"Worst Webseries Worth Watching"
|This hasn't happened before,|
It won't happen again,
(we're not so sure
it's happening now)
And we definitely don't have a plan.
The Masked Roger is a one-person non-commercial fan-made underground not-for-general-consumption webseries by Alan Douglas, documenting the amazing adventures of the evil supervillain not known as "Roger". The series is shot on location in beautiful Vancouver, Canada. It is made entirely for shits and giggles.
The series first took life on October 11, 2008 as one of over 600 video applications to the Evil League of Evil. This was a fan video contest to promote Joss Whedon's Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, however the Masked Roger believed it to be real, and hired Alan Douglas to produce his application, thinking he would be a shoe-in. He didn't get in. He later discovered that Alan the idiot videographer had absolutely no prior experience with filmmaking, video editing, or even photography, and had in fact only purchased his very first camera a week before the submission deadline. This somewhat rough-around-the-edges video was later rebranded Episode #1.
The story might have ended there, however Alan's friends at the BC Browncoats encouraged him to make more videos. He also drew inspiration from the award-winning webseries The Guild and its creator Felicia Day who frequently encourages others to make their own web video. When The Guild put out a call for fan videos for possible inclusion on their Season Two DVD, Alan convinced the Masked Roger to let him try again. The result was Guild'd describing how the Masked Roger drew inspiration from The Guild to create his own sinister gang, the Nasty Union of Nastiness. This later became Episode #2. It did not make it onto The Guild Season Two DVD
With continued support and encouragement from the BC Browncoats, a third major installment of the Masked Roger was produced, Time Travel. Though originally conceived as another standalone, it soon became apparent that the Masked Roger's life was becoming interesting enough to warrant an ongoing series. The rest, as they say, is history. Except for things that haven't happened yet.
Season One of the Masked Roger will span 12 episodes, released as time permits. Plans for a second season are well underway.
It should be noted that the series is produced for information purposes only for the Masked Roger's small cult of followers. We are not interested in bringing it to a larger audience. The Masked Roger wishes to maintain a low profile to aid in his evil-doing, while Alan is happily and gainfully over-employed as-is, and has no desire to break into the entertainment industry, or deal with the demands of a large fanbase and general YouTube idiots. The Masked Roger is a fun hobby, end of story.
The show is typically filmed with no crew and a cast of one. Some voicework has been contributed by Val, Darren, and Rick, then added in post. On two occasions a helper has been used on set: a passing stranger was kind enough to throw the beachball at the start of Episode #1, and minion Rick helped deploy the net in Episode #5. Otherwise, it is a solo project. (For the curious, the whip pan in Episode #4 and the curtain reveal in #6 were both done using fishing line).
The Masked Roger is produced with a complete lack of anything resembling professional equipment or software. It is filmed using a small Samsung L210 pocket digicam, usually mounted on a 35-year-old telescope tripod. Audio is recorded on a Sony ICD-UX70 pocket voice recorder. In early episodes you can see the top of the voice recorder sticking out of the Masked Roger's breast pocket, and in the first episode it was briefly mounted on the side of his hat! We now use a small Sony lav microphone under the hat's brim, while all other audio is recorded using a high-fidelity Giant Squid lav microphone.
The episodes are edited using entirely open source software running on Ubuntu Linux. Video editing is done with Kino, with some work also done in the Gimp and with ImageMagick. Alan sometimes writes custom software in Python to assist with the trickier special effects. Audio is edited in Rezound. The title sequence was made with POVray, and is Alan's first (and only) video animation.
The music is also "open source", coming from the underground tracking scene of amateur computer-generated mods, found at The Mod Archive. Some tracks are remixed using Soundtracker.