Title: Pendant Productions
Executive Producer/Founder: Jeffrey Bridges
Genre: Multiple – Anthology, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Horror, Super Hero, Fan Fiction
Rating: Primarily adult fare similar to graphic novels*
Availability: Free – PendantAudio.Com
Greetings, Audionauts – Captain Radio here with a visit to mega audio drama site, Pendant Productions.
In 2004, with the support and participation of friends and family, bound together by a love for all things Star Trek, Jeffrey Bridges launched Pendant Productions and its first series, Star Trek: Defiant. His goal was to use fan fiction to produce old-time radio chapter serial excitement for modern audiences. Not surprisingly, the second Pendant offering was Superman:
When Bridges began to podcast, his energy, excitement, and prolific success at producing fan fiction audio drama readily infected others. Soon additional series from a small horde of new associate podcast producers and their minions virtually doubled Pendant output.
In this way, Batman, Wonder Woman, and The Martian Manhunter, among other DC super heroes, joined Superman, while Star Wars and the original series, Earth-P, joined Star Trek. British super-spy, James Bond, and archaeologist extraordinaire, Indiana Jones, round out a stellar fan fiction podcast lineup.
With so much low-to-no-budget production ongoing, and with so many producer “buddies” getting into the action, Pendant early pioneered remote recording techniques. Far-flung actors read and record their lines with on-hand equipment, then somehow post their recordings to the program “mother ship” to mix new shows.
Taking a slightly new tack in 2007, Bridges struck an alliance with Genesis Avalon producer, Kathryn Pride, to develop an anthology series, Seminar. Each futuristic episode opens with a reverbed Instructor introducing a class learning experience which can be as simple as retrospectively “observing” actors Richard Castro and Bernadette Groves enjoying an enriching, if ultimately sad, Moment of connection:
In 2009, Pendant premiered Green Arrow (voiced by Mark Bradford) who enjoys quite different “moments” of connection with gorgeous, tough, and icy hip crime-fighter, Black Canary (voiced by Anna Rodriquez). G.A. scripting neatly combines mundane scenes of witty alter ego realism with obligatory punchy super hero banter:
Individual Pendant series producers strive conscientiously to hit their own personal high marks while enjoying the heck out of what their doing. The result, at minimum, is a Pendant Productions virtual mega-mall of entertaining, enjoyable, and frequently escapist audio drama featuring something almost certain to tantalize any listener.
Explore Jeffrey Bridges’ massive audio drama site, Pendant Productions, by visiting PendantAudio.com.
Pendant Productions stats (at time of review):
Total available episodes: 869
Total runtime: 433 hours, 15 mins, 08 secs
Commentary tracks (not included in runtime): 441
Total podcast hits: 46,748,000
Total mp3 downloads: 11,050,000
Until next time, Audionauts, this is Captain Radio, signing off!
* Rating based on the Audio Drama Directory Ratings System.