TenEighty’s shortlist for 2015 has come to a close. We dived into the depths of YouTube to find the next generation of stars, picked out ten and interviewed them all. Now let’s recap the ‘who’s’ and ‘why’s’.
TenEighty’s Michael Dean nominated Jake, praising how much he’s accomplished during his first year on YouTube. “Jake has created some of the most unique videos around. His content is a mix of short films and vlogs, both of which have something different about them.
“Is it his use of coloured lights? No, but those look great! Jake is always pushing himself to make something new, to expand his skill set and it shows. The evolution in his ability to craft videos has jumped dramatically and I cannot wait to see how he progresses.”
TenEighty’s Lucy Evenden nominated Lois, and complimented her taste in fashion. “Lois Lillian is ON IT. Her style channel was recommended to me by a mutual friend and her combination of regular, aesthetically pleasing videos and a great fashion sense has kept me subscribed for almost two years. I love seeing friendly faces in my sub box and she is definitely one of them.
“Lois has a simple, minimalist style – as you can see from her Spring Lookbooks – a basics queen, one might say. Whoa, not a ‘basic’ queen! That wouldn’t be nice. Anyway, back to the point. Cute, friendly and on trend, I would highly recommend Lois Lillian’s channel.”
TenEighty’s Clare Fitzgerald selected Ewan for the shortlist, applauding how much he’s accomplished at such a young age. “His vlogs aren’t your typical, run-of-the-mill update-y stuff and you can tell with each one he uploads that he’s got a lot of weird and out-of-the-box ideas in that head of his.
“At only 16, he’s already making material that you’d expect from far more experienced YouTubers (I mean, come on, he’s already written and released a short film!). Whether you’re looking for inspiration or are just interested in a little nonsensical banter, I can guarantee Ewan’s videos are the ones for you. They’re pretty rad.”
TenEighty’s Tilly Pearce recommended Maddie for the shortlist, revealing how she’s fallen in love with her creativity. “It takes just a few seconds to get addicted to the creativity in her editing, and her unique take on some of YouTubes biggest tropes that make them completely her own. A film buff, she uploads film reviews and comparisons, and already has her first short film on her channel.
“Add some on-point opinion pieces about surviving your school years, and a hilarious little sister, by the end of going through her videos you’ll just fall in love. I can only see her getting better and better, capturing a whole load of hearts and subs along the way.”
TenEighty’s Michael Dean selected Sam-E for the shortlist, commenting on her approach to education through laughter. “Sam-E makes some of the most interesting and educational vlogs on YouTube! But we’re not on about your garden variety schooling system kind of educational. She seems to have crafted a new style that mixes her own personality and what could be described as a TedTalk with sarcasm.
“Her videos are enjoyable, funny and leave you wanting more and feeling smarter. They’re packed full of anecdotes, honesty and encouragement for you to go and create things. Sam-E is definitely one to watch, and we’re excited to see whats to come from her next!”
TenEighty’s Lucy Moon selected Ellis for the shortlist, complimenting his eye for editing. “He is one of the rising generation inspired by Jack Harries and Casey Neistat, slowly building upon their accessible documentary styles to create something altogether unique. Ellis has an eye for editing – he keeps it sharp but has a delicate understanding of pace that makes me wish his videos were minutes longer.
“Despite this tight editing style, his project Who Am I? feels homemade, probably due to the way in which he mixes old and new media to create a fast-paced collage of an introduction. He doesn’t create typical travel videos either, as demonstrated in Norway, which documents his journey to find a better view of the recent solar eclipse. I can only predict that Ellis will continue to grow as a filmmaker, making longer and better videos that may even expand into short films. Let’s face it; it is only a matter of time.”
TenEighty’s Paul Neafcy nominated Fran for the shortlist, celebrating her true and strong expression. “Fran has emerged as a caring and committed voice within the YouTube community. She is an old-school vlogger, largely just sitting and talking to camera about social issues, personal topics and the YouTube community itself.
“Her response to the YouTube sex abuse allegations was to spearhead the We Are Here For You project, a community support video for survivors of said abuse. She’s an earthy, honest opinion-giver with a refreshingly frank tone and a wry sense of humour. Plus, she has a properly jazzy old-timey singing voice that she busts out every now and then. GO AND SUBSCRIBE!”
TenEighty’s Teoh Lander-Boyce nominated Jake for the shortlist, praising him for his comical observations and simple approach to videos. “There’s something quite raw about Jake’s videos because he doesn’t strays away from talking directly to camera and just telling some jokes.
He doesn’t seem interested in playing the YouTube game, he just wants to make people laugh. And sometimes that means he comes off blunt, other times jokes don’t land, but he’s very much true to who he is – which is valuable in YouTube’s current landscape. For me his videos hark back to early Jimmy Hill. Simple and authentic, Jake’s sense of humour is what makes him endearing, even when what he is spouting seems feisty or bizarre.”
TenEighty’s Ant Lightfoot chose Adam for the shortlist, championing his engaging storytelling style and natural charm. “Adam is the cheekiest chap that you will ever have the pleasure of watching through the YouTubes. Whether he’s dancing like a lunatic or just having a cup of tea and a chat – Adam will never fail to infect you with a big ol’ case of the smiles.
“He has a natural flair for storytelling and engaging an audience, whilst instilling an intense feeling of intimacy – it feels like the video was made purely for you, the individual sat watching. Within one minute of his video The Manky Mouldy Sandwich of Doom! Adam pulls approximately 14 hilarious faces (yes, I did actually count). Stay amazing and stay AWESOME, Adam.”
TenEighty’s Lydia Snapper picked Chloe for the shortlist, demanding that Chloe’s content no longer be overlooked. “Chloe is a hidden gem within the YouTube community. Her mixture of original sketches, animation and standard vlogs are easily some of the most creative and unique content being uploaded right now.
“For example, she recently satirised the popular ‘reaction’ trend in which her cat react to her older videos. Major LOLs. But the best thing about Chloe’s is that she isn’t afraid to get real. A couple of month ago, she uploaded a video in which she discussed her experience with PCOS, a disease that isn’t publicly spoken about often. Like all of her videos, this particular one is full of light hearted humour and honesty, that in today’s YouTube reality seems rare.”
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