About Us

Created by Kyle M. Bondo, featuring the vocal talents of Timothy Kimo Brien, Julie Bondo, Stephan L. Cole, Emmett Bondo, Zach Bondo, and Kyle M. Bondo. Meet our cast and crew below, or start listening now.

PAUSE at a glance

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Gunnery Sergeant Douglas Dire taking in an Iraqi sunrise.
Season One
PAUSE – False Awakenings

Pause for Dramatic Effect is a narrative audio drama about modern-day man’s challenge to survive dark forces and ancient magic. Follow the adventures of Douglas Dire, a US Marine Corps veteran who is still trying to come back from his combat tour in Iraq, as he finds a ring that forces him to confront his own battle with reality.

The Cast of PAUSE

Douglas Dire | ZababaKyle M. Bondo
Kyle M. Bondo
Director, Writer, Voice Actor
Agent Holly DayJulie Bondo
Julie Bondo
Voice Actor
Stephanie Y. Cole
Voice Actor
Amira NazalEmmett Bondo
Emmett Bondo
Voice Actor
Agent Justin TimeTimothy Kimo Brien
Timothy Kimo Brien
Voice Actor
Captain Savage
Zach Bondo
Voice Actor
Creating an Audio Drama in just 30 days…

So there we were… taking part in the National Podcast Post Month (NaPodPoMo) by doing something crazy: Agreeing to produce a daily, on-the-fly audio drama podcast experiment!

This was the environment PAUSE for Dramatic Effect was created in. Creating an entire Season in just 30 days!


Created and Directed by Kyle M. Bondo, PAUSE features the vocal talents of Timothy Kimo Brien, Julie Bondo, Stephan L. Cole, Emmett Bondo, Zach Bondo, and Kyle M. Bondo. Meet our cast and crew below, or start listening now!

Season One Production History

  1. October 1st, 2019
    Began creating Season One of PAUSE by writing one paragraph of the story each day for 30 days
  2. October 31st, 2019
    Completed the rough outline of PAUSE and started writing scripts for the first three chapters
  3. November 1st, 2019
    NaPodPoMo starts with the release of Chapter 1 - Ring
  4. November 3rd, 2019
    It takes almost two days of writing, recording, and editing to release Chapter 2 - Mindless
  5. November 18th, 2019
    Reach the halfway point of NaPodPoMo with the release of Chapter 9 - Swing
  6. November 28th, 2019
    NaPodPoMo Challenge was almost over with the release of Chapter 12 - Strongroom (Minisode) on Thanksgiving Day
  7. December 10th, 2019
    Finished NaPodPoMo seven episodes short of the 30 episodes goal
  8. December 10th, 2019
    Although we missed the NaPodPoMo deadline, we still managed to release all of Season One -- 18 Chapters in all
  9. December 31st, 2019
    During NaPodPoMo we also released 12 Bonus Behind the Pauses episodes detailing our experience, 2 Trailers, and an extensive article about our experience
  10. January 1st, 2020
    PAUSE for Dramatic Effect reaches 800+ listens

Bonus Content

Between the PAUSES

Between the PAUSES – The Making of PAUSE for Dramatic Effect is a behind the scenes account of how we produced a daily audio drama in just one month. Find out what we did right, what we struggled with, and how we dug deep into our creative well to produce an original story with only an outline and a deadline.

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