At the time, I thought nothing of it because all my heroes and other animators had like 500,000 subscribers and I felt like 100 was nothing compared to them. But then, the following day at school, we were having a class assembly, and there’s like 60 kids in total in my year, and I’m just looking around and I realize “Wow, 60 people is alot of people. I don’t know what the heck I’m whining about.”
PleaseDiePie has been your most viewed video and it got a negative reaction from some. Was there a serious point/message to the video?
There is a true point behind that video, but I think poor writing on my part (as well as basing the design of the character on PewDiePie, and having the title of the video be a play on his name) didn’t make it as clear.
The true targets of the video wasn’t exclusively PewDiePie, but rather people like Tobuscus, Smosh, iJustine, WhatTheBuck, etc, who started these pointless gaming channels to cash in on PewDiePie’s success because playing scary games and screaming was the cool new thing on YouTube.
Every single one of these gaming videos by all of these people is the same vapid and repetitive slew of over-acting and screaming. I felt the need to make PewDiePie the main target because he was the one that started all this – the Amnesia playthroughs, the Happy Wheels playthroughs, the facecam, the screaming, the over-acting, etc.
Have you got any advice for other YouTube animators?
Definately start out with Newgrounds.com. I don’t personally use it that much anymore, but I know if I didn’t make an account there, I wouldn’t know like any of the people I talk to today.
It’s a great place to build an audience and form a connection with a network of other talented animators, voice actors, musicians, artists, programmers, whatever. Trying to build an audience as an animator on YouTube alone is far from easy, but on Newgrounds, animation is pretty much all people want there.
Any projects lined up that you can tell us about?
I am currently working on a 5 episode mini-series for Machinima‘s HappyHour channel, likely to begin airing early next year.
That’s the top priority right now, and the focus has been so heavy on it that I haven’t had time to make a new video for my own channel, but I’m also writing a couple of skits for my channel at the moment too, so it’s all good.
Sub – TheSw1tcher. Probably an odd choice since its a gameplay channel but I just love their sense of humor and energy. It’s never not entertaining to listen to while animating or just watching for fun.
Watch – “Animated Memes Episode 1 Trolls Day Out” by EmroxTV. Glorious satire.
Block – SpeedoSausage.