin to cover it.
We took our time to make this show the best it can be. If you’ve listened to Unwritten, you’ll recognize the crisp sound engineering courtesy of Dan Sievers, funny and powerful dialogue, and surprising twists. What you won’t hear this time are stock sounds. The sound and music of The Hidden People are designed by the brilliant Katharine (Katie) Seaton, and she makes the show sound as professional as the big-budget, celebrity-filled audio dramas.
In addition, we built a team of the most talented artists in the area (and beyond). I am regularly humbled to work with the writers on this show, and the cast bringing our words to life is immeasurably talented. Our collective goal is to subvert your expectations at every turn, to leave you shocked and on the edge of your seat.
Each episode is 30ish minutes long. They release every other Thursday. The investment is low, but the potential to be entertained is significantly higher. Please give the show a listen. See what the artists in Dayton are making. And remember: nothing’s as it seems.
– Chris Burnside
In October of 2017, our team of writers and producers came together to brainstorm show ideas. dwm presents Unwritten had successfully released two seasons, and we wanted to continue making audio dramas. We came up with a show that became much bigger than we anticipated, and we cannot wait to share it with you! Well, we can wait a little bit as it hasn’t released yet.
We’re excited to share that after more than a year of work, our new fiction podcast will be ready for your ears on February 14. You’re going to fall in love with our new podcast: The Hidden People — there is drama, comedy, intrigue, and mystery. We have 22 episodes in season 1, and we’ll release them every other week–with maybe a small break at some point in 2019.