Be Good Not Bad by Brian Warren

24 July 2008

Joss Whedon’s Dr. Horrible


I had no idea what I was in for when Anna sent me a link to the site for Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. The name alone is fantastic, and then I’m greeted by a glorious graphic of Neil Patrick Harris donned in evil villain garb. Who could resist digging further?

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog is the creation of Joss Whedon. It’s a 45-minute film he co-wrote and directed starring Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion and Felicia Day. Whedon basically got a bunch of his friends to pitch in, and, without the aid of studios or major (even minor) funding, made a movie and put it up on the internet. It was free for about five days, and now it’s available on iTunes for a mere $3.99.

It’s a fantastic, funny story, and also happens to be a musical (I kid you not). You can tell it’s not heavily-funded, but honestly, more money would have just added a bit of polish. The brilliance, talent and entertainment is all there. It’s a great example of how much can be done with very little.

I have no doubt they’ll make their money back and, given how little time they spent on it, I imagine they’ll see some good return on it.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that professional writers and studios are worthless. But rather, this movie proves the notion that to be a success you don’t necessarily need to market to the masses. In fact, there is a lot of success to be had in the niche where you can be more original, more interesting, and get a more devoted set of fans than if you’re just making the next episode of a rapidly-forgotten reality television show.

Lastly, if you think that applies only to movies and television… well, then, think again.

Check out Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. There you can find a link to buy it on the iTunes Music store. You’ll be glad you did.