It’s not every day you wake up and learn that the crazy video game-loving YouTube-broadcasting company you write for has somehow earned an Emmy nomination—but that’s what’s happened to me and everyone else who works for Machinima today. It turns out that Machinima’s Halo: Forward Unto Dawn, which debuted on Machinima Prime last year before being repackaged in DVDs and streaming on-demand services like Netflix, has been nominated for Outstanding Main Title Design at this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards.
The nomination is specifically for Heiko Schneck, the CG lead, Fabian Poss, the producer/animator, Csaba Letay, the compositor, and Jan Bitzer, CG lead/editor. But I’m sure if it wins (when it wins, really) I’ll just bum rush the stage and start yelling “Bababooey.” Any reasonable person would.
Forward Unto Dawn has some pretty solid company for the nomination, too. It’s up against American Horror Story: Asylum, Da Vinci’s Demons, Elementary, The Newsroom, and Vikings. If nothing else, this nomination proves the legitimacy of what happens online, and that sometimes the programming you find on places like Machinima Prime or other YouTube-exclusive channels is just as worth of praise as anything you find on “real” TV.
This is as much your nomination as it is anyone who actually worked on the show (okay, maybe not AS MUCH, but you know what I mean). It’s something of a referendum that shows how important what we do on the Internet has become. The only reason that Forward Unto Dawn could exist is because we know we’ve got such a strong and passionate audience out there, and so you all should get excited that this little YouTube show is up there with the big boys on Emmy night.
Congratulations to Schneck, Poss, Letay, and Bitzer for their nomination, and congratulations to all of us for the future of online content.