I have to start this out by saying that I am a huge Joss Whedon (Firefly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, etc.) fan. Who knows how much attention I would have paid otherwise, but there are some really key issues at play here.
Anyway, back to Joss. He put together a Web Video play during the writer’s strike. Here’s the preview:
As Tim Street pointed out, this could be the start of something big here. Read his piece. Tim’s a smart guy.
Some real fascinating elements here that some people might miss:
- This content is currently free at www.drhorrible.com. Yes, I just bought what I could have streamed for free. Tim Street just bought what he could have streamed for free. People buy what they can stream for free – it’s part of the bigger picture here – one that content producers should never forget.
- Not only are there iTunes sales going on today, but a DVD will be coming out later. Some people will buy the content twice. Yes, some people will pay multiple times for content they can get for free. Heck, I predict here musical tracks on iTunes audio before the end of the month.
- Despite sales and views (the streaming server has been down for most of the morning), this short-form piece is missing the boat on construction for this medium. Read Tim Street’s 2nd piece and realize that he is right. You don’t have to be perfect in the space to see some results.
- Talent is still talent. Neil Patrick Harris, Felicia Day and Nathan Fillion do what they do well (in Act 1 at least) – and that is as important as Whedon’s writing. Sometimes, you need to spend money on the talent. Ever wondered why Revision3 is doing so well?
We’ll see what happens with the Dr. Horrible story (and back story), and I sure hope Joss and the gang make a ton of cash on this Internet Musical.
And I hope we all learn a few things along the way ourselves.
Cause a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do … (watch Act 1).