8 Award Nominations

The Streamy Award Official Nominations,  “honoring the best in web television from 2008”, were announced on 14th March and Dr Horrible did extremely well with nominations in 8 categories:streamy_award_logo

  • Best Comedy Web Series
  • Best Directing for a Comedy Web Series: Joss Whedon
  • Best Writing for a Comedy Web Series: Maurissa Tancharoen, Jed Whedon, Joss Whedon, Zack Whedon
  • Best Male Actor in a Comedy Web Series (separate nominations):
    • Nathan Fillion
    • Neil Patrick Harris
  • Best Editing in a Web Series: Lisa Lassek
  • Best Cinematography in a Web Series: Ryan Green
  • Best Art Direction in a Web Series: Nicholas Onstad, Jesse Siglow
  • Best Original Music in a Web Series: Jed Whedon

Felicia Day’s “The Guild” has also been nominated for various awards.

The winners in these categories will be chosen by the newly-formed International Academy of  Web Television IAWTV.

But tomorrow, March 16th, voting will begin for the “Audience Choice” Award, so make sure you use your vote for your favourite webseries!

Click Here to Vote

Exclusive Interview: Ninja Ropes

Photos @ Whedonopolis used with permission

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Nathan Fillion’s interest in the iPhone game Ninja Ropes was first revealed to the public at the Dr. Horrible screening in Los Angeles at Halloween when he showed up in an impressive Ninja Ropes costume.

When the Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog DVD was released fans were able to hear Nathan singing about the game in the song “Better than Neil” (“Who’s got the high score on Ninja Ropes?”) .

The DVD’s “Commentary! The Musical” also features an entire song dedicated to the game.

We spoke to the Ninja Ropes creator “Sarkscape Games” about the game.

How long have you been creating games?

Sarkscape Games: About a year, since I opened sarkscape.com website. I’m not a professional game developer, it is just my sparetime hobby. When iPhones entered the market I decided it is worth to try to make something interesting for them.

For those that aren’t familiar with the game, can you give us a bit of a description of Ninja Ropes?

SG: This is basically a game of attention and reaction. By controlling two springy ropes you should lead a ninja through outer space.

When did you first hear about Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog?

SG: In the middle of December 2008, when a first preliminary review of the DVD came out and I found a mention of the Ninja Ropes song in it through Google.

Before the commentary came out, did you have any idea that the team enjoyed your game so much?

SG: Absolutely no.

What was your reaction when you discovered there was a song written about your game that was included in Commentary! The Musical?

SG: I was completely stunned. This was the last thing I could expect. Even now somewhere deep in my mind I have doubts this all really happened.

Have you had any contact with the Dr. Horrible team?

SG: No, but I wish to have 🙂

Have there been an increase in traffic to your site since the Dr. Horrible DVD was released?

SG: Yes, but not very much.

Are there any hints you can give to beginners of the game?

SG: The game is simple when you know it’s mechanics. The more speed of your falling, the more speed you will have after shrinking of the rope. Use both ropes and remember locations of the gravity vortexes.

Do you have any other games people might be interested in?

SG: You can see all of my games on sarkscape.com. There are a logical puzzle Block2Lock (which I personally use as a time killer) and an action game Mass Defense (which strangely makes me very nervous when I’m playing it).

Currently I’m planning a native game for iPhone and possible for the other touch-screen devices too. Hope you don’t miss it when it will be released.

Do you have anything else you’d like to add?

SG: Well, I would like to thank Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Nathan Fillion, Neil Patrick Harris and all cast and crew for the superb musical, hilarious commentary and the great song about my game.

And, of course, thanks to all people who play my games. I’m happy that you like them.

Play Ninja Ropes Extreme right here!
(Doesn’t work in Internet Explorer)
Click Play to begin and don’t forget to leave us a comment on your high score

[Hint: Don’t forget to check the Top 15 high scores!]

IGN Dr. Horrible DVD Review

Check the link below for the full review!

If there was one good thing to come out of the WGA strike, it was the realization on the part of artists and creators that there are ways to distribute content other than through studios and other AMPAA-affiliated entities. While walking in circles on the sidewalks outside studio lots, writers strategized with each other about alternative distribution methods and the power of the Internet to deliver their work directly to an audience without a corporate middleman. It was during those dark but heady days that Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog was conceived. Written and produced by Joss Whedon, along with several of his relatives and friends, this was an experiment in production and distribution, a new business model, and a successful one at that.

Dr. Horrible was originally released in the summer of 2008 as a series of three acts on its own Web site, www.drhorrible.com, as well as iTunes and the advertising-supported media site Hulu. The segments were available for free for a limited time, and then available as a 42-minute whole for just $7.99. A better deal for your entertainment dollar, you will not find. But wait, there’s more. Whedon and Co. have recently made Dr. Horrible available on DVD as an Amazon.com exclusive, for just $9.99. And this isn’t just any bare-bones affair. We’ll get into that more in the section on the extras, but for now, heed these three words: Commentary the Musical. ‘Nuff said.

But all of this would be moot if the project (it’s hard to know what to call it — short film? Web movie?) wasn’t also very entertaining. Whedon’s best work since the heyday of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dr. Horrible stars Neil Patrick Harris as the title character, an aspiring hardened criminal with a soft, mushy core. Actually, he’s more layered than that. Seemingly sweet in his secret identity as Billy, he struggles to express his feelings of love for the pure-hearted Penny (Felicia Day), a fellow regular at the local laundromat. Beneath that exterior, he’s a villain desperately trying to get noticed by the leader of the Evil League of Evil, Bad Horse (The Thoroughbred of Sin). And beneath that, there’s another layer of sweetness. “Like pie,” he tells Penny (though he’s not necessarily talking about himself there, he may as well be)…

…Dr. Horrible works because it’s a good story, well told, with hummable music, clever dialogue, interesting characters and fantastic performances by all involved. This was a passion project, so it’s not a big-budget affair; the effects aren’t spectacular and the production values are modest at best. But that hardly matters when the things that don’t cost money — like talent, wit and charm — are abundant in supply…

…For such a low-budget production, the video quality of Dr. Horrible is up to the standards of any other professionally produced DVD. Like the story, the image is bright and cheery, but there are dark moments as well. Some of the daytime shots are a bit blown out, but most are right on target. The color is ever-so-slightly red-shifted as well, but not distractingly so. Overall, this looks pretty much exactly as it did on the Web, which wasn’t too bad to begin with…

…The DVD comes with 5.1 surround sound, and the mix is well balanced between the dialogue, music and sound effects. There’s nothing that’s going to blow the listener away here, but it’s smooth and free from distortion or hiss. The dynamic range is wide enough to deliver every note, from low to high. You won’t hear any rumbling bass, but you will hear the dialogue clearly, even some of the funny little mumbling ad-libs you might have missed the first time…