Warning: This is an Internet-released film and as such does not have a “rating.” As Miguel Guhlin points out in his comment, the sexual reference for “the hammer” is both surprising and out-of-place to an extent– It certainly earns this film a “not appropriate for young kids” rating, I think. Full disclosure: I had watched just Act I before posting this to my blog. Mistake. Should have watched the entire thing first. Live and learn… I’m still learning. So, be warned… This is NOT appropriate for a student audience. This is the NPR article/episode Doug Johnson referenced in his comment. I came VERY close to deleting this entry, but… probably better to leave it and offer this as a learning moment for everyone, myself included. This IS IPTV. No Motion Picture rating system. While one aspect of this is positive and empowering, another is anarchic and rather dark. Now, on to my original post…..
Amazing creative work is one result among many of the recent Hollywood writer’s strike. Case in point: Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Think “corny but very witty musical distributed FREE via the web.” Featuring a love triangle including Dr. Horrible, Captain Hammer, and the cute girl from the laundromat, this is an epic short-film you won’t want to miss.
According to the master plan:
Once upon a time, all the writers in the forest got very mad with the Forest Kings and declared a work-stoppage. The forest creatures were all sad; the mushrooms did not dance, the elderberries gave no juice for the festival wines, and the Teamsters were kinda pissed. (They were very polite about it, though.) During this work-stoppage, many writers tried to form partnerships for outside funding to create new work that circumvented the Forest King system.Frustrated with the lack of movement on that front, I finally decided to do something very ambitious, very exciting, very mid-life-crisisy. Aided only by everyone I had worked with, was related to or had ever met, I single-handedly created this unique little epic. A supervillain musical, of which, as we all know, there are far too few.The idea was to make it on the fly, on the cheap – but to make it. To turn out a really thrilling, professionalish piece of entertainment specifically for the internet. To show how much could be done with very little. To show the world there is another way. To give the public (and in particular you guys) something for all your support and patience. And to make a lot of silly jokes. Actually, that sentence probably should have come first.
Act 1 was released Tuesday, July 15th. Act 2 was released yesterday, Thursday, July 17th. Act 3 will be published Saturday, July 19th. All three acts will remain online until midnight Sunday, July 20th. Then? It will still be available for sale on iTunes ($1.99 per episode) and in DVD format with extended features.The publish-at-will era is here, even for (and perhaps especially for) creative writers and actors who may be (at least for a time) out of work. Entroute to the 2007 EduComm conference I heard from someone with EventDV Magazine that we’re just five to ten years away from most teenagers watching more basement or garage-created IPTV shows than primetime television shows. As telecommunications media convergence continues, the opportunities for creative individuals like the writers, actors and producers of “Dr. Horrible” to publish inexpensively for a global audience will continue to multiply. This online musical is a case in point.It’s amazing what can be created when innovative folks get together and have some time on their hands. Check out the musical! Run time for Act 1 is 13 min, 48 sec. Act 2 is 13 min, 7 sec. It’s free through July 20th! Thanks to Josh for the heads up on this! (I’d link to Josh’s blog or other website, but amazingly he doesn’t have one yet! Time to start managing your online identity, Josh…..)
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On this day..
- A Video Lecture You Won't Soon Forget: Video Games and Storytelling - 2012
- Webcasting with Ustream, an iPad, a Tripod & an XLR Boundary Microphone - 2012
- It's not a real spider, it's just a smartphone - 2011
- Alan November's website was hacked - 2010
- River Rafting in Colorado with Buffalo Joe's on the Arkansas River - 2010
- Know any fantastic Drupal developers? - 2008
- 50 iPhone emails today - 2007
- Tell a story with 5 photos for educators - 2007
- Seeing is Believing - 2006
- Major website and blog updates underway - 2005