Looking at the ‘end of the world’

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ACTORS from across the globe have helped to make a Fife-based internet drama an award-winning success.

Former Adam Smith College students Matthew McLean and Robert Cudmore have seen the popularity of their audio-drama steadily grow since they launched their first 15 minute episode last year.

And with American and European actors taking now performing some of the leading character roles, the pair are destined to see their drama, entitled ‘Aftermath’ go from strength to strength.

The post-apocalyptic story takes place in and around Fife, including Glenrothes, Kirkcaldy, St Andrews and Falkland and follows the life of a group of survivors after a devastating bio-chemical attack on Scotland.

Throw into the mix a dramatic struggle to fend off the crazed victims who have become bloodthirsty mutants, and you have all the hallmarks of a classic sci-fi thriller with a modern twist.

The pair have been influenced by the growing trend of American audio dramas such as ‘Edict Zero’ and ‘We’re Alive’, the later, based in Los Angeles has already achieved more than 14 million downloads.

“They’re films for your ears” explained Matthew.

“We write the scripts ourselves and put them out to actors via the internet, we then collate the recorded dialogue, add sound affects and put it all together into a coherent story.

“There’s more to it than people think though, with all the affects a minutes worth of audio could take up to three hours to complete.”

The show has now attracted listeners from around the world and and their latest episode- ‘Lock In’ has attracted over 6000 downloads in just a few weeks.

The popularity of their work has also landed them some notable awards, including the Best Radio & Online Pitch award at the recent Creative Loop Festival in Glasgow.

A recent appearance on Fred Macaulay’s BBC Radio Scotland show has also helped to bring them to a wider audience.

“Things are starting to develop” said Matthew.

“We’ll continue to develop the Aftermath story and we hope to produce a number of one-off dramas in the near future.”

And the pair certainly have to put in the hours in order to produce the episodes, one minute of diologue can take up to three hours of production time to complete.

“It’s a labour of love but very satisfying when you listen to the finished product” said Matthew.

All of the ‘Aftermath’ episodes are now available via the internet at itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/aftermath/id493032950.