'How It Should Have Ended' Spider-Man

Interview with Tina Alexander

Amazing Spider-Man - How It Should Have Ended
Amazing Spider-Man - How It Should Have Ended. HISHE

According to their website, How It Should Have Ended began in 2005 when Daniel Baxter and Tommy Watson were on their way home from the movies, discussing how the movie really should have ended. Daniel's friend Tina Alexander became a HISHE producer and the web series that parodies big movies was born. (Not a surprise that the first movie they "fixed" was .)

In September 2012, How It Should Have Ended hit over a million subscribers on YouTube, and plans to release a DVD compilation.

This is a perfect time to get some answers from producer Tina Alexander about this funny web series.

How did How It Should Have Ended come about?

"Truly just from a love of movies and discussing them. There were a couple of films that sparked conversation about 'movie logic' and it just took off from there."

How do you decide what movies to parody?

"That's definitely something that's morphed over time. When we first started we chose to parody films that we really loved but wanted to 're-write' in a way that would make people laugh. Now the popularity of a film definitely comes into play and we certainly pay attention to what our fans are requesting."

My favorite How It Should Have Ended is Lord of the Rings. It would have never occurred to me that the Eagles could have flown them in, etc. How do you pinpoint something in a movie to feature?

"We watch the movie a lot and create kind of a list of scenes that we could feature.

Sometimes it's something really logical, like with Lord of the Rings, but other times we choose to feature a scene because we know it will be the most memorable scene for the audience. It's a challenge sometimes to remember that we just watched the movie three times in a row, but we want to make people laugh that maybe haven't seen this film in five years."

How long is the process to produce a short, from brainstorming stage to final production? What are the steps the writers/animators take?

"If we're really focused, total production is about 3 weeks. (Sometimes brainstorming can stretch on forever though!) Traditionally we spend about one week brainstorming ideas and writing the script. During this first week, Daniel [Baxter] will also be working on character art for the main characters that we know we're going to use. Week two is spent devoted to art, both characters and backgrounds. We usually lay down an audio track (voices and sound effects) during this week as well. The final week is all the animation and final music score. And I can promise there are often writing tweaks all the way up to the end!"

Are projects divided between individual writers/animators, or is each one a collaboration?

"Each cartoon is a collaboration. Daniel and I work together to do the writing on everything except the HISHE: Video Games series (those are written by Machinima). We are very fortunate to have found [comic book artist/writer] Otis Frampton who works with Daniel on the art and [comic book artist/writer] Brian Andersen who has assisted on animation several times.

That said, a lot of the production is on Daniel's shoulders and he puts his heart and soul in everything we do."

Do you flip coins to see who provides the voices? Or do you cast actors?

"Sometimes the actors we cast are us, and Daniel has done a lot of voices over the years! We try to find people (in most cases amongst our friends) that sound something like the actor that's in the parody. We've been super blessed lately to have Brock Baker of the McGoiter channel do a lot of voices for us!"

How do you collect revenue from HISHE? Is it more of a passion project?

"For a really long time we didn't and it was definitely a passion project! Each episode requires a lot of work and time though, so it's nice to finally see some profits from ad revenue and be able to legitimately call this our job."

What are your future plans for HISHE?

"This is a really exciting time for us - reaching a million subscribers and having Stan Lee voice a cameo - that we're kind of just soaking it all in. It's gone so much further than we ever could have imagined and it's extremely fun to see the fans embrace what we're doing with such enthusiasm. I think this 'Fan Collaboration' on our Amazing Spider-Man HISHE has really made us want to work more with our fans and other writers. So as far as the future goes, there are still lots of films left to parody and we hope to bring more people on our team to tackle them!"