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5 Essential Tips From YouTube's Diy VFX Gurus

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Read More: Why You Might Feel Old At Vidcon (And That's A Good Thing) YouTubers Brandon Laatsch, Joe Penna, Zach King, Sam Gorski and Niko Pueringer shared important lessons with fans during a panel discussion on Diy special effects at this year's Vidcon. The hour-long conversation, which was moderated by Indiewire's TV Editor Liz Shannon Miller, provided a blend of practical and conceptual advice on best practices when it comes to experimenting with special effects. 1. Your first priority should always be story (not effects).As King put it, "effects complement the story." No matter how realistic they might appear, special effects carry little to no meaning without the existence of a narrative framework. The preoccupation with getting special effects to coincide with reality. "We're not trying to convince people that what is happening in these videos is real. It's more for the entertainment factor," said Gorski. "We're trying to communicate the idea of.
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[Updated] Brandon Laatsch Of Freddiew Seeks $600,000 For ‘Minecraft’ Fan Film

Freddie Wong's third Video Game High School crowdfunding campaign has received plenty of attention, but the other half of Rocket Jump has launched a massive Kickstarter project of his own. Brandon Laatsch is behind Birth Of Fan, a feature-length fan film adaptation of the hugely popular Minecraft video game. Laatsch introduced Birth of Man with a 90-second teaser on the Freddiew channel. It establishes the film as a classic 'hero's journey' coming-of-age story, but as with most Rocket Jump productions, the visual effects shine the brightest. Though Birth of Man will be live action, it is set within the blocky Minecraft world, and Laatsch has done a great job of translating the game's grid-based commands onto the screen. As Laatsch explains in his pitch video, he was inspired to create a feature film based off Minecraft after being disappointed by Hollywood video game adaptations. He notes that the world
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YouTube Stars Freddie Wong, Brandon Laatsch Partner With Taco Bell

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YouTube Stars Freddie Wong, Brandon Laatsch Partner With Taco Bell
Freddie Wong and Brandon Laatsch, a.k.a. "FreddieW" and "Brandon JLa" have added Taco Bell commercials to their growing oeuvre. The pair's new ad for Taco Bell's new Fiery Doritos Locos Taco debuted on their YouTube channel today for their over 6 million subscribers. You can see what the creators of "Video Game High School" came up on their YouTube channel now. Starting August 25, it'll be on all over the Internet, from Espn.com to Pandora. According to Wong and Laatsch, Taco Bell -- which is currently advertising on this season of "Video
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Freddiew 3D Prints Doritos Locos Tacos For Taco Bell Commercial

Harley Morenstein and Muscles Glasses of Epic Meal Time are no longer the only Collective Digital Studios partners to star in a fast food commercial. Freddie Wong and Brandon Laatsch, the special effects whiz kids behind the Freddiew channel, have created a 30 second spot for Taco Bell, in which they chow down on digital versions of the chain's addictively delicious Doritos Locos Tacos. The video features Wong and Laatsch as they use a 3D printer to create a digital version of the year-old menu item. I can think of more worthwhile uses of 3D printing, though I'm glad Wong and Laatsch aren't using their fictional device to open disseminate firearms. The spot will run on a number of national websites, including Espn.com, Pandora, Songza, CBS Sports, and MTV Properties. In short, it will be appear in all the places where people who enjoy 'Mexican fare wrapped in junk food'
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Freddiew Drops ‘Video Game High School’ Season 2 Trailer

Though it has yet to debut, the second season of Video Game High School has already made plenty of headlines. First, Freddie Wong and Brandon Laatsch secured a sponsorship deal with Dodge Dart, and they followed that up by securing more funds through a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign. Wong has also discussed his use of mixed frame rates and longer episodes, both of which will ensure a more TV-like feel for the popular web series. After all the hype, we now have a chance to see what the completed product will look like. Wong and Laatsch have posted the season two trailer for Video Game High School on the Freddiew channel, complete with a churning Edm soundtrack. The most striking feature of the trailer is the number of visible game modes. We see Brian D, Jenny Matrix, and the rest of the Vghs crew partake in the Fps game from season
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10,000 People Expected In Anaheim For Fourth Annual Vidcon

Dozens of YouTube stars will make their way to the Anaheim Convention Center between August 1-3 for the fourth annual rendition of Vidcon, the largest convention dedicated to online video. Alongside those YouTubers will be thousands of their fans; for the first time, Vidcon's attendance is expected to exceed 10,000 people. Vidcon's attendees will include both industry professionals and fans. August 1st will belong to the former group, while the latter one will descend upon Anaheim the next day for a series of performances, meet-and-greets, panels, and parties. "Even when VidCon was just 1,000 people in a hotel, it was our goal for the conference to reflect the growth and culture of the online video industry," said Hank Green, creator and cofounder of VidCon, "VidCon's exponential growth over the last four years is indicative of online video's impact on the entertainment industry and on our everyday lives." Many YouTubers have already confirmed
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Wong Fu Productions’ Isa TV Brings Japanese Style Game Show To YouTube

Several of YouTube's most prominent Asian-American stars are getting their game on. ISAtv, a channel owned by Wong Fu Productions and Far East Movement (of 'Like a G6' fame) has launched a variety program titled Isa! that emulates crazy Japanese game shows. The show features an impressive roster of talent. Wong Fu's Philip Wang, The Guild's Amy Okuda, and KevJumba host, while contestants include David Choi, Freddie Wong, and Brandon Laatsch, who identifies himself as the show's "only Caucasian contestant." In the first quarter of Isa!, each contestant reveals two truths and one lie about himself or herself, with plenty of colorful graphics and funny graphics keeping up the Japanese feel. The second quarter features a game of "Pass It On", where the contestants must act out a given phrase charades-style. Suffice to say, it does not go so well. Parts three and four will be released shortly.
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Smosh, Corridor Digital, FreddieW To Battle In ‘Video Game Olympics’

A handful of YouTube's most popular nerds are coming together for a rumble...in the living room. Smosh Games and Node Studios have joined forces for Video Game Olympics, a multi-game gauntlet filled with camaraderie, competition, and, most assuredly, a big time viewcount. Video Game Olympics will be split into two parts. Featured gamers will include the team from Smosh Games, including Ian Hecox, Anthony Padilla, and the ClevverGames crew, as well as some of the contributors to Node Games, such as Freddie Wong and Brandon Laatsch of Freddiew and Sam Gorski and Niko Pueringer of Corridor Digital. The recently released trailer hints some of the games that will be included, such as Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Halo 3, and Mario Kart. The full event will roll out in two parts, with the first one debuting on May 10. This mainly seems like an excuse for a bunch of gamers to get
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Freddiew Gets Diced Up In ‘Metal Gear Rising’/'American Psycho’ Mashup

What do you get when you combine a polarizing video game character with a hyperviolent film based off a classic work of postmodernism? The answer to that headache of a question is Metal Gear Sunrise, the newest freddiew video, where channel co-creator Brandon Laatsch has mashed up the upcoming Metal Gear Rising video game with American Psycho. The feature mocks the morning routine scene from the 2000 Christian Bale, which was already a mockery in itself. Even if you're not into meta-commentary, you can still enjoy freddiew's entry into the 'use special effects to make Fruit Ninja real' subgenre. For those of you who are not fans of Freddie Wong you can revel in the part of this video where he gets diced into a million fine pieces. The video is supported by Konami, making it yet another companion piece to an upcoming video game, the 453,967th such entry we've seen
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FreddieW's 'Metal Gear Sunrising' Shows Raiden's Routine

Start your day off with a ninja merc starting his day. This "American Psycho" riff imagines the morning regimen for "Metal Gear Rising Revengeance" cyborg ninja Raiden.

Borrowing lines liberally from Brett Easton Ellison's novel of 80's yuppie narcissism run amok, the slickly-produced (and very funny) video shows how (among other things) Raiden keeps his metal exterior so shiny.

The video was published via the FreddieW Youtube channel and created by Brandon Laatsch (director of the web series "Video Game High School"). Actor Eric Linden plays Raiden, and maybe the funniest detail in the whole thing is that they had to find a t-shirt and slacks to fit over Raiden's chassis.

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Brandon Laatsch's 'First Person Mario: Endgame' Is Your Vertigo Source For Today

YouTube filmmaker Brandon Laatsch follows up his "First Person Mario" short with this CG-rendered sequel with plenty of cannonball jumping.

Please do not watch while driving, carrying infants or being a doctor.

Laatcsch, posting via the FreddieW YouTube channel, says in the video's description that "Endgame" took him 50 days to complete.

Set in World 8 of "Super Mario Bros. 3," "Endgame" let's you see just what that final encounter with Bowser is like before (spoilers) Mario rescues the Princess.

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'Video Game High School' Breaks Kickstarter Film Fundraising Records

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'Video Game High School' Breaks Kickstarter Film Fundraising Records
Web series "Video Game High School" is raising the bar on the crowd-sourcing platform Kickstarter, having beat out previous film fundraising records by almost double. "Video Game High School" has raised $808,341 from more than 10,000 backers. The money will be used to fund the second season of the show, which began production last week. The campaign now ranks above those for Blur Studio's comic book film "The Goon" (which raised $441,900) and Charlie Kaufman's animated film "Anomalisa" ($406,237), as the most successful Kickstarter campaign for a video or film project (go here for the full chart). To put this into perspective, the Kickstarter website states that just 420 projects in total have raised in between $100k to $999,999.    "Video Game High School" was created by Freddie Wong, Brandon Laatsch and Matt Arnold. Described as a "series about best friends, first loves, and landing that perfect...
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Freddie Wong Shatters Kickstarter Film Record, Plans to Make 'Harry Potter' of Web Video

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Freddie Wong Shatters Kickstarter Film Record, Plans to Make 'Harry Potter' of Web Video
Freddie Wong and the team behind the blockbuster web series "Video Game High School" have shattered the record for a film campaign on Kickstarter, the crowdfunding site that has helped a number of aspiring and established filmmakers secure financing for their projects. Wong, Brandon Laatsch and Matt Arnold, who created "Video Game High School," raised $808,341 from more than 10,000 backers as of Monday night, when the campaign ended. The money will be used for the second season of the show, which began production last week. Certain projects on Kickstarter have raised
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What Freddie Wong Was Like Before The VFX Got Special

Special effects wiz Freddie Wong and amateur pyrotechnician Brandon Laatsch (a.k.a. the YouTube channel known as Freddiew) have the kind of day jobs most geeks would slice off a digit for: they get to regularly do things like work with mondo-Hollywood director Jon Favreau, appear on Jimmy Kimmel, and shoot with stunt – wait for it – cats! Not too shabby for a couple of guys who didn’t come from Spielberg stock. But the collaborators were not always the picture of Internet stardom: So, what can we learn from this geek-tastic clip (aside from, “Don’t bring handguns to guys poker night”)? Shoot with multiple cameras. Unless you’re making a webcam video blog, try to get your hands on two cameras to capture the action from different angles. Multiple perspectives makes it interesting and gives your editor more to work with (this will help keep the editor from
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FreddieW To Drive Dodge Dart Into ‘Video Game High School’

Freddie Wong and Brandon Laatsch, the brains behind the FreddieW channel and its Video Game High School web series, recently released a detailed infographic detailing the myriad costs of a large scale video project. A new agreement, however, will help FreddieW more easily clear these financial hurdles. The second season of Vghs will be a branded effort by Dodge, and the automotive company's Dodge Dart car will play a big on-screen role. Wong is not the first YouTube star to sign on with a corporate sponsor. Most notably, Epic Meal Time has partnered with several companies in the past; its netflix.com/bacon promotion always reminded me how much I enjoy both movies and cured pork belly. Emt's 3.1 million subscribers were a clear incentive for Netflix, but Dodge is playing to an even bigger audience. The FreddieW channel is the sixth most-subscribed on all of YouTube with more than 4.1 million fans.
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FreddieW, Syndicate Join Cast As Fine Bros ‘YouTubers React’ Gets Meta

The Fine Bros' MyMusic show is wrapping up its first season this weekend (more on that in a couple days), but meanwhile, another one of Benny and Rafi's shows is just heating up. The popular duo has released a second episode of YouTubers React, and in addition to returning all of the YouTube stars who appeared in the first installment, the brothers have added gamer Syndicate and visual effects gurus Freddie Wong and Brandon Laatsch of the FreddieW channel. In the episode itself, one of the three featured videos is Tay Zonday's 'Chocolate Rain', which seems like an ordinary choice aside from the fact that Tay himself is one of the featured YouTubers. I'm not sure how he'll feel about the way several of his fellow YouTubers mocked his insistence on moving away from the microphone to breathe in. I'm sure he's heard it all before. I'd like to
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Review: Video Game High School

Video Game High School

Stars: Josh Blaylock, Jimmy Wong, Johanna Braddy, Ellary Porterfield, Zachary Levi, Brian Firenzi, Harley Morenstein, Justine Ezarik, Freddie Wong | Written by Matthew Arnold, Will Campos, Brian Firenzi | Directed by Matthew Arnold, Brandon Laatsch, Freddie Wong

Another successfully funded Kickstarter project, this time from YouTube “star” Freddie Wong who co-created, co-wrote and stars – which was originally conceived as a web series, Video Game High School comes to iTunes and Netflix as a feature-length film set in the near future where video gaming is the world’s most popular competitive sport and players command as much respect, popularity and fame as sports and movie stars do today. A near future where traditional news programming is interrupted by frag alerts and gamerscore updates and where tandem hover-bikes and floating footballs are the norm. The film tells the story of BrianD (Blaylock), a high school student who, on live television,
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'Old School vs. New School' Sees Current And Classic Game Characters Battle It Out

Have you ever wondered what would happen if our world was caught in the middle of war between characters from classic video games and the stars of Aaa titles like Assassin's Creed and Halo? Me either, but this video from Freddie Wong and Brandon Laatsch of Rocket Jump sets the record straight, once and for all.

The effects-laden short film Old School vs. New School throws live-action characters like Lara Croft and Master Chief into a battle with animated characters from the arcade games of our past. Rocket Jump worked with cosplayers from all of walks of life and apparently had some help from Internet Explorer to make it all happen. In our opinion the end result turned out great and we think you'll enjoy the video as much as we did. Check it out below to see who wins the battle!

I never realized how much Altair was into parkour,
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YouTube Star Freddie Wong Launches a Summer Blockbuster -- Without a Film Studio

YouTube Star Freddie Wong Launches a Summer Blockbuster -- Without a Film Studio
YouTube sensation Freddie Wong is out to prove you can release a summer blockbuster without a major studio. His new feature-length film, "Video Game High School," has been watched more than 40 million times since its release in May. But Wong didn't debut "Vghs" in a movie theater, nor on YouTube, where he and partner Brandon Laatsch (pictured below) operate a channel, Freddiew, that has more than 3.2 million subscribers. The film -- chopped up into nine 10- to 20-minute pieces -- premiered on RocketJump, an ad-supported site that he and Laastch launched with "Vghs" showrunner
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YouTube Stars Freddie Wong, Toby Turner Launch 'Node Studios' Channel

Collective Digital Studio, the online content arm of management company The Collective, has partnered with YouTube dynamos Freddie Wong and Brandon Laatsch on the launch of a new video game-focused YouTube channel, Node Studios. The channel will offer gaming-themed original series from the likes of Wong and Laatsch, who operate the hugely popular FreddieW channel, as well as Toby Turner and Ethan Newberry. Turner draws more than three million subscribers across his YouTube channels and also stars in Cartoon Network's "The Annoying Orange" TV series, based on the hit YouTube character. The
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