Sorry to break it to you, home-bound nerds, but there’s no official live stream for events at the San Diego Comic-Con. However, there are no shortage of intrepid websites that will be pushing out video after video from the convention this weekend.
At the San Diego Comic-Con, smaller projects have a hard time getting included in the conference programming. Thus a Celebrate the Web event, featuring over a dozen current and upcoming web series, is being planned for Saturday, July 24.
Our intrepid geeks Chris and Liz are down at Comic-Con in San Diego for the weekend, where the buzz seems to be all fresh New Moon clips and Avatar 3D glasses messing with their normal four-eye rigs.
First up, James Cameron calls his audience to arms in advance of a 25-minute preview of his long-awaited return to big-budget filmmaking. Warning: this fan-cam is so close to the stage (after undoubted hours of waiting to see Cameron in the flesh), it reverts to a distorted big screen grab. It has just 621 views on YouTube so far, but you get the idea.
And next — given that Twilight seems to be eating up the world right now, it’s no surprise the vampire series is dominating the yearly outpouring of sci-fi lovers. Here’s the grainy squealy New Moonfootage from a member of the audience that’s rising up video charts right now. The YouTube clip from yesterday has more than 83,000 views already. MTV, meanwhile, is pumping its authorized clips from a New Moon panel, which are of a much better quality. The clip below has about 60,000 views.
From Comic-Con, Barely Political covers an issue I’m sure we all occasionally wonder: who’s Batman (and other costumed folks) voting for in November?
And Jill Weinberger provides a closer look at Stephen King’s N, the previously covered horror master’s foray into online video. Does the moving graphic novel format make the story creepier? Find out at NewTeeVee Station.
Joss Whedon’s Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog goes live today (go here to buy it on iTunes) with the first of three all-singing, some-dancing installments, the way it was meant to be seen: on your computer monitors. But how was it on the big screen? I had a chance to see it (and review it) at last Thursday’s cast-and-crew screening, where it played beautifully — Nathan Fillion’s manly attributes and big musical numbers getting almost equal amounts of applause.
From left, writer Maurissa Tancharoen, Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Felicia Day and Nathan Fillion; and Neil Patrick Harris, back, in a hat. Photo by David Sarno, used with permission.
And afterwards, Whedon, stars Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion and Felicia Day, and co-writers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen hung around to answer a few questions, mostly revolving around the difficulties of production when not working with a studio. With an estimated budget in the low six figures that came directly out of Whedon’s pocket (“I sold a lot of Girl Scout cookies,” said the man with two different TV series in syndication), the project’s pedigree makes claims to guerrilla filmmaking a bit hard to swallow. But everyone involved clearly relished the chance to participate in a project made under conditions Whedon defined as “street legal” — even if, in Whedon’s words, the hectic seven days of shooting “broke a few people.” Read More about Dr. Horrible Goes Live, and More on Joss Whedon’s Evil Plans