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It’s hard to believe, but we recorded the pilot episode of Alba in 2011. That’s three years before we got the rest of the series recorded and released the whole thing to the world. By the time we recorded Episode 6, two of our actors had had a baby, and that baby was already walking and talking.

As with most pilots, this one’s a bit rough around the edges. For one thing, there are more characters than I’d ever try to introduce in an episode now. If it works at all without being too confusing, I suspect it’s because I leaned on a lot of familiar fairy-tale tropes. And there were other issues with the way I directed it, but we’ll get to that.

All in all, though, I’m proud of it, particularly the production work, and our actors did a splendid job. We hope you enjoy it too.

You can listen to the episode here. Or read on for the original recording script, complete with deleted scenes and lines, plus commentary on the writing and production. We’re releasing annotated scripts as a reward for our supporters on Patreon, but this first one’s available to all!

—Eli

…continue reading “Annotated Script: Alba Salix Season 1, Episode 1”