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About

My name is Martin Johnson and for 8 years I have been providing cinematic sound design, orchestral music, audio editing, mixing and mastering for some of Britain's best loved audio dramas, most of which have been broadcast on BBC Radio. These include many officially licensed audio adventures of Doctor Who (Big Finish Productions), the new horror anthology series Hammer Chillers (Hammer Films) and comedy horror series The Scarifyers (Bafflegab Productions).

Osiris is a 6 episode original cinematic science-fiction audio drama series intended to be listened to in 5.1 surround sound (also available in standard stereo) and each episode will have a 1-hour running time. This Kickstarter project will fund the first two epsiodes: Pilot and Osirian Enemy.

For those of you unfamiliar with the term ‘audio drama’, it is a term that is used to describe a radio play produced for CD release, digital download and web streaming. Unlike narrated audiobooks, audio drama is designed to sound like a film or television drama but using only audio to engage the listener’s own imagination and provide the images. This is where audio drama excels where film cannot. Your imagination is far more powerful than any CGI effect and because it is purely sound your senses are heightened and it is much easier to be drawn into the acoustic environment. It is my strong opinion that an audio drama production does have to be well made otherwise something like an overused library sound effect could jolt you right out of the story and you will become instantly aware of the editing.

Here is a trailer for my cinematic sound design, music and mixing work on the officially BBC licenced Doctor Who box set UNIT - Dominion. It will give you a small taster of how Osiris will sound in stereo...

Deep in the heart of Sherwood Forest stands a great ancient oak tree, The Major Oak. Myths and legends surround the tree and many theories have been cast about its unusual size but none are close to the truth.

In a hidden cave beneath the Major Oak lies a semi-organic spaceship buried for thousands of years until October 2014 when a freak tremor causes graphic designer Jason Fox to fall into the cave while walking in the woodland with his flatmate William Tyler. Upon rescue they are joined by their old university friend Christopher Mason and the three of them are thrown into an epic adventure within our own solar system that they will never forget.

The six episodes of series one are as follows:

  • Episode One: Pilot (April 2014) by Martin Johnson

Jason Fox discovers a spaceship hidden for thousands of years beneath Sherwood Forest. Fox and his friends are thrown into a dangerous adventure and chased by authorities around the world.

  • Episode Two: Osirian Enemy (April/June 2014) by Dan Lacey

Osiris is fired upon by Isis, an identical ship piloted by an alien female who wants Fox dead.

  • Episode Three: Dark Side of the Sun (August 2014) by Mathew Paling

The Osiris crew find a strange planet in Earth's orbit on the opposite side of the sun and become stranded.

  • Episode Four: Paradigm Shift (October 2015) by Paul Slack

Jessica boards Osiris when it comes tumbling out of a wormhole and gets caught in the gravitational pull of a moon.

  • Episode Five: Life After Death (December 2015) by Mark Ruthven

Fox is in a world of dreams and nightmares where he is put through a series of challenges.

  • Episode Six: Pyramids of Orion (February 2015) by Martin Johnson

The Osiris crew travel to Egypt to find local tribes being forced to build massive structures by an evil godlike being.

I’ve been developing Osiris for a number of years. Listening to it will be like listening to a Hollywood blockbuster film on audio with incredible atmospheric sound design and a huge orchestral soundtrack. It will also be one of the first of its kind to be mixed and available in 5.1 surround sound on a Limited Edition DVD as well as a standard stereo CD. It will also be available as a digital download in either format.

Everyone who backs the project at £20 or more will receive both episodes as a 5.1 surround sound MP3 (backwards compatible as a stereo MP3) and playable on PC, Playstation 3, DVD and Blu-Ray players, MP3 players (stereo) and most smartphones.

Limited Edition DVD  - The Limited Edition DVD is available to anyone who backs the project at £40 or more. These are limited and numbered to 1000 and are only available to Kickstarter backers. It contains a feature-length version of the first two episodes in 5.1 surround sound, behind-the-scenes material, complete orchestral music score in 5.1 surround sound and a thank you video.

I have an amazing production team working on the project, most of which have been working in the industry for many years on some of the best television and radio programmes in recent years.

Barnaby Edwards is confirmed as director of episodes one and two. As well as being principle Dalek operator of the current TV series of Doctor Who, Barnaby has directed many official BBC licensed Doctor Who audio dramas and runs a bespoke audiobook company called Textbook Stuff. We have a brilliant working relationship and have previously worked together on Doctor Who audio dramas including The Doomwood Curse and The Book of Kells. Our creativity is very similar in tone and style so our ideas usually gel very well together. 

Due to legal technicalities the cast will be announced after the recording has taken place and backers will get exclusivity on all developments. For now all I can tell you is that the Osiris cast have appeared in popular British television drama such as Doctor Who, Gavin & Stacey, Merlin and Robin Hood.

This kind of production, which is our most ambitious yet, isn't a cheap process. It costs a little over £5000 per 1-hour episode so that writers, directors, actors, artists, specialized studio rental, advertising, CD manufacturing and design printing can be paid for.

In total we are asking for £10,000 to make these first two episodes. Only backers receive the episodes at a reduced rate!

So with your help and support we can get this cinematic audio drama series off the ground and the initial episodes sent to Kickstarter backers* on CD, Limited Edition DVD and digital download in April 2014.

*Episode two will not be available to the public until June 2014.

For more information or to hear  more samples of previous productions you can visit my website at everybodylese.co.uk

If our initial funding goal of £10,000 is surpassed then we have stretch goals for this project which will allow more episodes to be recorded, edited, mass produced and released as dated above. Here are those stretch goals...

£20,000 - Allows episodes 3 & 4 to be produced and released professionally.

£30,000 - Allows episodes 3, 4, 5 & 6 to be produced and released professionally.

If these stretch goals are reached then everyone who gives £30 or more will receive free stereo downloads of additional episodes that were funded via Kickstarter as they are released, saving £32!

My name is Martin Johnson and for 8 years I have been providing cinematic sound design, orchestral music, audio editing, mixing and mastering for some of Britain's best loved audio dramas, most of which have been broadcast on BBC Radio. These include many officially licensed audio adventures of Doctor Who (Big Finish Productions), the new horror anthology series Hammer Chillers (Hammer Films) and comedy horror series The Scarifyers (Bafflegab Productions).

I have worked on many short film productions and a couple of officially licensed Doctor Who stage plays. My music and sound design can be heard on the re-imagined film version of The Power of the Daleks. I also created the entire title sequence for this film.

I have also directed and produced an audio drama version of F.Paul Wilson's horror novel The Keep, however, this was not made for public audiences.

My future goal is to continue providing good audio drama that pushes the boundaries of current technology so that audiences can experience sound like never before!

Thank you for taking an interest in a project I've been developing for most of my adult life. Without your backing we cannot bring Osiris to life in an world of sound.

Martin Johnson

Complete list of Rewards

  • Stereo MP3 Download
  • 5.1 Surround MP3 Download
  • Stereo CD Copy
  • Promotional Poster and Episode Artwork
  • Limited Edition DVD
  • Writer Signed CD's
  • Writer Signed A5 Scripts
  • Website Thanks Credit with Signed Certificate of Authenticity
  • CD/DVD Thanks Credit with Signed Certificate of Authenticity
  • Complete Cast & Production Team Signed A5 Scripts
  • Rare Unique Raw Studio Recordings DVD

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge for the Osiris project is funding it! We need all the help we can get to get the word around about this exciting new audio drama series. We will be promoting the Kickstarter project from day one and to make it successful we need your help. So please do whatever you can to make others aware of our cinematic adventure!

Everyone involved is a established professional in the media production business so a delay in the release of the episodes is extremely unlikely. Barnaby and I have produced these audio dramas many times so we know what we're doing and how to make it successful.

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