What hardware/software do you use?

I record using a sE Electronics V7 microphone directly into Mixcraft through a Zoom R16 as my audio interface.

After recording, the show is edited together entirely in Mixcraft.

I’ll also use other software like After Effects, Premiere Pro, Photoshop, Capture One Pro, Illustrator, Affinity Designer, Affinity Photo, Lightroom, etc. as needed for graphics, images, website material, social media, merchandise, etc.

What research materials do you use?

Unfortunately, there’s not a one-size-fits-all answer to this. For each episode, there’s an array of books, media and online sources that I use.

You can find links to a lot of these on each episode page, but that’s not all of them. Those are typically only the public, online resources.

It doesn’t include things from sites behind a paywall like Ancestry.com or Newspapers.com. It also doesn’t include physical resources like books, magazines or other resources that can’t be found digitally. While I try to include links to some of those physical resources through retailers like Amazon, quite honestly they don’t all make it into the show because it’d take a really long time to find links to each of those sources. I’d rather spend that time working on the episode.

If you have any questions about particular resources or episodes, please feel free to reach out.

Are the transcripts the same as the books the movies are based on?

Not at all. In fact, my primary hope for the show is to spark the interest in you to go buy the books, movies, and other resources that can help you learn even more. The show and the transcripts are intended solely for entertainment purposes, and to help point you in the right direction to learn more.

The transcripts on Amazon aren’t replacements, nor are they copies, of the books, movies, or any other writings that inspired the movies. They are original works of my own opinion. They do not represent the opinion of anyone mentioned in them. They are written in a completely different form and in an original manner.

So although they may reference movies, people, authors, places, or other historical items, they are original works that I own. If you want to know what’s in a transcript before buying one, listen to that episode. The transcripts are exactly the same as the podcast episode you hear, with a few minor grammatical fixes that I notice along the way.

What kind of show is Based on a True Story?

BOATS is essentially a movie review podcast. I just focus on the historical side of things instead of giving the movies a five-star rating. Think of my movie reviews like Blinkist, except instead of book summaries, my reviews only summarize a very specific thing–the historical accuracy of a movie. Each episode and transcript are original works that cover my opinions of how well a movie did when compared to the story in history it was trying to tell. For example, the modified version of a movie’s title in the show, 300 becomes Based on a True Story: 300, simply to identify the movie I’m reviewing.

You mispronounced something.

OK, this isn’t a question. Surprisingly, it seems a lot of people get sensitive about mispronunciations, though, so I thought I’d address it here. As part of my research for each episode, I put together a pronunciation guide to try to fix mispronunciations. However, as an English-only speaker, things still slip through. Pronunciation of words are also tricky because they vary depending on region.

For example, how do you pronounce the word Arkansas?

Where I grew up, it was always pronounced “Ar-kan-saw.”

However, I’ve met many people from the actual state of Arkansas who pronounce it “Ar-kansas.”

If you ask anyone who pronounces it one way over the other they’ll say the other pronunciation is incorrect. Of course, the way you pronounce something is always correct. 🙂 In the end, you’ll never make everyone happy when it comes to pronunciations. Hopefully the way I pronounce something doesn’t affect your ability to enjoy the free podcast. If it does, I completely understand your wanting to not listen.

Is the show historically accurate?

I try to make it as accurate as I can. But the truth is, I’m an independent producer creating a weekly entertainment podcast. So there’s no way I could ever hope to spend years researching each episode. That’s why my intent for the show isn’t to be a replacement for anything, but to be the catalyst that drives you to the books, movies, or other resources of the authors who did spend that time getting the details down. Don’t take my word for it; dive in and let’s learn the true stories together! You can post to the Facebook group with what you’ve found to spark up discussions.

Every show and transcript are either my own opinions of a movie’s historical accuracy based on things I’ve researched, fair use of news coverage at the time or other historical documents, or if I must quote something then I try to only source from works in the public domain. Unfortunately, some websites out there don’t always do a great job of sharing where they got the information from. If you’re the owner of copyrighted content that I’ve quoted incorrectly, or you notice something that is copyrighted works or should not be there please let me know and I can either remove the transcript or remove the offending content.

Like many other podcasts who find ways help supplement the costs of creating the show, I simply release the transcripts on Amazon as a way of helping me balance the podcast and web hosting costs. So you should only purchase the transcripts on Amazon if you want to help me cover those costs. Think of them like any other movie review–because that’s exactly what they are. They are not a replacement for buying the books, movies or other any other media that inspired the movies we love.

I'm an author, and I noticed something incorrect

First, thanks for taking the time to let me know! While I try to do as much research as I can, on a weekly schedule (part time) I’m unable to spend the amount of time researching each episode that the authors (you!) do who create the wonderful books who tell the real story. If you’re an author who has noticed something incorrect in one of my episodes, please let me know! I would love to have you come on the show where we can correct the mistakes I’ve made, and help promote your book at the same time. If you’d prefer not to be on the show, use the link above to email me and let me know what I missed, and I’d be happy to update the episode with the correct information as soon as time allows.