COPPERHEART takes place in the ubiquitous "not too distant future," and while the Heart of Bronze universe is perpetually a Steampunk fantasy where history and reality are incredibly distorted, this particular story takes place outside of that realm ...looking in.
It is a companion piece to the other riggstories projects, The Steam Rollers Adventure Podcast, and the Heart of Bronze novels Clockwork Looking Glass and Clockwork Pandora, but unlike those works, COPPERHEART will almost, but not quite, serve as a Deadpoolian fourth wall break into my Steampunk world.
Simple Nerdspeak Translation: Yes, it's canon.
What is it about?
COPPERHEART is the story of a group of survivalists, scientists, and soldiers, left to maintain a top secret government facility in Nevada several years following a global nuclear mishap. Nuclear Winter is about to give way to Radiation Summer, and earth's surface is virtually unlivable. Satellite communication is impossible, and only HAM and short-wave radios connect the Groom Lake facility with NORAD and other posts of survivors across the Americas.
If you heard "Groom Lake" and thought "Area 51," yes, you're my kind of nerd. COPPERHEART takes place in the legendary site of alien cover-ups and mysterious government military tests. In our reality, however, the only thing strange at Groom Lake is an enormous mirror-like cube (Yes! Like the gateway in Clockwork Looking Glass, and the cube at the end of SRAP Season 1). The scientists and soldiers who inherited the facility simply watch it to see what it does. And, as far as anyone knows, it's never done anything. The true day-to-day work of those on site is simply to rebuild, learn from past mistakes, and find ways to make our planet's surface livable again.
One day, while a bored technician sits monitoring the cube, an alarm sounds. A ripple forms in one surface of the thing, and a mechanical brass arm with four fingers reaches through. As the awestruck technician watches, the robotic creature emerges. It introduces itself with three letters and four numbers, and identifies itself as a "Copperheart."
(Yes, exactly like the automatons in the Heart of Bronze projects!)
So, you want to be a voice actor?
If you're reading this lengthy (sorry!) web page it's because you were drawn here by an invitation for new, amateur, or experienced voice actors looking to pad out their resume, or just have fun with a uniquely-produced (in that you can record in your underwear for all I care) audio drama podcast.
At the bottom of this page you'll find a form to submit your interest in lending your voice to the show. If you pass that hurdle (and, really, who can't fill out a form these days?) I'll send you a test script with the bios of the characters. Try out for any (or all!) that strike your fancy. From there, I'll contact you and let you know if you're in and what part I think you're best suited for!
Not familiar with modern podcast audio dramas?
I started playing around with the idea for COPPERHEART shortly after starting The Steam Rollers Adventure Podcast in 2014. My goal has always been to span every media I can with interconnected Heart of Bronze stories! We have novels, we have a podcast, and now we'll have a serious audio drama. Future projects may even include an animated YouTube series, and as far as "transmedia" is concerned... There's a Copperheart named RBY2187 with a Twitter account (@Robbie_RBY2187). Say Hi.
So, what's an audio drama? Unlike The Steam Rollers Adventure Podcast, which is an actual-play comedy adventure based around a role-playing game, true audio dramas blend voice acting, sound effects, music, narration, and the same kind of dramatic (or, in some cases, comedic, horrific, mysterious, or fantastic) experience you'd find in a movie!
If you've been listening to The Steam Rollers Adventure Podcast, you've already heard mini examples of audio dramas in the Lorepisodes "Roose" (Episode 49), "The O'Reilly Incident" (Episode 62), and "The Monroe Doctrine" (Episode 100).
If you want REALLY COOL/AWESOME/SPECTACULAR/NAIL-BITING examples of true audio drama podcasts, check out the links below. These are some of my favorites, and even if you don't audition for COPPERHEART, I strongly suggest you binge your way through these!
So when is COPPERHEART going to happen? When will it be recorded, released, etc.?
The release date and recording schedule for the show are still to be determined while AUDITIONS are held for potential cast members.
If you are interested in trying out for a role in COPPERHEART, simply fill out the form below. You'll then be sent an audition script and some notes.
And, in the meantime, follow @SteamRollersPC on Twitter, or Steam Rollers Advanture on Facebook; or the new @CopperheartPod
You can also write to Michael Rigg directly through CopperheartAudioDrama@gmail.com
Here's what you need to know before sending the form:
1) You need NOT be a professional voice actor or voice-over artist for a role in this audio drama, but you have to be good enough. Sound quality, and ability to deliver scripted lines that sound natural, are paramount to this project.
2) The recording schedule will mostly rotate around your availability, since each part of the show will be recorded separately, then edited together (unlike other ensemble audio dramas). The upside to this is that you can do as many takes as you like in the comfort of your own home studio.
3) You only need a good quality microphone, software capable of producing a clear audio file, an email address, and a desire to have fun being part of the show!
4) Please understand that this is a labor of love (labour of love to my friends in the UK), and I'm only seeking other like-minded artists to complete this project. I can't afford to pay you, but I'll do everything I can to provide you with the best quality--and most unique--audio drama to add to your voice acting portfolio. If you want to plug your own work, show, channel, podcast, I'd be more than happy to promote it on COPPERHEART or our companion podcast, The Steam Rollers Adventure Podcast.
5) COPPERHEART may contain some adult themes, so be aware that there will definitely be cursing, perhaps references to sex, drug use, and violence (We will try to stick as close to PG-13 as possible, and will ONLY cross the line if warranted by the story or characters).
To find out more, please submit the following form. If you don't get a response within THREE DAYS, please contact Michael Rigg via email at CopperheartAudioDrama@gmail.com.