New eBook Teaches Filmmaking without the Camera

Call it the ‘unwritten chapter’ to most texts in Film Sound. This eBook provides simple, actionable tips and techniques for filmmakers who want to learn how to apply their craft to make movies without the camera. A survey of the challenges and opportunities in location audio drama production and a few tools (shot sheets and […]

Locke and Key the Audio Drama now Available on Audible

A year after primary recording, months and months of post-production re-recording, sound design, original scoring, and mastering, we are proud to announce that Locke and Key, created by Joe Hill and Gabe Rodriguez, adapted for audio by FinalRune’s Fred Greenhalgh and AudioComics’s Elaine Lee, is now LIVE, and available for free, through Nov 4, 2015.

“Vampire at the Vernal Pool” Audio Toured Featured in Local Press

Our work with Biddeford High School students on a pilot project combining the art of theater as outdoors-experiential learning (and long-term hiker terror) was featured in local publication The Journal Tribune. Audio tours provide historic view of tri-city area Writes Liz Gottheld: Fred Greenhalgh of Final Rune Productions in Alfred wrote, directed and produced “Vampire […]

Audible Announces “Locke & Key” the Audio Drama, Adapted by FinalRune and AudioComics

FinalRune Productions is delighted to announce that Audible has announced a staggeringly innovative project: the adaptation of “Locke & Key” the epic graphic novel saga by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, carried by IDW Publishing.  We worked on the script adaptation and field recording of the project, our friends at AudioComics produced and did a […]

The Cleansed: Season 3 Recording Begins

FinalRune is pleased to announce that recording has begun for Season 3 of The Cleansed! Season 3, the final season, pulls together the various storylines in one apocalyptic finish. Saul and Paul are seemingly impossible to stop as the set wheels in motion to destroy each other – and perhaps the world in the process. […]

FinalRune Productions to Speak at South by Southwest 2015

FinalRune Productions is thrilled to announce our forthcoming appearance at South by Southwest 2015 (#SXSW).  Producer Fred Greenhalgh will be a panelist on the topic “Movies in My Head: Audiodrama & Film.” So-called ‘radio drama’ has transformed in the digital age, bolstered by easy access to audiences through podcasting and the wide distribution of low-cost, […]

FinalRune Wraps Principal Production on Secret Project for Audible

FinalRune, in partnership with our good friends at AudioComics, has completed principal recording of an epic-length field recorded audio drama for Audible.  Our special talents in location recording were used in this adaptation of a work by a well-known New Hampshire writer. Much more about this exciting production will be announced in the months to come!  We […]

FinalRune Appears on MPBN’s “Maine Calling” Alongside Tim Sample and Michele Cobb

FinalRune’s creator Fred Greenhalgh appeared on the July 3, 2014 radio call-in show “Maine Calling” on MPBN with renowned Maine humorist Tim Sample and Audiofile Magazine publisher Michele Cobb. Fred, Tim, and Michele talked about the past, present, and future of audio drama storytelling, with a hearty discussion of the fundamentals of storytelling (what has […]

The Cleansed Finalist for Radio Romania’s Grand Prix Nova Award

The Cleansed: Season 2 has been named a finalist for Radio Romania’s Grand Prix Nova international radio drama award.  We are honored that our work is the sole representative from the United States in a competition with entries from over 20 countries. Final results will be announced in June.

FinalRune Partnering with ForestRose to create “A Journey with Strange Bedfellows” Gothic horror audio drama

Forest Rose Productions and FinalRune Productions have joined forces to produce a four (4) part episodic Gothic horror audio drama that is a “mash up” of six (6) lesser known classic short stories.  “A Journey with Strange Bedfellows” was conceived and written by writer, Jan C.J. Jones as adapted from (or inspired by) immortal works written by literary masters Nathaniel Hawthorne, Bram […]

FinalRune To Host “You Have Five Minutes” Live Radio Experience with Biddeford High School Students

Join FinalRune Productions and Biddeford High School students in an interactive celebration of radio drama. Pro FinalRune actors will guide students – and people from the audience! – in the performance of short plays. Like an old time photo booth, the audience-performers can pick stories from a variety of genres and act them out with […]

Of Drunken Ninja Turtles and Sunken Sailors

It’s not many places that you get to find random women dressed up in Catwoman costumes.  It’s rarer still to find ones interested in jumping behind the microphone and recording radio drama, but that was just the kind of scene you’d find at the inaugural Mark Time Broadcast Center held at the CONvergence Con in Bloomington, MN […]

FinalRune Joins Other Creators for “Post Apocalyptic Fiction Free for All” Panel At PortConMaine

Fred Greenhalgh of FinalRune Productions will be joining Shawn French and Mortimer Glum (Escape from Jesus Island) and Regina and Marc Bartholomew (Happy Motoring, Parallaxis) at PortConMaine on Sunday, June 23 12pm for a session called “Post Apocalyptic Fiction Free For All” The three post-apocalyptic producers will be talking about the fiction that inspires them, […]

Maine Arts Commission Awards “Good Idea” Grant to FinalRune

FinalRune Productions has been awarded a “Good Idea Grant” in the amount of $1,500 that will be used for our production of Season 2 of The Cleansed. The grant will allow us to make several equipment upgrades that increase the quality of our field recordings, which in Season 2 take place at Wolf Pine Farm […]

The Cleansed: Season 2 Kicks Off

Production kicked off for Season 2 of The Cleansed yesterday in a session at Wolf Pine Farm in Alfred, Maine. Wolf Pine’s property abuts the Mousam River, and we used a beautiful picnic spot on the Farm as our home base for a rigorous day of recording. Season 2 begins with our characters headed downriver […]

FinalRune and Aural Stage Studios Win Gold Ogle

FinalRune producer Fred Greenhalgh is groggily returning from Minneapolis, where he’s just spent an incredible weekend at CONvergence 2012, Minnesota’s largest sci-fi/fantasy convention with over 5,000 estimated attendees. The occasion was to attend the Mark Time and Ogle awards ceremony, where FinalRune’s 2011 show, Intensive Care by James Comtois (co-produced with Aural Stage Studios) won […]

FinalRune Visits Audio Legend Tom Lopez

On Easter weekend 2012, Fred headed out across two-lane roads of NH, VT and NY to visit Tom Lopez at the ZBS Foundation‘s headquarters, an 1800s farmhouse in Fort Edward, NY. A lot of radio history was made at this unassuming location sitting on 33 acres in the heart of New York’s dairy country. By […]

The Cleansed: Season 1 Launch Party!!!

FinalRune is thrilled to announce the launch party for Season 1 of The Cleansed! This is the beginning of FinalRune’s largest audio project to date, an audio epic that follows three youths confronting a world torn asunder by a global energy crisis. 15 years after a devastating time called “The Breaking,” a haggard ex-soldier, John […]

Updated Links in our “Resources” Section

After five years of sitting on it, we’ve blown some of the cobwebs out of our section of Radio Drama Resources. In particular, there are some fresh new entries in the Radio Drama Craft section and a few of our new favorite producers. To be clear, this section is far from exhaustive. and the […]

FinalRune and AuralStage Studios Join Up for 2nd Annual Transcontinental Terror

ALFRED, MAINE – For the fifth year in a row, FinalRune Productions will be releasing an original horror story on Halloween; the twist this year – a new collaboration with New York-based Aural Stage Studios. “It’s kind of tradition,” says FinalRune Producer Fred Greenhalgh, “Halloween always is a time of heightened interest in radio drama […]

Announcing: The Cleansed, Season One

FinalRune is thrilled to say that casting is nearly complete for the first 8 episodes of The Cleansed, and we’re now gearing up for a busy autumn field recording season. The Cleansed: Season 1 picks up 15 years after the tumultuous events in the pilot episode. A period of violent political and social turmoil has […]

RØDE Microphones Signs On to Support The Cleansed

A big box of microphones arrived just in time for Fred’s birthday! We’re thrilled to announce that RØDE Microphones has signed on as a supporter of FinalRune’s audio work, sending us a selection of microphones to help with our in-studio recording (RØDE Procaster), sound effects recording (RØDE NTG-2 and “Dead Cat”), and video efforts (RØDE […]

THE CLEANSED wins Silver Mark Time Award!

FinalRune Fred and Matthew Boudreau of 1918 trying out our new RØDE NTG-2 as we prowl for interesting sound at #cvg2011. FinalRune is proud to receive the Silver Mark Time Award for our pilot of The Cleansed. The Mark Time Award is given each year to honor the Best Science Fiction Audio Production, along with […]

Get FinalRune Stories on Your Amazon Cloud Player!

Being Android users, we were psyched to hear the news about Amazon’s new Cloud Drive and Cloud Player service. It’s pretty cool: no frills free 5GB of space to store whatever you want, an Audio Player via the internet and Android App, and instant integration into Amazon’s MP3 Store. If you’re looking for cool content […]

FinalRune Hosts Night of Apocalyptic Audio at Coffee by Design

Mm.. coffee, cake, and radio drama. Earlier this month, Portland, Maine coffee company Coffee by Design hosted FinalRune producer-in-chief Fred Greenhalgh for an evening presenting The Cleansed. After a screening of Behind the Scenes: The Troll of Stony Brook Fred gave a short history of radio drama, talking about the significance of FinalRune and The […]

Night of Apocalyptic Audio March 4 at Coffee by Design

Join Us March 4 at Coffee by Design Want to hear more about The Cleansed and have the chance to ask any questions you have about the art of producing radio drama? Then come out Friday, March 4 from 7-9PM at Coffee By Design’s India Street location: 67 India Street, Portland, Maine. We will be […]

Remaster of “Dark Passenger” Now Available

A little treat for our loyal listeners – we saw that Dark Passenger has been a hugely popular download on this site, so we decided to give it a fresh listen… and couldn’t help but see if we could improve the mix a bit. The result, a refreshed, spookier than ever mix of the terrible […]

New Site Launches for Season One of The Cleansed

FinalRune is proud to announce the launch of a new website to accompany our most ambitious project to date, The Cleansed. Found at, the new site features story information, story structure and support options for the new production. With an operating budget of $35,000 to yet be raised, FinalRune will be spending most of […]

A Christmas Greeting – Thank YOU for a Great Year

Our Favorite Gift: You Thank YOU for a year of enthusiasm, encouragement, ideas, and most of all – listening! FinalRune has grown by leaps in bounds in 2010, starting with our production of the pilot episode of Open Season and incredible Wall Street Journal coverage. We went on to do our second live event, a […]

This Halloween! Tune into THE CLEANSED

Some time in the not so distant future, the world as we know it is starting to unravel. The United States is mired in unwinnable wars, gas is scarce and the transportation system grinds to a halt. Homegrown terrorists take out the electric grid. Food is strictly rationed and distributed by the military. As citizens […]