Sam Gorski and Niko Peuringer are two special effects artists from the film industry that have transitioned to becoming personas on YouTube. The two of them co-direct and act in their channel named Corridor Digital, or simply Corridor.
They live and work with Freddie Wong and his own filming crew and are known for making really unique content of different varieties, correctly following film procedures in a relaxed, fun sort of manner. They've also appeared in many collaborations with other YouTube stars.
In addition to making their bi-weekly content on their own channel, Sam and Niko also have a monthly action series on Bammo called Sync, with a thorough behind-the-scenes making of to accompany it. They also produced the Agent Origins: Ashes live-action trailer for The Division.
You can find their main channel here. They also maintain a side channel called Corridor Crew with content ranging from slice-of-life vlogs to behind the scenes to "React" videos about good and bad CGI, as well as a gaming (including video gaming, tabletop gaming, and airsoft and Nerf games) channel called Node with buddies D and Brandon Laatsch note .
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: In their "New Robot Can Now Fight Back!" video, a robot at a Boston Dynamics expy turns on its creators after taking one too many hockey sticks to the back. In the sequel a military prototype breaks out of a test session after the engineers try to force it to kill a Robot Dog.
- Adaptational Heroism: Harry and Marv from the R-rated version, unlike their original counterparts, they are not thieves, but people who were invited to a supposed party organized by Kevin.
- Adaptational Villainy: Kevin, Willy Wonka and Charlie, who are homicidal in the R-rated version of their movies. The biggest example would be Kevin being that unlike his original counterpart, he wasn't fighting back, instead he invited Marv and Harry (and their respective twins) to a party, so he could kill them.
- Adaptational Wimp: Spider-man in the R-rated version, since he lacks his super-durability.
- Author Appeal:
- They express pride that muzzle flashes are their speciality
- Their reaction videos often has Niko mention pores and skin stretches when talking about model textures, leading to jokes about it whenever he begins to point out how to achieve realistic skin in visual effects.
- In one of their podcast episodes, Sam jokingly describe Corridor Digital's "office culture" as a trifecta consisting of electric vehicles, bone-conducting headphones, and playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
- Blatant Lies: Charlie says he found a dollar on the street, even though the blood of the guy he assaulted and murdered is still on his face.
- Body Horror: When Mario glitches out in "The Glitch".
- Crooks Are Better Armed: "Superman with a GoPro" uses this. Two crooks with rifles hold off a lone policeman with a pistol. Naturally, though, those rifles are then outmatched by Superman.
- Crossover: SlowMo Fallout Kills was a collaboration with The Slow Mo Guys.
- Cut Scene Incompetence: Two mooks exploit this trope in The Cutscene, managing to survive against an Invincible Hero by locking him into increasingly elaborate cutscenes where he can't immediately massacre them.
- Diabolus ex Machina: World's BIGGEST Domino Run uses this twice to kick off and wrap up the main story.
- Face-Revealing Turn: "Googly Eyes" features one as a character named Clint is revealed to have, well...
- Gadgeteer Genius: Many videos on their various channels - whether as original content on their primary channel or behind-the-scenes vlogs - focus on members of the crew designing and building things, either from scratch or from spare parts. In particular, Wren - who has an engineering degree - has done several videos focused on designing and fabricating modifications to various pieces of filming equipment and drones, electric skateboards etc, as well as videos explaining core scientific principles using VFX.
- Gainax Ending: Awfully frequently.
- Hyper-Destructive Bouncing Ball: "Ballin' Out Of Control"
- Jump Scare: A really effective one in "The Glitch", when Mario is trapped inside of a glitch and then suddenly has his face start glitching.
- Lightning Gun: Well, they're more like Dubstep guns.
- Magical Camera: "Photoreal".
- MST: While their reaction videos are primarily to explain tricks and techniques shown in the clips, the crew's general sense of humor fails to stop them from cracking wise about some of the more silly stuff they notice.
- Nightmare Face: Mario once he glitches out in "The Glitch".
- No Ending: The Glitch ends with a fake YouTube "plugin failed" screen before the Windows "Blue Screen of Death" pops up.
- Practical Effects: The video MiniDrones Blew Up My Toys! is largely made with practical effects, meaning that they actually did blow up a few toy cars in the toy car chase.
- Real-Place Background: Being based in Los Angeles, their video for Real GTA naturally uses real environments paralleling those used in the in-game Los Santos as backgrounds.
- Rule of Cool: Much of their videos have no real purpose beyond showing off visual effects, stuntwork, and cool ideas the crew came up with that week.
- Running Gag: Clint hasn't seen most of the movies they react to in VFX Artists React.
- Shout-Out: To recent video games, by the boat load, considering they provide the basis for videos. Halo, Team Fortress 2, Mass Effect 3, and Skyrim only scratch the surface.
- Sitcom Archnemesis: Frequent collaborator Jan-Michael Losada has this relationship with the Corridor Crew, and Wren in particularly. It's a recurrent gag during Crew videos that whenever he visits the studio, he will engage the entire crew in Nerf gun skirmishes all on his own, frequently coming very close to a Total Party Kill, and during several videos focused on Wren he will be seen in the background heckling Wren and in the Nerf gun drone video makes it his mission to destroy Wren's Nerf dart firing drone in single combat; he does not succeed.
- However, the relationship is clearly one of mutual respect and friendship: Wren builds Jan a prosthetic finger to replace the pinky finger Jan is missing under mysterious circumstances, and during their annual Super Smash Brothers Ultimate tournament, despite losing to Wren in their opening match together, Jan is seen cheering Wren on as he gets closer to the final round and, when Wren defeats prior champion Niko, cheers and hoists Wren up on his shoulders.
- Slow Laser: Exaggerated in World's Largest Laser Gun. While Wren's laser is devastating enough to vaporize anything it touches, it moves so slowly that it has to be shaken out of the gun and can be dodged by simply stepping out of its path. This doesn't stop a bystander from getting barbecued and Wren going to jail for it.
- Stating the Simple Solution: Many times in reactions they'll point out how productions create unnecessary problems for themselves when more practical means could reduce the workload, a big example being Zero where great pains was taken to turn the main actor into a dwarf when just hiring a short actor would suffice.
- Taken for Granite: "Head Hunters".
- Voodoo Shark: Mostly in response to their reaction, the VFX studio behind Zero released a VFX breakdown. It only ends up frustrating the crew more because one of the clips does nothing to explain how they achieved the effect.Niko: It's like showing me a magic trick and the solution is...actual magic.
- Worf Had the Flu: In the "Stormtroopers, but They're ACCURATE", video, the main reason why Stormtroopers have terrible accuracy is that they have poor eyesight. Once they're given laser eye surgery, their accuracy drastically improves, to the point of killing several of the main cast.