Film and Animation Found on YouTube

By Rob Ciampa, Theresa Moore, John Carucci, Stan Muller, Adam Wescott

YouTube has liberated the stage or, more appropriately, the screen for filmmakers of all levels by allowing them to reach a global audience. Not that long ago, you would make a short film and then physically show it to your friends and colleagues in a dank screening room, a classroom, or (more than likely) your own basement.

On a good day, the screening may have seen scores of people. That would mean you would need dozens of showings, if not hundreds, to duplicate the reach of your YouTube channel moments after you upload a movie. Besides exposure to a large audience, you can also enter your film in various online film competitions.

Here are a few types of movies you can find on YouTube:

  • Film shorts: One traditional gateway to directing a feature film comes from making a film short. But how a person actually ended up seeing one of these films remained one of the great mysteries in filmmaking. We all hear whenever they’re nominated for an Oscar, but never knew where you could see one. Nowadays you can view short films of all genres on YouTube, and maybe even see a future Oscar nominee.

  • Web series: These (mostly) scripted series are the YouTube version of a television show. And just like their broadcast cousins, they cover a wide range of topics, situations, and subject matter. Instead of the standard 30‐ or 60‐minute episode blocks, however, the web series is broken down into installments that range from five to ten minutes each. Popular web series include Between Two Ferns with Zack Galifianakis, the hipster comedy adventure, High Maintenance, and the award‐winning series The Guild.

  • Animated movies: If you’re a fan of animé or you want a place to show it off, YouTube can help you reach your audience. Whether you’re going old school with cell animation, doing stop‐motion with objects, or venturing into computer-generated imagery, YouTube provides a great place to share your work with the world. You can even create an animated web series.