New Form Digital Releases 14 Short Films Made by Top YouTubers
Earlier this summer, New Form Digital, the digital studio launched as a joint venture between Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, and Discovery Communications, announced plans to produce 14 short films created by some of the top stars on YouTube. Calling the program the “New Form Digital Incubator,” the studio had agreements in place with creators ranging from Joey Graceffa to 5-Second Films.
These short films are going live today, all available on NewFormDigital.com.
While all of shorts are based on the theme of curiosity, each piece of work varies in length and genre, said New Form. Each film also features a special appearance by YouTube vlog-star Mitchell Davis.
A full list and description of each short films — from the likes of Graceffa, Anna Akana, 5-Second Films, and Tony E. Valenzuela — are included below.
Currently, the plan is to distribute the shorts on New Form’s website, as well as the channels of each individual YouTube creator participating in the program. (A complete playlist of all the shorts can be found on Davis’ YouTube channel.) There’s also the potential for the shorts to reach a wider audience via distribution deals with other platforms, according to New Form.
Here are descriptions and links to each of the short films, via New Form:
“The Front Page,” a comedy by 5-Second Films: Delve into the world of the bizarre and highly dedicated employees of The Weekly Gazette, a newspaper-turned-blog that specializes in stories of the paranormal, supernatural, and just plain weird.
“Miss Earth,” by Anna Akana: Set one thousand years in the future, “Miss Earth” chronicles beauty queen Victoria Young as she competes for the fate of our planet in Galactic’s depopulation pageant. Starring and produced by Anna Akana.
“Killed the Cat,” by Bertie Gilbert, is a surreal, indie coming of age film about three escapee teenage mental patients out in the wild and trying to cope with life outside the walls of the hospital.
“The Rose Window,” by The Brothers Riedell, follows a young couple who decide to try out a controversial technology that allows them to see into their future, what they see will change their relationship forever.
“Fine Tuned,” by Craig Benzine (WheezyWaiter), is a coming of age comedy that follows, Linus, a computer programmer and Reid, the emo rocker next door, as they team up to create a hit love song and put technology and old fashioned song writing to the test while trying to win the love of the girl.
“Instant Getaway,” by Joe Penna (MysteryGuitarMan), is a story about a man running away from a Mexican cartel, who uses a new teleportation device to get into the United States, only to get accused of a murder he didn’t commit.
“Ethereal,” by Joey Graceffa, is a sci-fi coming of age series set in a futuristic world where virtual reality immersion has been outlawed and banned, but best friends Zane and Asher find a way in. Starring and produced by Joey Graceffa.
“The Grey Road,” by Meghan Camarena, is set in a post-apocalyptic world, where zombies have ruled the night for well over a decade and where people’s souls are believed to have fallen into “the void.” Best friends Chance and Dallas are on a journey to find a way into “the void” to save the lives of the ones they love. Starring and produced by Meghan Camarena.
“Oscar’s Hotel,” by PJ Liguori (KickthePJ): Oliver has been made the new proprietor of Oscar’s Hotel for mythical creatures and must ban together with the finest guests in the hotel to evict a troublesome beast.
“Mr. Student Body President, by Poykpac: When the new principal threatens to dissolve the student government, Tyler, the seemingly upstanding student body president begins to release his true colors and his willingness to stop at nothing to maintain power.
“Parallax,” from Sawyer Hartman: One morning a meteor strikes the Earth and leaves the world ablaze. Seventeen years later, Jonathan has devoted his life to predicting when the next wave of meteorites will hit the earth except nobody believes him until it’s too late. Produced by Sawyer Hartman.
“Bad Burglars,” by Tim Hautekiet, is a comedy that follows a trio of lovable yet dysfunctional burglars that are ridiculed by the media and not taken seriously by their peers, as they attempt to build a name for themselves through various failed robbery attempts.
“The Fourth Door,” by Tony E. Valenzuela and BlackboxTV, is an interactive cinematic exploration of death and the events that haunt our lives.
“I Ship It,” from Yulin Kuang, is a coming of age romantic comedy about Zoe and Charlie, wizard rock fans and musicians, whose friendship turns into something much more when they are both dumped by their long time partners. Produced by Yulin Kuang.Tags: 5-Second Films, Anna Akana, Bertie Gilbert, BlackBoxTV, Brian Grazer, Craig Benzine, Discovery Communications, Joey Graceffa, KickthePJ, Meghan Camarena, New Form, New Form Digital, PJ Liguori, Poykpac, Ron Howard, Sawyer Kartman, The Brothers Riedell, Tony E. Valenzuela, wheezywaiter, YouTube Creators, Yulin Kuang