Freddie Wong

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Freddie Wong
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Freddie Wong (2012) cropped.jpg
Wong in 2012
Status Active
Date of birth (1985-09-13) September 13, 1985 (age 29)
Hometown Seattle, Washington
Nationality United States

Freddie Wong (born September 13, 1985)[1] is an American filmmaker, musician, VFX artist and competitive gamer. He is a major part in three popular YouTube channels, "RocketJump", "BrandonJLa", and "Node". He is the older brother of actor and YouTuber Jimmy Wong.[2][3]

Biography[edit]

Wong attended Lakeside School in Seattle, Washington.[4] He then attended and graduated from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts.[4] 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. They have collaborated with various Hollywood artists and video game development companies.

Notable accomplishments[edit]

Wong 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.[5][6]

During MTV's "Gamer's Week" celebration in November 2007, Freddie appeared as a guest on Total Request Live.[7] 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.[8]

For the release of Rock Band, the band Hellanor Brozevelt was commissioned to play at the Best Buy in Hollywood for the midnight release of the game.[9]

Freddie Wong performed at YouTube Live in San Francisco on November 22, 2008.[10]

Wong has attracted mainstream attention as well, with 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)".[11]

In 2010 he helped Joe Penna, known as MysteryGuitarMan on YouTube, shoot a commercial for McDonald's,[12] and assisted Wong Fu Productions in actions scenes of Agents of Secret Stuff.[13] In 2011 Wong produced, co-directed, and acted in a TV commercial for Battlefield 3 at the request of Electronic Arts.[14][15]

In 2011 he, along with his partners Matt Arnold and Dez Dolly, formed the production company RocketJump. Since then, they have worked on the webseries Video Game High School, which began releasing episodes on May 11, 2012. The final episode of the second season was released August 31, 2013, on the RocketJump website and YouTube.

Wong participates in at least three YouTube channels, with "RocketJump", his production company's main channel, supporting over 7.0 million subscribers,[16] "BrandonJLa", a secondary channel with behind the scenes videos and other content, which holds over 1.2 million subscribers,[17] and "Node", a gaming channel with over 900 thousand subscribers.[18] Wong also participates in other channels associated with Rocket Jump and Collective Digital Studios.

In the fall of 2013, They began the "Phase Two"[19] of their plans where they were going to work on new projects, which both channels they own were change with freddiew to rocketjump and freddiew2 to brandonjla, with freddie running the rocketjump and brandon taking the second channel, this was done mostly because they both wanted to work on different projects and freddie was busy with his other project "Video Game High School", his last apprences on "Node" was back in November 2013 when they did "Bandfuse",[20] he last appeared again with them in the "Dayz" games,[21] but wasn't in the warehouse of Node as he was working on the 3rd season of VGHS.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Other notes
2010 Bear Producer Film
2011 Chuck Freddie TV Series, Guest appearance in "Chuck Versus the Hack Off"
2012–present Video Game High School Co-Director, Co-Creator, Himself Webseries
2013 Key & Peele Himself as ghost roommate (episode 307) Guest appearance
2013–present The Gauntlet Himself Webseries, season 2 regular

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Wong, Freddie (September 13, 2012). "Hitting 27 today – thanks everyone!". Twitter. Retrieved September 13, 2012. 
  2. ^ Roderick, Kevin (March 24, 2011). "Jimmy Wong as Internet savior". LA Observed. Retrieved May 9, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Never stop working. If you're doing something you love, then it shouldn't be a problem.". The Other Asians. July 7, 2011. Retrieved May 9, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Rolph, Amy (July 16, 2007). "Seattle's 'Hero' struts into rock stardom". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved July 23, 2010. 
  5. ^ Freddie Wong 10 on STYLE -Less Talk More Rokk on YouTube video of the second half of Freddie's winning performance
  6. ^ World Series of Video Games- Freddiew's blog post dated July 16, 2007.
  7. ^ http://www.freddiew.com/2007/11/13/the-going-thing/
  8. ^ "'Rock Band' Rock Off | Video | MTV". MTV. Retrieved July 21, 2014. 
  9. ^ YouTube Sensation Freddie Wong officially rocks The Rock-A-Thon! – The Rock-A-Thon. September 15, 2009.
  10. ^ "YouTube Live (TV Movie 2008) - Full Cast & Crew - IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved July 21, 2014. 
  11. ^ FreddieW (January 13, 2011). "Huge Guns (with Smosh!)". YouTube. Retrieved August 6, 2012. 
  12. ^ Freddie Wong Twitter Update – Twitter, 2011.
  13. ^ Nigahiga (November 24, 2010). "Agents of Secret Stuff". YouTube. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  14. ^ Battlefield 3 – FreddieW TV Commercial on YouTube, 2011
  15. ^ 10 Days to Air – -BF3 TV commercial Behind the Scenes on YouTube, 2011.
  16. ^ Statistics retrieved on September 1, 2014, at RocketJump's channel on YouTube.
  17. ^ Statistics retrieved on September 1, 2014, at BrandonJLa's channel on YouTube.
  18. ^ Statistics retrieved on September 1, 2014, at Node's channel on YouTube.
  19. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diVBqGBKtBs&list=UUDsO-0Yo5zpJk575nKXgMVA
  20. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1yZ6KNdkgs&list=UUI4Wh0EQPjGx2jJLjmTsFBQ
  21. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EemdToKiPx8&list=UUI4Wh0EQPjGx2jJLjmTsFBQ

Further reading[edit]

  • Slater, Grant (July 7, 2007), "Mild-mannered gamers become rock stars for a day", Associated Press Newswires 
  • Sperounes, Sandra (February 23, 2008), "Internet phenomenon a Guitar Hero for hire", Winnipeg Free Press: c13 

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