Mata­mata sto­ries for web

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - STAFF RE­PORTERS

The hunt is on YouTube stars.

As­pir­ing sto­ry­tellers from Mata­mata can ap­ply for a share of a new joint $300,000 Skip Ahead fund to help de­velop and launch orig­i­nal web se­ries.

Google and NZ On Air have teamed up to pro­vide $150,000 each to create the fund, with ap­pli­ca­tions open­ing this week.

In ad­di­tion to re­ceiv­ing fund­ing, the suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants will at­tend skills de­vel­op­ment work­shops to help them create high qual­ity, nar­ra­tive driven web se­ries.

Rob­bie Ni­col, cre­ator of the pop­u­lar White Man Be­hind Desk videos was among suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants from the first round of fund­ing last year. for New Zealand’s next big

‘‘We couldn't be more thrilled to have been given this op­por­tu­nity.’’

Ni­col says the fund­ing al­lowed him and his team The Can­dle Wasters to take on chal­lenges they would never have con­sid­ered.

‘‘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.

‘‘We couldn’t be more thrilled to have been given this op­por­tu­nity,’’ Ni­col says.

A grow­ing num­ber of Ki­wis are build­ing suc­cess­ful ca­reers through their YouTube chan­nels and gain­ing loyal au­di­ences around the globe.

These in­clude Jor­dan Wat­son, whose How to Dad chan­nel has al­most 150,000 sub­scribers.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the fund­ing, visit the NZ On Air web­site. Ap­pli­ca­tions are open un­til Au­gust 30.

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