Arca-45672: The Podcast
A Note On the Work...
Over the course of a year I've worked with countless amazing individuals to make this project happen. At one point the contents of the podcast were readily available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and all kinds of popular hosting platforms. Arca received amazing coverage from institutions like CBC Arts and was a top performer on the iTunes charts in Canada.
However, podcasting as a field has rapidly expanded, and those who cannot afford to "pay to play" are being progressively shut out of the industry. There are some indie audio fiction podcasters who have found a way to persevere through this financial wall. Some podcasters use crowdfunding to make their projects a reality. Others use grants, or are personally wealthy. To make Arca required a great financial investment and was not sustainable beyond the first season to achieve the level of detail and quality I wanted it to be. Our cast was large and the sound effects and music ate up a huge part of the budget. While it was a great success, the bar was set at a level that required us to meet or exceed it. The funds required to do so were not available.
I was also not interested in being subservient to the ups and downs of crowdfunding that would have been required to make a second season. I don't find this to be a sustainable business model when you are working as a writer, producer, editor and sound designer. Something always has to take a back seat, and in this case keeping up with Patreon benefits was what had to go.
Arca will continue on in various forms. As video works, as paintings and as novels. I hope to continually improve the story as it moves along, and find that with each new iteration my ability to tell a story improves.
Finally, thank you to the countless individuals who worked on this project. It wouldn't have been possible without you.
Trailer and Cast Information
Dr. Ben Verrinder- Ryan Kniel
Major Roya Khan- Margaret Hicks
Dr. Ariel Drezner- Brendan Sugden
Dr. Margaux Reese- Parker Feenstra
Colonel Schaffer- Nicholas Guerreiro
Lieutenant Johnstone- Kaelan Bain
Private Imani Zain- Taylor Williams
General Hardy- Paul Cridge
Octavia/Sirius- Parker Feenstra and Paul Cridge
Captain Zola- Nicholas Guerreiro
Secretary General Torres- Paul Cridge
First Officer- Brendan Sugden
Executive Producer: Claire Scherzinger
Director/Producer: Kirsten Sharun
Writer: Claire Scherzinger
Sound Engineer/Producer: William Lynch
Sound Design: Claire Scherzinger
With special thanks to Cliff Haman, Kirk McNally and the University of Victoria.