Joss Whedon Co-Wrote a Folk Song While Shooting ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

By August 11, 2014
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While directing one of the biggest films out there, Avengers: Age of Ultron, geek god Joss Whedon had a little side project going. Along with his creative partner, singer-songwriter Shawnee Kilgore, Whedon has co-written a folk song. It’s part of a six song EP that will be released later this year.

“It’s been a little bit magical,” the “Firefly” creator told BuzzFeed. “It is nice to have the balance between something that is genuinely enormous and something that is crystalline and tiny.”

Shawnee Kilgore

The song, called “Big Giant Me” is available on iTunes. Weirdly enough, this all came about through Kickstarter. Yes, you read that correctly.“I had a Kickstarter phase — I don’t want to say addiction, but there was a period when it was my only friend,” Whedon said. He found Kilgore, an Austin-based musician, on the crowd-funding site. Kilgore’s Kickstarter campaign for her fourth studio album and second full-length album used large cue cards the way Bob Dylan did in his video for “Subterranean Homesick Blues.”

“One of the cards just said ‘I am learning how…’ and then she flipped it: ‘…to ask for help,’” said Whedon. “And I was like, ‘OK!’ That struck such a chord with me, personally. … I really loved the music and the sound of her voice.”

Whedon donated an undisclosed amount, which got the attention of Kilgore’s boyfriend, who is a huge Whedon fan. They said they weren’t even 100% sure it was really Whedon for weeks. “It seemed totally crazy if it was, but it seemed even crazier if it wasn’t,” Kilgore said. “We looked up Kickstarter scams and everything and none of the possible realities made much sense. No choice but to wait!”
 
When the project was funded, Kilgore emailed Whedon and found that it was really him. As an even bigger surprise, Whedon told her that he’d written lyrics to a song and wanted to send them to her. “He didn’t want to step on my toes,” said Kilgore. “He didn’t want to assume that this is something I would have time for, or even that it wasn’t weird. It was really, really sweet. It just killed me. So I said, ‘Yes, please! Please, send me lyrics!’”

“I’d gotten her music stuck in my head,” said Whedon. “And when I sent it to her, like, the next day I woke up to a demo pretty much. It was so clear that we were speaking the same language.”

Anyone want to complain about how Kickstarter doesn’t work now?

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Jenna Busch
Jenna Busch is the co-host of 'Cocktails With Stan' with the legendary Stan Lee. She's a host and writer who's passionate about Star Wars, fantasy and geek culture. Jenna is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and a board member of the Broadcast Television Critics Association (BTJA). She has appeared on G4's "Attack of the Show," and "Fresh Ink," as well as appearing with Wil Wheaton on the premiere episode of "Tabletop." She's got two stories published in the comic anthology "Womanthology" and has done a series of terrifyingly perky voice overs. She also owns far too many swords and lightsabers.
  • Weird! This must be this year’s equivalent to his “Much Ado About Nothing” – a small scale project that gave him a reprieve from the massive blockbuster he’s working on.