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Scoring Magic

31 EpisodesProduced by Hug House ProductionsWebsite

There are so many guides out there for how to make a podcast, and for how to make an audio drama. But there’s a difference between reading an article and hearing the reality behind the process.Scoring Magic follows creators at Hug House Productions as they create fiction podcasts. They’ll share tips… read more

31 Episodes | 2019 - 2023

Coming June 22nd: Scoring Magic

June 8th, 2019

Episode Notes

"Create is feels good."

Scoring Magic is a documentary about three friends making a fiction podcast together. Starting June 22nd, we'll be sharing our process every other week. You won't just get tips and …

1.1: Create Is Feels Good

June 22nd, 2019

Episode Notes

CW: Discussions of burnout, vague discussions of mental health issues

There's a difference between business and creative work, no …

1.2: Collaboration

July 6th, 2019

Episode Notes

We're taught so often that art is a solitary practice. We're taught artists are introverts, sole creators of their work, and that the …

1.3: Meet Our Producer

July 20th, 2019

Episode Notes

We've found our producer for VALENCE, and we couldn't be happier. This week, listen to how we made the decision, how we reached out to …

1.4: Writing Someone Else's Characters

August 3rd, 2019

Episode Notes

So. We've got our producer. We've got our story bible and all our plans set. But now it's time to start writing--which means it's time for Katie to start writing for characters she didn't come up with. …

1.5: Casting Calls

August 31st, 2019

Episode Notes

When you make something with a cast, you have to . . . cast it. And when you cast something, you have to make a casting call. This week, hear about how Hug House went about its casting call--plus our usual …

1.6: The Casting Process

September 14th, 2019

Episode Notes

Last episode, we told you about our casting call. This episode, we're going to talk about what happened when we started listening to …

1.7: Money, Please!

September 28th, 2019


As the Hug House team's Indiegogo for season 1 of VALENCE winds down, Anne brings you sage knowledge about how money works. No, don't run away! We know--money is super scary. But it's also important, and you gotta know …

1.8: Balancing Responsibilities

October 12th, 2019


It's time for Wil to explain some of her overworking crimes. This week, take a dive into what Wil's daily workload looks like, how she's learned to …

1.9: Check-In 1

October 27th, 2019


It's high time we checked in with our progress, but also ourselves. How are we feeling? Well, um . . . FUGUE STATE! FUGUE STATE! FUGUE STATE!

About Scoring Magic

Scoring Magic is presented by Hug House Productions. You …

1.10: We Wrote the Finale

November 9th, 2019


We did it. We wrote the finale. The finale is written for season 1, and we did that, and we're the ones who wrote it, and we did it. But like . . . not without panicking a little. A lot. Join sweet Katie as she breaks …

1.11: Social Media is Scary! (But Necessary!)

November 23rd, 2019


Sometimes you're a social media grandma. And that's okay. Like everything with Hug House, our first step in finalizing our social media strategy was to identify our shortcomings and reach out for help--and then the …

1.12: Live Table Reads

December 7th, 2019


We're RECORDING, folks! In this episode, we talk about the ups and downs of having your cast record together versus just asynchronously. Buckle up …

Coming Soon: VALENCE

December 14th, 2019


The VALENCE feed is now live!

Welcome to New Candler, cultural epicenter of the United States. Visit Trudon Circle, an art mecca turned tourist trap …

1.13: We Hecked Up

December 21st, 2019


Y'all, we messed up. We promised you a documentary of our highs and lows, so it's time to talk lows.

About Scoring Magic

Scoring Magic is presented by Hug House Productions. You can support us for behind-the-scenes …

1.14: Check-In 2

January 18th, 2020


Hi. The first episode of VALENCE is out. And Wil feels weird. But mostly, Wil feels really thankful.

About Scoring Magic

Scoring Magic is presented …

1.15: Mini Episode 1: Cast Bonding

February 1st, 2020


Listen to the full episode for a surprise ;)

About Scoring Magic

Scoring Magic is presented by Hug House Productions. You can support us for …

1.16: Mini Episode 2: Take Selection

February 15th, 2020


It's time to select takes. So, let's talk about time . . . and how sometimes we're not great with it. About Scoring Magic - Scoring Magic is presented by Hug House Productions. You can support us for behind-the-scenes …

1.17: Writing Episode 4

February 29th, 2020


In this episode, Wil talks about writing episode 4 of VALENCE. Content warning: This episode discusses suicidal ideation, abuse, and PTSD in depth.

1.18: Collaboration, Part 2

March 14th, 2020


So, create is feels good. Collaboration is feels good! Friends is feels good! But what happens when miscommunications means that isn't feels good? …

1.19: The Benefits of Disney

April 11th, 2020

Episode Notes

We've mentioned before that episode 7 of VALENCE was written in Walt Disney World, and you may have noticed some extra credits in that …

1.20: Oops All Bloops!

July 11th, 2020


These last few episodes of VALENCE have been rough, so we decided to share one of the best things about making VALENCE: our goofy actors. Enjoy this …

1.21: F**** Energy

July 25th, 2020


It's a very NSFW one, pals! And also, it's got VALENCE S1E11 spoilers, so make sure you listen to that first! In this episode, I talk to Josh Rubino (Liam) and John Westover (Nico) about conveying "fuck energy." But …

1.22: Looking Back

August 8th, 2020


Season 1 of VALENCE is DONE! We DID IT! But just like when we release the first episode of VALENCE, we feel . . . weird. In this episode of Scoring Magic, we talk wrapping the season, we look back on early episodes of

COMING SOON: Scoring Magic Season 2!

December 28th, 2020


Last year, we left off having just barely debuted Season 1 of VALENCE. Since then, we've been hard at work on Season 2 . . . or, at least, as hard at work as 2020 has let us be. What has it been like creating in 2020? …

2.1: Create Is... Still Feels Good?

January 2nd, 2021


As Hug House gears up for VALENCE's second season, we kick off Scoring Magic by talking about what a weird time it's been creating on 2020.

About Scoring Magic

Scoring Magic is presented by Hug House Productions. You …

2.2: Season 2 Production Updates

February 27th, 2021


We're neck-deep into production for season 2, and we've learned, ummmm, a lot about how to make an audio drama since season 1. Anne walks us through all of the changes we've made since season 1, and answers some of your …

2.3: Production Update... Update

September 4th, 2021


This week, Hug House brings you an update on everything we've been working on. And then... another update on everything we've been working on. And …

2.4: Sound Design with Wil

February 26th, 2022

Episode Notes

In this episode of Scoring Magic, Wil goes into their sound design process step by step and shares how they learned this finicky, complicated, detailed aspect of making an audio drama.

Mentioned in the …

2.5: We Did It

April 14th, 2023


With VALENCE coming to a close, we're bringing you the final episode of Scoring Magic... for now. Keep following us in the usual places, and …

2.6: Q&A

July 21st, 2023


The long-awaited responses to your Q&A! This is an ABRIDGED version of a full conversation between Anne and Wil—if you want the full extended …

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