The Audio Drama Ratings System

March 31, 2020

Rating Language Violence Sexual Activity Horror Psychological Impact AD-General Suitable for All Ages Occasional use of words such as darn, damn, hell. Restrained portrayals of limited violence that may result in extremely limited bloodletting. Limited embracing, kissing in a loving context. Brief moments of mild horror in comedic, historic, or fantasy settings (for example, dragons, giants, wicked witches). Sensitive to treatments of scenes or situations related to a child's sense of security and well-being. AD-Parental Guidance Parental Guidance Advised Limited use of stronger expletives and/or slurs and/or mild sexual references. Restrained portrayals of non-graphic violence, integral to the plot. The portrayals are not prolonged; there are no close-ups; bloodletting and/or tissue damage is limited. Embracing, kissing in a loving context; mild sexual innuendo. Exciting horror scenes and some grotesque images may be allowed in a fantasy or comedic context, but there will be no detailed and/or prolonged focus on gory images or suffering. Sensitive to treatments of scenes and situations that may cause adverse psychological impact on children. May include frightening or emotionally upsetting situations involving threats, injury, illness, family problems, or death to young people, family member and animals (particularly pets). AD-Parental Guidance 13 Persons Younger than 13 Should be Accompanied by an Adult Coarse language and/or slurs directed to specific segments of society; sexual references. Infrequent strong, aggressive language Portrayals of violence resulting in some bloodletting and/or tissue damage, which may or may not be fatal. Violence should be within the context of the film. Kissing, petting, fondling, implied sexual activity; sexual innuendo. Occasional gory moments and some grotesque images, but these will not be detailed. Occasional upsetting scenes that will tend to be more frightening, intense, disturbing - particularly to younger viewers. More mature themes can be portrayed. Threats with some abusive dialogue may be considered. Rating Language Violence Sexual Activity Horror Psychological Impact AD-Restricted Restricted to Persons 17 years of age or older Very intense & aggressive coarse language &/or slurs or sexual references, usually accompanied by violence directed toward the person(s). Frequent sexual references. Frequent and/or prolonged portrayals of violence resulting in bloodletting and/or tissue damage. Limited instances of brief, visually explicit portrayals of violence. Limited instances of brief simulated sexual activity. Gory or grotesque imagery may be more frequent or detailed, but will generally avoid prolonged focus. Frequent upsetting, disturbing or frightening scenes that may cause adverse psychological impact on some mature viewers. AD-No One Under 17 Restricted to Persons 17 years of age or older No restriction. Visually explicit portrayals of violence, which may be characterized by extreme brutality, extreme bloodletting and extreme tissue damage. May include torture, horror, sexual violence. Simulated sexual activity; limited instances of brief, non-violent explicit sexual activity. Horrific themes, incidents and images will have a more prolonged or graphic focus and greater frequency. Scenes and situations may cause extreme adverse psychological impact. Could involve intense and compelling terror, acts of degradation, threats of violence, and continuous acts of non-extreme violence. Such situations could be accompanied by coarse, abusive, and degrading dialogue. Additional Considerations: Traditionally there are additional considerations involved with the rating of movies, and should be considered as well with Audio Drama. Such as: 1. Historical productions usually are allowed more violent depictions than other stories for educational purposes. 2. Smoking and drug use in shows automatically represent a AD-PG-13 rating or higher. 3. Males that have gone shirtless have still represented a AD-G-rating. 4. Male frontal nudity has represented traditionally less offensive than female frontal nudity and less restrictive in ratings. 5. Bloodless violence has maintained usually a AD-PG-rating. 6. Audio drama nudity is only really referenced through dialogue of the actors and context will vary the rating. Rating Suggestion Dialogue Below is included the Rating suggested warning text. Rating Formal Informal Brief AD-General Suitable for All Ages The following Audio Drama is rated G- for General Audience and is suitable for all ages. The following Audio Drama is rated G- for “Gee, this is tame. Expect your kids to get more out of this than you. The following Audio Drama is rated G- for General Audience. For more information see theaudiodramadirectory.com AD-Parental Guidance Parental Guidance Advised The following Audio Drama is rated PG and may include coarse language and violence. Parental Guidance is suggested. The following Audio Drama is rated PG for “Pretty Good”. You could experience lots of explosions with no body parts and a couple of swears. Parents should be ready to cover their ears. The following Audio Drama is rated PG- for Parental Guidance. For more information see theaudiodramadirectory.com AD-Parental Guidance 13 Persons Younger than 13 Should be Accompanied by an Adult The following Audio Drama is rated PG-13 and may include coarse language, sexual references and violence. Parental Guidance is recommended, Children under the age of 13 should listen with an adult. The following Audio Drama is rated PG-13 for “Pretty Gory”. You may experience swearing, violence and sexual situations, that you engage in often, hopefully never, and only in your dreams. Parents need to watch your children. They could learn more than you want them to… The following Audio Drama is rated PG-13 for Parental Guidance. For more information see theaudiodramadirectory.com AD-Restricted Restricted to Persons 17 years of age or older The following Audio Drama is rated- R and is restricted to those 17 or 18 years and older because of instances of violence or sexual situations. The following Audio Drama is rated-R for “Rocking!” You can be sure that everything you wanted to see when you were a teenager is here. Just tantalizingly out of reach if you’re under 17 or 18 years old. The following Audio Drama is rated R- for Restricted. For more information see theaudiodramadirectory.com AD-No One Under 17 Restricted to Persons 17 years of age or older The following Audio Drama is rated- NC-17 and is restricted to those 17, 18 or 21 years and older because of instances of graphic violence and sex. The following Audio Drama is rated-NC-17 for “No Can do” if you’re 17,18, or even 21 in some states or younger. In other words, the producers of this show didn’t want to be “burdened” with things like “morality” or “clothes”. The following Audio Drama is rated NC-17. For more information see theaudiodramadirectory.com Why Audio Drama Ratings? Audio Drama on the Internet has become a renewed golden age of entertainment. So many new companies and individuals have created plays and stories and are distributing them through Internet Radio, Direct Downloads, Streaming and of course Podcasts. But as we become a larger and more robust community, it becomes more and more difficult to sort out which show is most appropriate for which audience. As an educator and a father, I know I would love to be able to point more families, teachers and students to a number of different audio play productions. In the old days of radio, we had specific requirements banning certain language and adult situations. Today we have virtually no limitations in the breadth and scope of our tales! So, to help sort appropriate audiences, I have, with the consultation of several folks, developed a basic ratings system. It is my hope as many organizations and audio drama producers will sign on and agree to rate their shows so that many more people can listen and enjoy! Why will this be important to you? Having your show rated means people know what to expect, and will be more willing to try you out! What Does it Mean to Be a Signatory to the Audio Drama Rating System While it sounds very official, it just comes down to this. If your company or production team signs up to be a signatory group you agree to do the following: · Self rate your own audio drama productions according to the standards we’ve set up · Place a small audio warning clip at the beginning of your shows declaring what your production is rated at That’s it. There’s nothing more to it. Just sign up, and go ahead. We’ve included some AD Rating system clips here voiced by Shannon Hilchie that are both professional and fun for each rating. Feel free to use them, or make your own. Our hope is to make it easier for others to find you! The Seal of Approval Because you’re going to take the time to rate your shows, it is only fair that we provide for you a seal of approval for your site! Here are the categories we’ve identified: Bronze Seal- Shows that you will be rating at least one of your shows on your site for the public. Silver Seal- Proclaims that you will be rating ALL of your shows from the moment you’ve signed on as a Signatory and continue in the future. Gold Seal- Proclaims that you will have ALL your shows rated from your backlog as well as all future episodes. Remember, you can always begin with the Bronze and work your way up to the Gold. We’re just happy you’ve chosen to belong! Does this mean I have to rate all my previous shows? This is of course, up to you. We recommend you give yourself a month to have all your previous works reassigned a rating. Perhaps all of your works are a single rating, and that would make it very easy for people to identify. You can of course, simply identify all your previous shows before signing up as “Unrated” as well. We’ll open to suggestions. This will require enough of a commitment from you without making it onerous. But we’d like to make sure that all shows you make from the time after you sign up with us as a signatory company will be rated. This way, traffic that is directed to your website from ours will know exactly what they can expect. With Thanks I would like to thank the following people who have helped to make the Audio Drama Rating System successful: John Bell who worked on helping me with better wording and ideas. Jeffrey Adams who’s original and subsequent discussions on this whole project burned in my brain until I had to finish it. Jeremy Yenser who’s magnificent site theaudiodramadirectory.com was a perfect fit for this concept, and who was magnanimous enough to put it into place. Matt Leong for his amazing talents with artistry in creating the cool logos for the rating system. Bill Hollweg and the folks at Broken Sea who jumped on board right away. And to all of you, who feel as I do, that this, in perhaps a small way, really matters. Thanks Everyone, Jack J. Ward References: http://www.answers.com/topic/motion-picture-association-of-america-film-rating-system#Rating_process http://www.media-awareness.ca/english/resources/ratings_classification_systems/film_classification/ont_film_classification.cfm