McMaster CSMM Alum Wins Apple’s ‘Best Fictional Podcast of 2019’
Multimedia class project propels the Boda brothers into podcast stardom
David Boda, a 2019 Communication and Multimedia honours graduate, along with his brother Stephen Boda, accompanist for the McMaster choir, earned the title of ‘Best Fictional Podcast of 2019’ by Apple Podcast Canada.
The Adventures of the Starship Coconut was initially created as a class project during David Boda’s time as a McMaster University student. The idea for the podcast originated in MMEDIA 2G03 Introduction to Digital Audio with Dr. David Ogborn and was further developed in MMEDIA 3X03 Presentation and Critique instructed by professor Robert Hamilton and professor Chris Myhr.
“Their feedback, especially [Prof.] Hamilton’s, was helpful to get the show and characters to where it is now,” says David Boda.
“It is crazy to think that Apple has recognized a show that started as an assignment at Mac and recorded in our living rooms as the best fictional podcast in the country,” says Boda.
Using voice acting, sound design, and original music, The Adventures of the Starship Coconut follows the escapades of Captain Kiwi, Natasha Lux, Flash, and PBL-O through a galaxy comprised of food on the ‘worst starship with the weirdest crew.’ This podcast combines humour, cartoon-like characteristics and science fiction to create a unique storyline and fiction podcast experience with roots linking to McMaster.
Some of the voice actors on the podcast even include other McMaster Multimedia graduates Chris Hampton Curtis, Robert Feurtado and Steven Sobot. And, the first episode was recorded on campus in the sound booth in Togo Salmon Hall.
The Multimedia program offers McMaster students hands-on experience with different forms of media production and creation. This includes audio, animation, graphic design, coding, and more.
The Introduction to Digital Audio (MMEDIA 2G03) course, where The Adventures of the Starship Coconut began, provides students with basic skills in sound recording and digital audio editing. A specific focus is placed on creating projects that apply these skills.
Presentation and Critique (MMEDIA 3X03A) provides students with further engagement into a wide variety of creative works and allows students to develop creative projects that are of interest to them. To learn more about the courses offered in the Multimedia program, visit https://csmm.humanities.mcmaster.ca/undergraduate-programs/courses/.
In the future, David and Stephen Boda hope to expand upon the realm of The Adventures of the Starship Coconut – they are currently in the process of pitching their podcast as a cartoon.
You can stream The Adventures of the Starship Coconut on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or on their website.