Julian Smith (director)

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Julian Smith
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Born Julian Smith
(1987-05-19) May 19, 1987 (age 33)[1]
Nashville, Tennessee, USA[1]
Residence Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
Occupation Internet personality, film director, film editor, screenwriter, actor, composer, musician
Years active 2009–present
Notable work(s) "Malk", "Hot Kool Aid", "Waffles", "Jellyfish", "Techno Jeep", "Everything's Okay Now", "Red Eye Flashes Twice", "Eat Randy", Mr. Timn series
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Julian Smith (born May 19, 1987) is an American screenwriter, director, actor, internet personality, and musician. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

Career

Smith purchased his first video production equipment with money he made babysitting (then 3 year old) Michelangelo Cozzo, whom he credits with launching his career.[2] Smith rose to fame in April 2009 for his video 25 Things I Hate About Facebook, which currently has over seven million views on YouTube.[3] The video's viral success led to an appearance on The Tyra Banks Show as well as an invitation from Facebook itself for Smith to visit their headquarters and create a video (a first in their history).[4][5] Smith currently has over one million subscribers on YouTube.[1]

Smith appeared as himself in the TV series Smash Cuts which was on the air for two seasons.[6] Smith writes, directs, stars in, composes for, and sometimes films his own videos. He frequently collaborates with Justin Johns (cinematographer/camera operator) and Josh Lovell (co-writer).[7] Smith creates his videos with the RED Scarlet and Leica prime lenses.[8] Smith recently created a production company called Papertown (stylized as papertown).[9] Thus far, Papertown is credited with the production of Julian Smith's own work, Geek & Sundry's "Written By A Kid" series,[10] and Ray William Johnson's show, Equals Three. Sony Music Entertainment, Nike, Relativity Media, Google, MTV, Samsung, Chrysler, and H&M are also listed as clients, but all of these projects predate Papertown as an entity.[11]

In mid-July 2013, Smith introduced the B Story Music franchise, which at least temporarily suspended the JulianSmith.tv comedy and music franchise.[12] B Story features himself as the musical artist B Story and is anticipated to follow a more somber tone, according to Smith.[13] Along with the release of the first music video, Back Then, he introduced a new website, YouTube channel, blog, and Twitter profile.[14][15][16][17]

Viral videos

Smith's most famous videos,"'Malk", "Hot Kool Aid", "Waffles", "Jellyfish", "Techno Jeep", "Everything's Okay Now", and "Red Eye Flashes Twice", have achieved viral success on YouTube. As of December 2013, his channel, juliansmith87, has over 280,000,000 views, and currently has over 1,400,000 subscribers.[1] All of Smith's videos contain a consistent cast of characters, either played by himself,[18] his own cast of actors,[19] or other YouTube stars, such as Joe Hanson, Ray William Johnson,[20] Rhett and Link,[21] and iJustine.[22] His videos have been featured on ABC News, Funny or Die, Gawker, Mashable, and the Huffington Post.

Personal life

In 2009, Julian moved from Nashville to Los Angeles to pursue opportunities in the LA film production industry. He married Sarah Smith the following year. Their daughter Ellanora (Nora) Lynn Smith was born in September 2013.[23] They have two cats, Scout and Pepper, and a black Labrador Retriever named Frank.[24] Julian Smith is the second eldest of six children.[23]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Smith, Julian. "juliansmith87 - YouTube". YouTube Channel - Julian Smith (juliansmith87). Google, Inc.. https://www.youtube.com/user/juliansmith87. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  2. http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/1iksh0/im_julian_smith_creator_of_digital_shorts_like/?sort=top
  3. "25 Things I Hate About Facebook on YouTube". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVA047JAQsk. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  4. "JULIAN SMITH – Appearance on Tyra Banks Show on YouTube". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SE22gfCI7hY. 
  5. "Julian Smith Inside Facebook". http://www.juliansmith.tv/2009/03/inside-the-new-facebook-layout/. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  6. "Julian Smith on "Smash Cuts"". http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3702850/. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  7. "Cast and Crew". http://www.juliansmith.tv/cast-crew/. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 
  8. "Template:Citation error". https://www.twitter.com/JulianWasHere/status/288825482504450048. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  9. "papertown". http://www.papertown.tv. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  10. "Written by a Kid". http://writtenbyakid.geekandsundry.com. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  11. "TheOneInPink - Twitter". https://twitter.com/i/#!/theoneinpink/media/slideshow?url=pic.twitter.com%2FdcjyeU3R. Retrieved 6 December 2012. 
  12. "JulianWasHere on Twitter". https://www.twitter.com/JulianWasHere/status/343930218400075776. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  13. "JulianWasHere on Twitter". https://www.twitter.com/JulianWasHere/status/349963971186536448. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  14. "B Story". http://www.bstorymusic.com. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  15. "B Story - YouTube". https://www.youtube.com/bstory. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  16. "Julian Was Here". http://julianwashere.com. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  17. "BStory on Twitter". https://www.twitter.com/BStory. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  18. Mr. Timn in Candyland | JulianSmith.tv | I made this for you. JulianSmith.tv. Retrieved on 2012-08-09.
  19. Cast & Crew | JulianSmith.tv | I made this for you. JulianSmith.tv. Retrieved on 2012-08-09.
  20. You in Five Minutes | JulianSmith.tv | I made this for you. JulianSmith.tv. Retrieved on 2012-08-09.
  21. Kidnapped – Missing (Ep. 2) | JulianSmith.tv | I made this for you. JulianSmith.tv (2012-02-05). Retrieved on 2012-08-09.
  22. Red Eye Flashes Twice | JulianSmith.tv | I made this for you. JulianSmith.tv. Retrieved on 2012-08-09.
  23. 23.0 23.1 Smith, Julian. "Ep. 7 Julian Smith - Ear Biscuits - Soundcloud". Ear Biscuit's interview with Julian Smith. Soundcloud. https://soundcloud.com/earbiscuits/ep-7-julian-smith-ear-biscuits. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  24. Me | JulianSmith.tv | I made this for you. JulianSmith.tv. Retrieved on 2012-08-09.

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