Interview 33 – KC Wayland
by Dan Repperger

* (0:27) Introducing KC Wayland, the writer and director of We’re Alive.

* (1:20) How the production got started and where KC found his inspiration.

* (4:23) Where the series got its initial funding.

* (5:25) Hitting the time mark for each episode.  The importance of a release schedule that balances consistency with breaks for the production crew to catch up.

* (11:10) Why KC has opted to avoid crowdfunding the show.

* (14:57) Standing apart in a market saturated with zombies.

* (19:34) Finding and managing enough people to form the full cast of voice actors.  KC’s experience with RPGs and the most brilliant DM on the face of the Earth.

* (25:15) The amount of the story that was planned from the very beginning.

* (26:25) Deconstructing the appeal of a zombie story and the impact those themes had on We’re Alive.

* (35:15) You can find KC’s audio drama at zombiepodcast.com.

Hosts: Chad, Chris, Dan, Pat, Wayne

Guests: KC Wayland

Comments (13)

IanAugust 1st, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Never heard of this until today. Casually checked out the website before listening to FtB. Now I’m about to start chapter 6. How many of the next 32ish hours of material do I need to hear before I can listen to this without spoilers, all of it?

DanAugust 1st, 2013 at 3:26 pm

The episode really focuses on the making of the show, themes it covers, etc. I don’t recall any specific plot points being divulged, so you should be able to listen to the entire interview.

ChrisAugust 1st, 2013 at 6:42 pm

Agreed. I’ve listened to WA all the way through the end of Season 3, and though we talk about a couple of specific scenes, they are in rather generic detail. SO you should be good.

ChrisAugust 2nd, 2013 at 11:23 am

Well, let me amend that just a bit. I do alude to something that happens in Season 3 that is a hanging plot point at the end of Season 2. It’s not a full-on spoiler, because at the end of Season 2, you are pretty sure what is implied is not a final result (he said trying to be vague). :) I do not think in any way it ruins the overall story for you one bit however.

IanAugust 2nd, 2013 at 2:22 pm

I think I’ll wait anyway. I mean, I’ve stormed through the first 14 chapters in a day and half. I should be up to date easily before next week’s episode drops. Cheers for bringing this to my attention, its great.

UemeiAugust 5th, 2013 at 4:58 am

This sucks!

No wait, let me amend that. This is AWESOME and just the thing I’ve been looking for, but it’s about a zombocalypse, and THAT sucks.

Having listened to FtB for (oh my god it’s been seven years) a while now I’m a bit of an audio snob, and the audio quality of We’re Alive is superb. Add to this the fact that I like radio plays/dramas, and that the story was planned with a distinct beginning, middle, and end, and We’re Alive basically becomes perfect for me!

But no matter how perfectly We’re Alive fits the bill, I can’t- I just… This is the reason I can’t play The Last of Us.

So basically what I’m wondering is; where can I find other pod-things-exactly-like-this-but-not-actually-this? Because this is awesome!

ChrisAugust 5th, 2013 at 7:49 am

So, is it because of the zombies that you are turned off? As I fan of We’re Alive, I want to gauge your dislike of the show and the reasons, so I can attempt (or not) to convince you to try it.

DanAugust 5th, 2013 at 8:54 am

Good question, Uemei. I could point you to a bunch of aggregating websites, but that’s not as good as a specific recommendation. Wayne consumes a lot of audio dramas and audio fiction, so I’ll direct him over here to take a stab at helping you out!

UemeiAugust 6th, 2013 at 12:01 am

In response to Chris I’d like to say:

I feel I should clarify my position. I’m functionally a fan of all the parts of We’re Alive except the zombie apocalypse.

Hearing that a KC planed out the first half of the show in one evening and then finished writing the show before the halfway mark is THE reason I listened to the first episode. I can’t tell you how tired I am of people writing things one episode or season at a time with no structure or ending planed out. That’s why I like so many miniseries and anime because if you don’t know where the show’s going when you first start writing it you wind up standing in front of a room full of your peers four to seven years later saying, “OK, there wasn’t really a plan, those two were angels all along, and a friendly ghost helps them make the jump!”

The flip side to that though is, the show’s about a zombocalypse, and that’s always- Well I hesitate to make a blanket statement about the genre, but if there’s one thing that 10,000 years of human history has taught me it’s that humans are really good at killing things. I think 28 Days Later, and Shaun of the Dead understand that too.

In response to Dan I’d like to say:

Thanks for the help! You needn’t necessarily bother Wayne though, if you know of any websites specifically aggregating PodDrama instead of PodCasts in general I could just peruse the lists myself.

In response to future Wayne if he makes any recommendations at Dans request I’d like to say:

Thanks for all the recommendations! I can’t wait to check out Two Girls One Cup and Tub Girl, they both sound pretty interesting.

ChrisAugust 8th, 2013 at 12:52 pm

Uemei…

I don’t know if it’s the medium, or something else, but I’m not really catching your meaning. Are you simply saying that you’re not a fan of that genre, much like Chad is not a fan of mixing genres?

Is that the sole reason? Cool if it is, I’m just trying to understand.

jonmcnallyAugust 8th, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Like others above, this show was off my radar. Listened to the first few episodes and was taken with the characters and production value. Thanks for this interview!

UemeiAugust 8th, 2013 at 6:35 pm

Chris,

Yes, that’s exactly what I’m saying.

FtB, and the first episode of We’re Alive made me a fan of KC Wayland, but not necessarily We’re Alive.

It’s like how I want Naomi Novik to finish writing Temeraire so she can start writing something that I will want to read, because I love Novik’s writing, but I think she stinks at world creation. I’m really hoping KC does another PodDrama after this, because what he did on a project I’m not that into, makes me hope he’ll do something I can enjoy instead of just appreciate.

Oh, and good luck on you’re kickstarter!

ChrisAugust 9th, 2013 at 7:52 am

Uemei,

Gotcha and thanks, brotha! Keep an eye out fora rough-cut version of the show this weekend.

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