Hunt on for Feilding star
The hunt for the next big YouTube star from Feilding is on.
Aspiring storytellers in the Manawatu town can apply for a share of a new $300,000 Skip Ahead fund to help develop and launch an original web series.
Google and NZ On Air have teamed up to provide $300,000, with applications opening this week.
In addition to receiving a share of the funding, successful applicants would attend workshops to help them create a narrative driven web series.
Robbie Nicol, the creator of the popular segment ‘White Man Behind Desk’ was among the successful applicants last year. The initiative allowed him and his team, The Candle Wasters, to take on challenges they never considered, he said.
‘‘We brought in local musicians, created an album as well as a web series and developed a project, which is totally unique a musical set in a children’s indoor playground.’’
Also on the list of last year’s winners was How to Dad’s Jordan Watson.
Watson was in the region only a few months ago when he visited Taihape’s Gumboot Day to film a short series for his 150,000 YouTube followers.
The Skip Ahead care package helped him along, having previously been restricted to recording videos on his phone.
‘‘You make do with what you have, you get friends to help out, family and see what you can slap together,’’ he said.
‘‘Being able to have a full crew film your random ideas is just a dream.
‘‘We had funding to be able to work on our biggest idea ever, bring in proper crew, cameraman, editors, colour graders. [Skip Ahead] brought a whole new audience to our channel and let our viewers see a new side of what we can produce.’’
Jordan Watson in Te Kauwhata for a video.