Monthly Inspiration: Freddie Wong

With the passing of NAB I took time to devote myself to being all about the gear. Now I’m back with a new Monthly Inspiration, and this month’s comes from an unexpected source. Freddie Wong has made huge waves on Youtube with his short videos and amazing special effects, the channel (now called Rocket Jump (youtube.com)) has nearly 7,000,000 subscribers.

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The reason I call Freddie an unexpected inspiration is because he comes from the relatively new realm of internet stardom. But that doesn’t make his work any less impactful. In fact, his rise on youtube and model of growth is one that every up-and-coming filmmaker should pay attention to; and it’s one that I admire.

As his videos gained popularity on youtube, and as youtube expanded, he became one of the first channels to be paid by the site to produce content. This allowed him to increase his production values and create fantastic work. And most of his videos come with an accompanying behind the scenes video that I’ve learned a lot from.

One of the first videos I saw (and the one that hooked me) was his cross over with Epic Meal Time (youtube.com) called Epic VFX Time. Watch the video below, but the jist is this: awesome VFX done on an absurdly massive scale. After I saw this I jumped into watching all of his videos back-to-back and became a subscriber.

His use of both physical stunts and visual effects makes for really entertaining content that rivals most high budget films. He’s grown from himself and a few buddies to having an actual studio producing content on multiple channels and platforms that has recently reached 2billion views.

But with Freddie’s videos it’s about more than just flash and guns. The stories he (and his writers) come up with are quirky, funny, and compelling. Which I think is a reason why he’s become so popular. He’s found a market and a niche that allow him to create great content.

More recently Rocket Jump has been producing a web series called Video Game High School. Now in post of it’s third and (regrettably) last season, VGHS was funded via Kickstarter in one of the biggest campaigns at the time. Since it began I’ve gotten REALLY into VGHS and have rewatched the first two seasons repeatedly.

The reason why Freddie’s an inspiring model is because of how he’s progressed. Rocket Jump will soon be opening a filmmaking school that I’m really intrigued by; and I’ll definitely be following as they get closer. They’ve also recently penned a deal with Lionsgate (lionsgate.com) which means they can produce even higher quality content.

A massive audience, huge moves within the industry, innovation in camera and VFX techniques, and emotional, compelling content… Freddie (and the Rocket Jump crew) are the most contemporary model for newbs to pay attention to. You’ll learn, you’ll laugh, and I personally would love the opportunity to work for/with Freddie.

I could go on for days about my favorite videos (some of which I’ve posted), but you’re better off just going to you tube and checking them out for yourselves. You can also find a ton of stuff over at rocketjump.com. I’ll let Freddie’s (and Brandon’s, and Dez’s, and Matt’s, and Ben’s, and Benji’s, and everyone over at Rocket Jump’s) work stand for itself.

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Monthly Inspiration: Freddie Wong

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