dr horrible's sing-along blog

Headlines for April 15th through April 21st

Hugo Nominations: The Picks Are Difficult

Get your copy of Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog here and help support the project The Hugo Awards nominations are out!  I was so thrilled when I saw that Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog was nominated for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form.  This is great because they are recognizing web series along with television series. Now comes the hard part… picking only one winner.  Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog and two other top picks from the category is “Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead” (Doctor Who) and “Turn Left” (Doctor Who).  This is a very hard pick because I really want Doctor Horrible to win as recognition and validation of web series yet “Turn Left” deserves to win since it is the best dramatic presentation out of the three.

Some other categories with difficult picks.

Which one will you vote for?

See the full list of nominations here.

Joss Whedon Interview on Writing

Joss Whedon answers questions from fans about his sources of inspiration and writing.

Out of film, television, and internet, which media do you find is most enjoyable to work on, most stressful, most rewarding, and why? — Chloe Honey, it's all stress. I'm defined by stress. I'm on the ten best stressed list. The rewards are different -- movies are big and intense, TV is long and deep, internet is tiny and personal and mine all mine -- but all worth pursuing. I'm a media agnostic. If it's stories, I'll brave the stress.

I love how Joss focuses on the story.  It’s what really sets his work apart and why if he is working on a project I count that as a huge plus on whether the project will be good or not.

How do you develop a character? Do you have a specific archetype, trope, or "slot" to fill in your shows that you fit a character to, or do you create their personalities separate from their purpose? — Anne Purpose informs personality. It's not like I say "I need a wacky sidekick" — although I did when I was working on Disney musicals, but that was the form. I tend to focus on one character (perhaps a young woman of unnatural abilities, to pull an example randomly out of nowhere) and then the other characters are built from the needs of that character's journey.

I wonder if he follows Joseph Campbell’s philosophy and / or what other models he uses to determine what other characters they need.

You get a lot of critical and fan acclaim for being an excellent 3rd generation writer but I really enjoy your directing style. Who are your influences in that regard and what kind of background training did you receive before you got behind the camera? — buffywrestling I had no production experience outside of my backyard, but I had the best professors in the world. I'm influenced by everything I've seen and I studied most of the great American directors at Wesleyan (hint: watch EVERYTHING.) If I'm gonna pick directors, I'd say Borzage, Minnelli, Hitchcock, Carpenter. Today. But for some reason, Soderbergh's The Limey had the most immediate and visceral effect on my sense of style. It's so casually daring. Also, comic books really help dynamic framing and narrative coherence.

that’s awesome that he mentions using comic books as a means for dynamic framing.  It’s the same conclusion I came to.

I recently read an interview with you in Mother Jones magazine. "Geek God" I think was the term they used for you. How do you feel about your success? What advice do you like to give other "geeks" with good ideas? — Jennifer Russell If you have a good idea, get it out there. For every idea I've realized, I have ten I sat on for a decade till someone else did it first. Write it. Shoot it. Publish it. Crochet it, sauté it, whatever. MAKE.

I love how he is not necessarily style restrictive even in this case he is all for just producing it.

Joss Whedon at the premiere of Serenity (film)
Image via Wikipedia

Bonus Goodies

We all know that Dr. Horrible was a result of, and a metaphor for, the writer's strike. He even says, at one point, that he wants to "put the power in different hands." But things didn't turn out so well for Billy in the end. How did the tragic ending relate to the writers-strike metaphor, or did the metaphor not extend that far? — Jonathan We didn't write it as a metaphor — we just wanted Penny to have an agenda besides being torn between two men, and Billy's perspective is the classic cry of the noble villain. But this is a story that's been relevant for a long while — like, since there's been power. And people hoarding/abusing it. Wonder Woman brought up similar issues, which may be part of why it wasn't made.

Do you watch the movies/television shows the cast members from Buffy, Angel, or Firefly star in? Any favorite works of the cast members in particular? — Daniel Dude, Summer Glau is a Terminator. Summer Glau is a Terminator! My work on Earth is done.

And Castle [the new show starring Nathan Fillion] looks fun.

this is a hilarious answer, I had the same thought about Summer Glau… She Rocks!!! if only the show was any good.

Reblog this post [with Zemanta]

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog Fan Works Awards

Doctor Horrible Banner
Image via Wikipedia

Vote for your favorite fan work based on Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.

They have already collected nominees from across the web of Videos, songs, written fics and many, many costumes based on Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.

Now we need to vote for the winners of each category!

The list of nominees are here.  I’m very curious to see who wins The Cheesy on the Outside Award and The Death Whinny Award.  There are many great categories with lots of fan works listed.

For more information and to vote check out The Horrible Awards here.

Get your copy of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog here!

Reblog this post [with Zemanta]

Email your questions for Joss Whedon

Joss Whedon at the premiere of Serenity (film)
Image via Wikipedia

Even though I am miffed with Hulu over their choice to remove themselves from Boxee, this is a rare chance for fans to ask Joss questions.

Have a burning question for the brains behind Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Dr. Horrible and Dollhouse? Now's your chance to ask Joss Whedon for answers. See if you can get him to spill the beans about his latest heroine, Echo, and whether we'll ever see Dr. Horrible on Broadway. Send your questions to askjoss@hulu.com by 9 a.m. PST on Wednesday, February 25 (Hulu).

Good luck getting your question to him.  I know I am going to come up with some goodies to ask the master of dark fiction.

Reblog this post [with Zemanta]

Dr. Horrible's 2, So Captain Hammer Says

Doctor Horrible Banner Image via Wikipedia

Nathan Fillion joins Joss Whedon in the desire to make another Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog.  This is music to my ears but don’t get too excited yet.  It appears the only thing keeping us from the next one is their busy schedule.

"He's busy with Dollhouse right now, and I'm a little bit busy with Castle right now, so not in the near future, no," Fillion said.

Get your copy of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog here

(via Sci-Fi-Wire)

Reblog this post [with Zemanta]

How to get a Dr. Horrible 2?

Doctor Horrible Banner
Image via Wikipedia

They have the way.  Dr. Horrible was a smashing success financially thanks to fan support showing that the “master plan” works.

They have the desire to do another show.  Neil Patrick Harris in a recent interview shared his views on doing another show.

"Oh, God, I wish I could say there was going to be a Dr. Horrible sequel, but I know there's so many people involved in the creation of it that have a lot of other stuff going on right now…  …Mainly, Joss [is doing] Dollhouse, and he has another movie, Cabin in the Woods, that he's doing at the same time. So I don't know that anything would happen soon. But everyone has been super-enthusiastic about it, and I think that means that hopefully something will come."

“I was vague on the how… you have shown me the light.”  Now we need to give them the will to do another Dr. Horrible Sing Along Blog.

What we need to do!

Here is the new “Master Plan”:  we the fans need to continue to express our love of Dr. Horrible:

  • Support the Moist Comic
  • Get the DVD
  • Most importantly cry out to Joss Whedon for more.  At every opportunity, every conversation, and every signing let him know we want more and maybe, just maybe, we could get “…a brand new day”.
Reblog this post [with Zemanta]

Dr Horrible's Sing-Along Blog DVD Extras

More news about the Dr Horrible DVD special features:

  • Commentary! The Musical
  • Commentary by the cast and crew
  • Evil League of Evil application videos
  • Making-of featurettes
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Japanese

Sounds good to me.  I cannot wait to get mine.

(via Dr Horrible's Sing-Along Blog Official Fan Site)

Dr Horrible's Sing-Along Blog DVD Preorders

"Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog" will be released on Dec 19th!! It is available for Pre-order now. I might have to buy the DVD even though I bought it through iTunes just to get the special features. The run time for the DVD is listed at 100 minutes, and since the actual show is only around 45 minutes, then that would leave room for about 55 minutes of special features. I know they are going to put in fan submitted applications for the Evil League of Evil, and they recorded a commentary track, but that leaves room for a behind the scenes or something like it.

My main curiosity whether they drop any hints for a Dr Horrible 2. Rumors have been circulating for a while, but there are no real details about it. this would be the perfect place to secret them away.

One Divine Hammer

captain-hammer I was playing around on the new MTV Music Video site when I stumbled across one of my favorite songs from High School, and for some reason it reminded me of Nathan Fillion. I am curious if I am the only one.  Maybe it is because it makes me think about how a “man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do,” or maybe it is because “everyone’s a hero in their own way.”

Granted, more likely then not, it is because we all know what the hammer is.  I can see Captain Hammer standing there with his hair gently wafting in the breeze as this song plays.

Dr. Horrible Soundtrack and Webcomic

First up, the soundtrack for the web-series will be downloadble on iTunes beginning September 2, 2008. And the second web-comic is already being written by Zack Whedon. "The soundtrack is rapidly approaching," Whedon said.

The Soundtrack to Dr Horrible's Sing-along Blog is now available on Instrumental - Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)!  It took long enough, byut at last we can have the PHD in Horribleness on our iPods.

And before I rush off to buy it and sing my black heart out, Zack Whedon is working on a webcomic about Moist, the evil Doctor's friend.  I cannot wait to read it.

(via SuperheroFlix)

Dr Horrible’s Master Plan

I love Neil Patrick Harris!  It is bordering on an addiction, but is a happy euphoric sort of way that I cannot get enough of his work of Joss Whedon's.  The two of them together is almost enough to make my head pop.  If you haven't seen it yet is will be up up on Dr Horrible.com until July 20th at midnight. The best part of it all is Joss' Master Plan.  The miniseries will be up on Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog - Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, Acts 1, 2 & 3 for $3.99, and later on DVD.  Joss hopes that the series will make enough to pay for itself and more.  It is a risk, but one that needed to be made.

I can only hope that there are enough people out there who are willing to support a quality show rather than pirate copies.  While there will always be a certain number of people who will take the content and not support its creation.  Then there are the others that have been trained by the industry to steal because the content was not available through other means.  Those that remain are the few that are willing to support the things they love.

If you want to see more of this kind of content and see what other things Joss can do without the studio limiting him, then show your love.