Barely Alive // First Read Radio

Barely Alive

Barely Alive // First Read Radio

Turning short films scripts into radio plays! First Read Radio is a beefed up table read professionally recorded with voice actors and sound designed by a team of top-notch audiophiles all while under the direction of an experienced storytelling team.

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After the world seems to have ended due to an airborne virus, a resilient brother does everything he can to keep his 12-year-old sister safe. 


Written by: Bryce Lane, Garrett Sheeks, and Gary Jones
Directed by: Gary Jones
Sound Supervisor and Editor: Ryan Gottshall
Produced by: Awfully Good Media

Recorded at Spacewalk Sound


Narrator: Kerry Nash
Will: William Gabriel Grier
Ana: Marley Fang
Tom: Charles Brettner
Laura: Analysia Gramajo

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A mysterious airborne pandemic causes a Mother and Daughter to become deathly sensitive to sunlight.

Director's Vision

For this film, I wanted to make something that reflected the times we are going through right now, but with enough of a distance that it wouldn't feel too real or opportunistic. I've worked with Bella (the Daughter character) before on a few films, and she always delivers a phenomenal performance, whatever the subject matter or idea. What I didn't realise is how awesome her Mum is at acting, and the fact that we were able to use both of them together (they currently live together in a bubble) really helped anchor the more emotional, affecting scenes. To keep things safe, we worked with only a three-person crew, including DoP Terrence Wilkins who I have been desperate to work with for over a year, and one of my best friends Bryony who knows more about horror than anyone I know. We all doubled up (even tripled up) on roles, including some very last-minute art direction and me learning how to do a little bit of SFX makeup for a week before the shoot. I'm really proud and happy of how it turned out.