"There is only one rule for content, and that is: 'What do you genuinely enjoy making?'"
RocketJump is an online video Production Posse created by Freddie Wong, Brandon Laatsch, Matt Arnold, Dez Dolly, and other YouTube creators.In 2010, American filmmakers Freddie Wong and Brandon Laatch decided they'd had enough of fixing the mistakes on sloppy direct-to-video movies. They thought, "We can do this!" and the FreddieW channel was born.Their work is known for its high quality, low budget, fast-paced action scenes, guns, Video Gamehomages, guns, incredible visual effects, guns, and a general Rule of Cool attitude. Did we mention guns?In 2011 and 2012, this mix of quality, humor, video games, and action helped them grow to epic levels of popularity. They peaked at the sixth-most-subscribed spot on YouTube, and also held the "top filmmaking channel" spot.In 2012, they made their first feature-length web series, Video Game High School. It was so popular, they went on to release a second season in 2013. Season 3 is in pre-production as of early 2014.On October 23, 2013, the FreddieW team entered "Phase Two" and rebranded itself as RocketJump. The old freddiew2 channel was renamed to BrandonJLa, and also has some old behind-the-scenes videos and tutorials.On April 14, 2014, RocketJump and Lionsgate announced a partnership.Some high-profile members of RocketJump inclue:
Freddie Wong, the namesake for the old "freddiew" name. For most of its existence, Freddie has been synonymous with his channel. He got some early fame as a professional Guitar Hero player.
Brandon Laatsch. Based on behind-the-scenes videos, he did a lot of the early VFX with Freddie, and has done most of the 3D work. He's often been overshadowed by Freddie. As of early 2014, he left RocketJump to pursue his own channel.
Dez Dolly, another co-founder of the company proper.
Benji Dolly, best-known as Games Dean in Video Game High School and frequently appears on the Facerocker podcast.
Clinton Jones is a frequent collaborator and is known to do some VFX work for them.
Lauren Haroutunian, the "dean" of the RocketJump Film School.
Freddie and Brandon also went to UCLA with Corridor Digital, and have been known to cameo in each others'projects.Their YMMV page is here.Please note, this page was migrated from the old "Freddie Wong" page. Examples may refer to just Freddie, and there might be some grammar hiccups. If you come across any mistakes, please fix them.
In Don't F With My Cream, two robbers knock over an ice cream parlor as Freddie is outside enjoying some ice creamnote As mentioned in the Behind the Scenes vid, Freddie is lactose intolerant, so he had to take some pills in order to be able to eat the stuff. He does nothing to stop them until one of them decides to knock over his ice cream for no reason. It does notendwell for the robbers.
Things also don't end well for two guys whose fighting ends up destroying the work of the Sandcastle Sensei.
In Pedestrian Revenge, a would-be car thief learns that GTA-ing Freddie is a bad idea.
Breaking the Fourth Wall: The end of Troll Massacre, in which Freddie and Ray William Johnson speculate that the trolls will be back — in fact, "they might even be watching this right now." Complete with an Aside Glance to the audience.
Flock of Wolves: The Gambit Pileup in Mexican Standoff gets so over-the-top that the villains actually stop existing: Freddie's character dresses up as Key's character so that the real Key can hypnotize Freddie to investigate Key disguised as Freddie.
Gun Fu: Freddie has a penchant for this in his action shorts, with the most prominent examples being Time Crisis with Andy Whitfield and Alarmageddon, though with rare exception, he primarily uses one gun.
Guns Akimbo: Directly referenced and invoked in "Executive Command".
The "boss" from Time Crisis uses two submachine guns.
Freddie uses two AK-47s in Don't F With My Cream to blast the hell out of two robbers who, well...
Special focus is also given to removing a silencer so Freddie's gunshot will be heard in Claymores.
I Know You Know I Know: In "Mexican Standoff", they get so many levels into this that they have to stop what they're doing and draw it all out on the ground with chalk to figure out who is on what side, and why.
Jerkass: The Jedi A-Holes, who use lightsabers and the Force to do jerkass things For the Lulz.
Though their antics in the sequel (such as throwing a car with someone in it very far away, deflecting blaster bolts without a care about who those bolts hit, and giving lightsabers to two kids and cheering them on as they battle and taking bets until both of them die) may be the point where the two cross the line.
The Lancer: Brandon Laatsch, Freddie's co-director.
Leap and Fire: Andy Whitfield does a textbook-perfect shoot-dodge early on in Time Crisis.
Limited Wardrobe: A Real Life example. Matt has explained a few times in the Facerocker podcast that he loves the Video Game High School t-shirts from the Season 2 Kickstarter campaign; once his current one is dirty, he'll get a new one out of the package and put it on.
Literal-Minded: Past!Freddie in An Inconvenient Truth. Future!Freddie tells Past!Freddie to buy Apple (the company) before going back to his own time. Past!Freddie buys an apple. The kind you eat.