Josh Whedon, writer of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, directs this videoblog/show starring Neil Patrick Harris. Be a little patient because it picks up from its slow start wonderfully. A clever tale with ample amounts of wit.
This is an incredibly successful internet phenomenon (making it to the Time’s Best Inventions of 2008!!). A couple of thoughts:
- Length. People keep saying the shorter is better online. This has been true but the internet is evolving and with it the perception that the internet is some sort of distraction from other forms of media will change. I can’t wait, very promising for storytellers.
- Whedon said it was a small budget with the budget in the low six figure amount. Yes, I am with you when you say “that is a small budget”. But this is clearly an investment. This video series will be a full fledged something. This is just the beginning.
- I hadn’t heard about it till the Time’s article. But Googling the show, there isn’t a doubt in my mind that this is megahit. Whedon is quoted as saying as getting a thousand hits in a second in this USA Today article. What is amazing to me is that I hadn’t seen it earlier. I maintain this blog about online video, I spend (too much) time looking for online video content and yet this thing lives successfully outside of my world, my blogs, the places I visit for almost 5 months. Incredible. Shows you the size of the internet and how small you really are.
- Musicals do great online. I was talking to Rhett & Link about their incredible videoblog (more about them later) and they were saying their most popular videos end up being their music videos.