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Freddie Wong: From Guitar Hero Pro to YouTuber

Aw, it’s the last day of YouTuber Week. LAME. But hopefully you guys had as much fun as I had!

So, YouTuber Freddie Wong is a rock star. At least, that’s how he first got popular on YouTube. (s GOOG) For, while many have done the impossible Guitar Hero song played on expert video, Wong’s October 2006 take involves a videographer, roadies, Adobe After Effects, and, of course, a prop motorcycle.

Currently at 7.1 million views, Wong’s interpretation of Rush’s YYZ launched him as a bit of a video game celebrity, cemented after he won first place in the Guitar Hero 2 competition at the July 2007 World Series of Video Games (according to Wikipedia) and performed at YouTube Live.

However, Wong is anything but one note, and the 24-year-old’s over-the-top personality translates nicely into the YouTube format, aided by his strong technical skills (he’s a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts). Also, there’s a sense that no matter what Wong is uploading to his YouTube channel, it’s going to be funny and a bit nerdy. Like, say, his most recent video, which reveals how racist his roommate’s cat is.

Wong’s applications of his film knowledge range from him debunking the belief that OK Go’s This Too Shall Pass video was shot in one take…

And demonstrating (sort of) how to create 720p-formatted videos

To actually making movies, such as the low-budget fan film Modern Warfare: Frozen Crossing.

According to Wong’s official site (which includes an in-depth blog on production, focusing on the online video world), he works doing “everything from freelance VFX/Sound to feature film production.” And while he recently produced the independent horror feature Bear, his focus is on YouTube.

While Wong isn’t as huge into the interactivity as, say, Mystery Guitar Man, the joy he brings to goofing around with cameras and special effects and his friends is contagious. It’s the kind of gonzo filmmaking spirit that you read about Spielberg and Lucas having when they, too, spent their twenties running around Los Angeles with cameras. Except thanks to YouTube, we get to see it in action.

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