Point North Media is creating smart podcasts and videos about stories
619

patrons

$1,800
per month
Hello! I'm Alastair Stephens, and with Point North Media, I make podcasts and online content dedicated to understanding, exploring, analyzing and celebrating stories and popular culture. I have big plans -- huge, giant plans -- and I'd like you to be a part of our growing community. 

What does Point North Media do?

Right now, I produce four ongoing podcasts, available through iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, and via the Point North Media website:


There And Back Again: An Exploration Of Tolkien's Middle-Earth is a long-running series dedicated to a close reading of the most important fantasy novels of all time, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. What makes Tolkien's work distinctive? What is the timeless conflict at the heart of his fiction? Who is Tom Bombadil, and do balrogs really have wings? Find out as we travel from the Shire to the Lonely Mountain, from Rivendell to Mordor, and back again!


Dear Mr. Potter is an affectionate and enthusiastic analysis of JK Rowling's world-changing Harry Potter series. What is the story told by the Harry Potter series? How do adolescent adventures and adult fantasy interact on the page? What are we to make of muggles? Listen and find out!
 
Story And Star Wars is an in-depth study of the narrative heart of the most important pop culture phenomenon of the last fifty years. What is A New Hope really about? What does the prequel trilogy tell us about the Force? Why is Rey such an important character to the future of the Star Wars universe? Discover the answer to all these questions and more with Story And Star Wars!


Point North One-Shots are individual lectures, each of which covers a new movie, book or TV show. So far, we've covered topics as diverse as The Princess Bride, Casablanca, The NeverEnding Story and Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, and there are many more to come -- including some topics selected by our most generous patrons!

Why "Point North Media"?

I named my company Point North Media because the compass metaphor is suggestive of both exploration and guidance, which are the principles which underpin my approach to the critical analysis of stories and storytelling. My aim is to make smart podcasts which engage and empower the listener, and to encourage the informed, critical discourse surrounding our favorite books, movies and TV shows.

What are the costs?

Producing lots of podcasts isn't cheap. Right now, it takes at least $300 every month just to keep the lights on:
  • $100 on podcast hosting and backups
  • $50 on live video broadcasting
  • $40 on website hosting
  • $50 on audio and video editing software
  • $40 on other software
  • $20-$50 on books, movies and TV show purchases
The largest investment in Point North Media, though, comes in the form of my time. I've been doing this for a long time, and I'm a well-oiled podcast machine, but it still takes time! In an average week, I produce five or six hours of content -- but every hour of the final product takes up to seven hours to create. Per hour of finished content, I spend approximately:
  • Two hours on reading and research
  • Two hours on show prep, scripts, slides etc.
  • One hour on recording
  • One hour on editing
  • One hour on art, show notes, uploading, publishing, website updates etc.
So to produce five or six hours of content per week, I spend between thirty-five and forty-two hours working directly on podcasts. Some weeks, I produce even more finished content. It adds up, is what I'm saying, and it doesn't leave much time for other work, which is why your support for Point North Media is absolutely vital!

I also passionately believe in Patreon as a platform, and support a number of creators directly, so your support of Point North helps sustain the cycle of creation and artistry on the internet!

So what now?

Thank you so much for visiting my Patreon page; if you like what you see, and you'd like to support independent analysis, criticism and discussion on the internet, then please pledge your support! In return, you'll get access to bonus episodes, a weekly live Q&A session, access to my Patreon-exclusive Discord server, and more! Thank you!
Rewards
Producers
$1 or more per month 543 patrons
Thank you for your support! At this tier, you get access to all the patron-exclusive Point North content, including the weekly Book Club!
Includes Discord rewards
Senior Producers
$10 or more per month 72 patrons
Thank you! At this tier, you get access to all the Patreon-exclusive Point North content,  access to the Point North Discord channel, plus line-jumping privileges for the live weekly Q&A, and a monthly postcard with some custom Words Of Wisdom!
Includes Discord rewards
Executive Producers
$20 or more per month 14 patrons
Wow! At this tier, you get access to all the Patreon-exclusive Point North content,  access to the Point North Discord channel, line-jumping privileges, a monthly postcard, and you get to choose the topic for a special one-shot lecture!
Includes Discord rewards
Goals
$1,800 of $2,250 per month
Better Audio Quality: When we reach this milestone, we'll upgrade out audio system and replace our existing mics and mixers with sleek, beautiful, better-sounding tech. This will include the purchase of high-quality lapel mics which will make it possible to record outside of the studio, and conduct more interviews!
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Hello! I'm Alastair Stephens, and with Point North Media, I make podcasts and online content dedicated to understanding, exploring, analyzing and celebrating stories and popular culture. I have big plans -- huge, giant plans -- and I'd like you to be a part of our growing community. 

What does Point North Media do?

Right now, I produce four ongoing podcasts, available through iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, and via the Point North Media website:


There And Back Again: An Exploration Of Tolkien's Middle-Earth is a long-running series dedicated to a close reading of the most important fantasy novels of all time, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. What makes Tolkien's work distinctive? What is the timeless conflict at the heart of his fiction? Who is Tom Bombadil, and do balrogs really have wings? Find out as we travel from the Shire to the Lonely Mountain, from Rivendell to Mordor, and back again!


Dear Mr. Potter is an affectionate and enthusiastic analysis of JK Rowling's world-changing Harry Potter series. What is the story told by the Harry Potter series? How do adolescent adventures and adult fantasy interact on the page? What are we to make of muggles? Listen and find out!
 
Story And Star Wars is an in-depth study of the narrative heart of the most important pop culture phenomenon of the last fifty years. What is A New Hope really about? What does the prequel trilogy tell us about the Force? Why is Rey such an important character to the future of the Star Wars universe? Discover the answer to all these questions and more with Story And Star Wars!


Point North One-Shots are individual lectures, each of which covers a new movie, book or TV show. So far, we've covered topics as diverse as The Princess Bride, Casablanca, The NeverEnding Story and Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, and there are many more to come -- including some topics selected by our most generous patrons!

Why "Point North Media"?

I named my company Point North Media because the compass metaphor is suggestive of both exploration and guidance, which are the principles which underpin my approach to the critical analysis of stories and storytelling. My aim is to make smart podcasts which engage and empower the listener, and to encourage the informed, critical discourse surrounding our favorite books, movies and TV shows.

What are the costs?

Producing lots of podcasts isn't cheap. Right now, it takes at least $300 every month just to keep the lights on:
  • $100 on podcast hosting and backups
  • $50 on live video broadcasting
  • $40 on website hosting
  • $50 on audio and video editing software
  • $40 on other software
  • $20-$50 on books, movies and TV show purchases
The largest investment in Point North Media, though, comes in the form of my time. I've been doing this for a long time, and I'm a well-oiled podcast machine, but it still takes time! In an average week, I produce five or six hours of content -- but every hour of the final product takes up to seven hours to create. Per hour of finished content, I spend approximately:
  • Two hours on reading and research
  • Two hours on show prep, scripts, slides etc.
  • One hour on recording
  • One hour on editing
  • One hour on art, show notes, uploading, publishing, website updates etc.
So to produce five or six hours of content per week, I spend between thirty-five and forty-two hours working directly on podcasts. Some weeks, I produce even more finished content. It adds up, is what I'm saying, and it doesn't leave much time for other work, which is why your support for Point North Media is absolutely vital!

I also passionately believe in Patreon as a platform, and support a number of creators directly, so your support of Point North helps sustain the cycle of creation and artistry on the internet!

So what now?

Thank you so much for visiting my Patreon page; if you like what you see, and you'd like to support independent analysis, criticism and discussion on the internet, then please pledge your support! In return, you'll get access to bonus episodes, a weekly live Q&A session, access to my Patreon-exclusive Discord server, and more! Thank you!

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Rewards
Producers
$1 or more per month 543 patrons
Thank you for your support! At this tier, you get access to all the patron-exclusive Point North content, including the weekly Book Club!
Includes Discord rewards
Senior Producers
$10 or more per month 72 patrons
Thank you! At this tier, you get access to all the Patreon-exclusive Point North content,  access to the Point North Discord channel, plus line-jumping privileges for the live weekly Q&A, and a monthly postcard with some custom Words Of Wisdom!
Includes Discord rewards
Executive Producers
$20 or more per month 14 patrons
Wow! At this tier, you get access to all the Patreon-exclusive Point North content,  access to the Point North Discord channel, line-jumping privileges, a monthly postcard, and you get to choose the topic for a special one-shot lecture!
Includes Discord rewards