Freddie Wong (born September 13, 1985) is an American filmmaker, musician, VFX artist, podcaster, and competitive gamer. Wong participates in at least three YouTube channels; with RocketJump, his production company's main channel, supporting over 9 million subscribers; BrandonJLa, a secondary channel with behind the scenes videos and other content, which holds over 1.2 million subscribers; and Node, a gaming channel with over 2.4 million subscribers. He is also known for creating the web series Video Game High School.
Wong in 2012
|Born||September 13, 1985|
|Alma mater||University of Southern California|
|Known for||Video Game High School|
|"RocketJump: The Show"|
|Hanyu Pinyin||Huáng Gǔzi|
Wong attended Lakeside School in Seattle, Washington. He then attended and graduated from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. Wong owns and manages Overcrank Media, a Los Angeles-based media production company specializing in feature film and online video content, having produced an independent film titled Bear. Wong met his future collaborator Brandon Laatsch in college.
2006–2010: Competitive gaming, YouTube breakthrough
Wong launched a YouTube channel in 2006, initially uploading gameplay footage to wide success, and competed in the World Series of Video Games in Dallas in July 2007. He won first prize in the Guitar Hero 2 competition, playing the song "Less Talk More Rokk" by Freezepop. It was around this time that he began uploading videos to YouTube and finding popularity with his comedic or video game-related content.
During MTV's "Gamer's Week" celebration in November 2007, Freddie appeared as a guest on Total Request Live. Participating in the program with his newly formed band Hellanor Brozevelt, Wong was part of a country-wide search to find the best Rock Band ensemble. After receiving tutelage from well-known rockers Good Charlotte, Brozevelt performed at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York against Chicago-based Carrie Me Home.
Wong's videos would sometimes feature celebrity cameos, with Jimmy Kimmel in a bathroom tie battle, Andy Whitfield appearing in a Time Crisis tribute video, Kevin Pollak appearing in a Hypnotism stunt, Shenae Grimes in a romantic gun action scene, Ray William Johnson in a troll infestation video, Eliza Dushku appearing in an action scene, Jon Favreau featuring in his video based on Cowboys & Aliens, the glam metal band Steel Panther appearing in his video based on the Crossfire board game, and Smosh appearing in his video "Huge Guns (with Smosh)".
In 2010, Wong helped Joe Penna, known as MysteryGuitarMan on YouTube, shoot a commercial for McDonald's, and assisted Wong Fu Productions in actions scenes of Agents of Secret Stuff. In 2011 Wong produced, co-directed, and acted in a TV commercial for Battlefield 3 at the request of Electronic Arts.
2011–17: RocketJump shorts and Video Game High School
In 2011, along with his partners Matt Arnold and Desmond "Dez" Dolly, Wong formed the production company RocketJump. They began work on the web series Video Game High School, which began releasing episodes on May 11, 2012 achieved over 100 million views across various online platforms. The series was based on a concept by Will Campos and Chris Pappavaselio. The team was able to raise funding for the series through Kickstarter, where they set a funding goal for $75,000 to be raised in a 30-day period. That amount was quickly pledged in less than 24 hours and continued to climb from there. On October 22, 2011, pledging came to a close, with $273,725 raised for the project from 5,661 backers. The series ran for three seasons, with the final season having a crowd funded budget of over $2.4 million. The final episode of the series was released November 17, 2014, on the RocketJump website and YouTube.
In late 2013, Wong's channel, freddiew was renamed to "Rocketjump", and freddiew2 was renamed to "BrandonJLa". Brandon Laatsch also announced that he and Wong would no longer work together on projects, and any short videos or "shorts" would be posted on either NODE (a gaming channel run by Laatsch and Corridor Digital's Niko Pueringer, and Sam Gorski) or BrandonJLa. This was done because they wanted to work on separate projects, as Wong was busy with Video Game High School, and Brandon started working on a VR engine and game Boneworks.
In 2017, Wong announced that RocketJump would be pivoting away from regular shorts, in favour of other projects. RocketJump stopped uploading videos altogether in 2018, after the second season of Anime Crimes Division.
2017- present: podcasting
Since April 2017, Wong has co-hosted the podcast Story Break on the Maximum Fun network. As described on the RocketJump website, the show features "[co-hosts] Will Campos, Matt Arnold, and Freddie Wong sit[ting] down in the RocketJump writer's room and attempt[ing] to 'break' a story for a ridiculous concept, property, or idea that [they] in NO way have any rights to."
As of 2019 Wong is collaborating on a Dungeons and Dragons Live Play Podcast, called Dungeons and Daddies along with Will Campos, Anthony Burch, Matt Arnold, and Beth May. The podcast is about four dads from Earth that are transported to The Forgotten Realms (one of the official settings for Dungeons and Dragons Fifth Edition) and go on a quest to search for their lost sons. Wong plays the character Glenn Close, with May playing Ron Stampler, Campos playing Henry Oak, Arnold playing Darryl Wilson, and Burch as the Dungeon Master.
Wong is the older brother of actor and YouTuber Jimmy Wong, who co-starred in Video Game High School. His father is Chinese, from Canton, and his mother is of Chinese and Mongol ancestry. His uncle is Corey Yuen, a film director and stunt choreographer.
|2011||Chuck||Freddie||TV Series; guest appearance in "Chuck Versus the Hack Off"|
|2012–14||Video Game High School||Himself||Web series; also co-creator, co-director, story writer, executive producer|
|2013||MyMusic||DJ Elephant||TV Series; episode: "Ghosts!!!"|
|2013||Key & Peele||Ping||TV Series; guest appearance in episode 3.07|
|2013||The Gauntlet||Himself||Web series; season 2 regular|
|2014||Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory||Himself||TV Series; episode: "Fully Uploaded"|
|2015||The Strongest Man||Jimmy Yoon||Film|
|2015||RocketJump: The Show||Himself||Also co-creator, co-director, writer, executive producer, editor|
|2016||Red vs. Blue||Guest writer and director of "The #1 Movie in the Galaxy: 3" episode|
|2017||Dimension 404||Director ("Impulse") and executive producer|
|2017–18||Anime Crimes Division||Director and co-creator|
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- ^ Wong, Freddie (September 13, 2012). "Hitting 27 today – thanks everyone!" . Twitter. Retrieved September 13, 2012.
- ^ Statistics retrieved on March 18, 2016, at RocketJump's channel on YouTube.
- ^ Statistics retrieved on March 18, 2016, at BrandonJLa's channel on YouTube.
- ^ Statistics retrieved on October 16, 2016, at Node's channel on YouTube.
- ^ "Here's How Freddie Wong Used $2,435,434 To Make 'VGHS' Season Three" . Tubefilter. May 12, 2015. Retrieved January 16, 2017.
- ^ Orzeck, Kurt (December 21, 2011). "YouTube Sensation Freddie Wong: 'Hollywood Is Out of Date' (Exclusive)" . Reuters. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
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- ^ Freddie Wong 10 on STYLE -Less Talk More Rokk on YouTube video of the second half of Freddie's winning performance
- ^ World Series of Video Games Archived July 11, 2011, at the Wayback Machine- Freddiew's blog post dated July 16, 2007.
- ^ "Archived copy" . Archived from the original on July 11, 2011. Retrieved October 10, 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- ^ "'Rock Band' Rock Off" . MTV. Retrieved July 21, 2014.
- ^ FreddieW (January 13, 2011). "Huge Guns (with Smosh!)" . YouTube. Retrieved August 6, 2012.
- ^ Freddie Wong Twitter Update – Twitter, 2011.
- ^ Nigahiga (November 24, 2010). "Agents of Secret Stuff" . YouTube. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
- ^ Battlefield 3 – FreddieW TV Commercial on YouTube, 2011
- ^ 10 Days to Air – -BF3 TV commercial Behind the Scenes on YouTube, 2011.
- ^ "Video Game High School Archives" .
- ^ "Video Game High School" . Kickstarter. October 21, 2011. Retrieved May 13, 2012.
- ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diVBqGBKtBs
- ^ https://www.rocketjump.com/blog/channel-still-exists-script
- ^ https://www.youtube.com/c/rocketjump/videos
- ^ "Story Break" . Retrieved July 19, 2018.
- ^ "Story Break" . November 14, 2017. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
- ^ Roderick, Kevin (March 24, 2011). "Jimmy Wong as Internet savior" . LA Observed. Retrieved May 9, 2012.
- ^ "Never stop working. If you're doing something you love, then it shouldn't be a problem" . The Other Asians. July 7, 2011. Archived from the original on April 12, 2013. Retrieved May 9, 2012.
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