►Tell us about you and your podcast
My name is J.G. Murphy, I am a filmmaker and an audiobook producer.
I co-host a podcast called Obscurities of the Silver Screen with my friend, musician Remy Grey. We watch movies that we've never seen before with zany titles (or movies that we feel are obscure enough) and then we talk about them. Usually, this leads to hilarious results.
Our listeners range from college students to older, hardcore movie buffs.
►Why & how did you start this podcast?
Podcasting became a form that was very attractive to me. I began listening to a lot of podcasts only within the last couple of years. I recognized how freeing the format was and thought I might enjoy it. So I helped create this show.
I'm in the entertainment business. I like to entertain. So I wanted to create a show that would entertain audiences. At the same time, film was my first love. My favorite thing is to show people films they've never seen before. So with this podcast, we're trying to show young people that there are so many movies out there that they might enjoy (even if those movies we review aren't necessarily, well...good).
We began this podcast in September of 2018.
It took quite a few months to release the first episode. I initially came up with the idea back in May of 2018. A friend of mine and I recorded a couple episodes. One of those episodes will never be heard of because I was naive and trusted the monitor I was listening to. The audio ended up being useless. Oh well, it was a learning experience! Things happened, schedules overlapped, and I had to change co-hosts. Tyler Tafolla, who you'll hear in three of the first four episodes, served as my co-host. We spent the end of August and the beginning of September recording a couple episodes, and then we launched. Remy joined soon after and we've been carrying on the show ever since!
►How'd you find the time and funding to do this podcast?
We release an episode once a week, every Friday. One episode usually takes two days. One day to record, and one day to edit. The recording process takes about 4 hours because we have to watch the movie first before we actually record the episode. Editing takes about 2 hours.
I work from home mostly as an audiobook producer, so my schedule is the most flexible. This works well with Remy, who works in retail. We work around his schedule, but we always make sure to get one episode done in a 7 day period. Usually, record Thursday nights and the episode is released the following week. Recording the episode a week in advance gives us some buffer time should anything be wrong with what we just recorded.
Currently, neither of us put a lot into funding our podcast. We buy the movies we watch, and then we'll promote social media posts about once a month. We're millennials. We don't have much extra change. It makes it difficult to grow an audience, but we're trying every avenue possible. The next step would be to register as a business so we can open up a patron account. We've also been reaching out to different podcast networks in Los Angeles to see if they'd be interested in producing our show for us.
►What do you gain from podcasting?
Sponsership is something we're looking forward to in the future. I made the mistake of jumping into podcasting without really knowing the business side of it. I thought I knew, but I soon realized I didn't. So we're playing a bit of catch-up. It doesn't bother us too much because this is something we really enjoy doing anyway. As much as we'd like our audience to grow, we have a lot of fun just as it is now.
We benefit from the show because we get to watch these movies that we might not otherwise would have seen. Then we'll talk about them to our friends and family and annoy them until they torture themselves and watch these godforsaken films.
►How does your podcasting process look like?
We use a few things to help us out. We use two different software, Abelton Live 9 Lite to record and Audacity to edit. We use a Focusrite 2i2 2nd Gen interface, CM25 MkII Condenser Microphone, and an AKG p220 Microphone.
We do not do interviews, but from time to time we will have a guest on our show. Currently, our guests are only our friends who like the show and want to do an episode.
Preparation doesn't take much. We have a long and ever growing list of movies we want to watch for the podcast, so we just pick one and watch it. Side note: we are ALWAYS taking suggestions! We take notes while we watch the movie so we can reference them during the show. These notes include plot points and any thoughts or questions we have that we want to address in the episode. We also do a segment called 'Ed Wood Trivia' where I ask Remy a question about famed B-movie director Ed Wood, and he tries to come up with the correct answer. So, I have to do a little bit of extra research for that portion of the show.
►How do you market your show?
Our listeners can find us anywhere you find podcasts. Mainly, you can find us on iTunes, GooglePlay, and our host Podbean. We also run social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (handle listed below). We put out fun and interesting facts about the movies we watched and gear you up for the next episode. 61% of our listeners use Apple Podcasts or iTunes, 12% use the Podbean app, 10% use Google Chrome, and the other 17% use a variety of platforms to listen to our show.
Social media has been our only marketing tool mainly due to access. We would like to start sending out newsletters, though. That's our next step.
►What advice would you share with aspiring (new) podcasters?
Do. Your. Research. Read books, search the internet. Find ways from experts how to best kick-off your podcast. It will serve you in the long run. Believe me, it will. Two books I've found helpful are Podcasting for Dummies by Tee Morris and Chuck Tomasi (I'm not joking. This book has been incredibly helpful), and Profitable Podcasting by Stephen Woessner. I've just started the second one and it's filled with great info.
►Where can we learn more about you & your podcasts?
Our website is ootss.podbean.com. We're on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@ootsspodcast). If you'd like to reach out to us for any reason at all please send us an email ([email protected]). We'd love to hear from anyone and everyone who enjoys our show or would just like to know a little more.
Updated: 11 days ago