Microsoft's 'Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn' gets Emmy nomination

As part of the promotional campaign behind Microsoft's 2012 Xbox 360 shooter Halo 4, the company funded development of a live-action web series called "Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn" that was first posted on YouTube via the Machinima channel in October. This week, Microsoft's efforts paid off in a rather unexpected way – a primetime Emmy Award nomination.

The web series, which was later released as a 90 minute DVD-Blu Ray movie, was one of six series that was nominated for Outstanding Main Title Design. You can see what the Emmy Awards nomination committee saw in the title design in the above video that shows the first part of the series.

While Microsoft never stated how much it spent to produce the web series, one report claimed that the company had a budget of between $5 million to $10 million for "Forward Unto Dawn." That's a decent budget for a TV movie (it certainly cost a lot more than "Sharknado"), but it's a lot less than a typical sci-fi Hollywood feature film costs.

Microsoft has already announced plans to produce "Halo: The Television Series", a live-action show that will be released for its Xbox One console. Other than the fact that Steven Spielberg will be one of its executive producers, Microsoft has not offered any more info on their plans for the series.

Source: Emmy Awards

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I gotta admit, when I first viewed the series I never noticed how outstanding the title design was. But now I see it. Outstanding!

Keep in mind that its just nominated for "Outstanding Main Title Design".

It has nothing to do with story, directing, acting, etc.

eddman said,
Keep in mind that its just nominated for "Outstanding Main Title Design".

It has nothing to do with story, directing, acting, etc.


The main part is what ties it to the game though, so still significant.

I'm glad Forward Unto Dawn was recognized in such an official manner. It really was well done.

The only thing that I didn't like about it was that it was so good, it makes me want a real Halo movie that much more.

spacer said,
I'm glad Forward Unto Dawn was recognized in such an official manner. It really was well done.

The only thing that I didn't like about it was that it was so good, it makes me want a real Halo movie that much more.

I don't see a movie in the works anytime soon, but they do have the TV series coming, and this way MS can make sure it goes the way they want and not how some Hollywood studio thinks it should go. You'd be shocked at some of the changes they come with when talking about making movie versions of books and so on.