Sat. Sep 24th, 2022

Produced by Vara Reese. Edited by Matt Colby.

This is no illusion – you know Zach King, even if you think you don’t know Zach King. The film-making savant has spent the past decade perfecting his signature “digital dexterity,” which is essentially magic tricks in video form. King made it to Vine in under six seconds, on YouTube and Instagram, or these days on TikTok (where he’s become one of the platform’s most popular followers). And his work was so compelling that he was called upon to do it for some of the biggest names in entertainment, from ESPN to Selena Gomez.

King has been at this for a while, starting a website called FinalCutKing to showcase editing tips in 2008 and premiering his breakthrough hit (Jedi Kittens) in 2011. So he’s practically amassed a lifetime of commentary now. That made us want to reach out to King to ask about his career and the reactions to his most popular videos – faster than the guy in a Jimmy Buffet shirt jumping on stage to be sawed in half in Vegas.

From the kind of camera and editing software he used to get started, to his favorite video productions to date, King graciously walks us through an internet version of This is your life in this latest installment of “1,000 YouTube Comments.” (Be sure to stick around for King’s passionate nerding about hands-on VFX; Phil Tippett would be proud.) We may need a little magic to get more productions like this happening in the near future (thanks COVID-19), but suggestions for other Internet creators we should connect with are always welcome in the comments below.

List image by Vara Reese/Matt Colby

By akfire1

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.