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Podcast Treatment November 9, 2006

Posted by Myke Bartlett in CSC 2006 Classwork Archives.

Today we’ll be working in groups to put together a treatment for the podcast you’ll be making.

A “treatment” is a document usually used by filmmakers to plot out their film and to present to others (usually to get funding.) You will use your treatment to outline your podcast. The underlined headings will form the basis of your own treatment. The italicised writing contains helpful hints for filling in each section.



TOPIC/THEME: eg. Growing Up, What it Means to be Grown Up…

PURPOSE: Why are you making this podcast (Don’t just write “because my teacher made me”)? Why should anyone want to listen to it? In this section you need to “sell” your product – convince the reader that it should be made. Be sure to highlight what you are trying to persuade the audience of – what is your point of view?

SYNOPSIS: This is a short overview of what your podcast will be aboout – a summary. It should include features, the people you intend to speak to, and so on. It does need every minor detail (eg. sound effects) but should include the most important elements of the production.

SEGMENTS: This is a breakdown of the different segments of the podcast. Each section should include an approximate duration and as much detail as possible. A scripted segment, such as a play or a speech, should be fully scripted here. Sections in which you do not know what responses you will get, such as interviews and vox pops, should have approximate time intervals and a list of the questions that will be asked.

Music should also be included in these segments and effects (eg. fade in and fade out) where possible.

There MUST be at least one scripted speech in this podcast.


1) Introduction Music/Theme: “When You Were Young” by The Killers. (10 second clip, chorus)
2) Host introduces programme and first segment.

3) Interview

Interview with James Smythe on what he believes it means to be an adult in the early 21st Century.

  • Opening music: Blink 182 “Dammit” – 15 second clip, chorus
  • Introduction: (you will need to script what the host of this segment – the interviewer – will say
  • Questions

4) Host recaps and introduces next segment





a persuasive, scripted speech

vox pops

It can also contain other segments, such as comedy skits, as long as they are relevant to the theme.

Once your treatment is finished, each member of your group should post it on their blog.



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