Freddie Wong, or simply FreddieW to his friends and colleagues, wears many hats as a successful professional including that of a filmmaker, YouTuber, gamer, visual effects (VFX) artist, and musician. Freddie achieved widespread acclaim for the first time as a competitive gamer when he participated in ‘World Series of Video Games’ competition held in Dallas where he stood first in the ‘Guitar Hero 2’ contest in July of 2007. Hugely inspired by the stupendous success, Freddie started uploading gaming videos on YouTube that became very popular largely because of their sardonic content. He also constituted a rock band ‘Helanor Brozevelt’ in 2007 that was exclusively devoted to video games. Wong’s career received a big boost when he co-founded a production firm ‘RocketJump’ along with Desmond “Dez” Dolly and Matthew Arnold, in 2010. Freddie uploaded ingeniously crafted videos on YouTube (via the ‘RocketJump’ channel) that went viral, notching up more than 1 billion views. He also played a stellar role in launching the prime web video series ‘Video Game High School’. Freddie Wong was also actively involved in the founding of two other YouTube channels, ‘BrandonJLa’ and ‘Node’ under the banner of RocketJump. Besides RocketJump, Freddie has also established a media entity named ‘Overcrank Media’ based in Los Angeles which he owns and oversees. Wong made his mark as an indie filmmaker when he produced a feature film titled ‘Bear’ for the first time in 2010. Freddie is a mentor to his younger brother, Jimmy Wong who is a YouTuber, actor, and musician.
The fact that Freddie Wong as a youngster had made up his mind to excel as a filmmaker and a VFX specialist is evident from his choice of major in graduation. Wong earned his graduation degree from the ‘School of Cinematic Arts’ affiliated to USC (University of Southern California). Wong was instinctively drawn towards the realm of gaming and the concomitant technologies that allowed the game designer to create hi-tech and realistic video games typified by multiple animation effects.
Freddie attempted to put his gaming skills to the test when he entered his name in the ‘Guitar Hero II’ contest staged in Dallas, in 2007, and endorsed by ‘World Series of Video Games’. His rendition of a single originally sung by ‘Freezepop’ was adjudged as the best and he was declared the winner in the completion. This accomplishment inspired Wong to upload humorous and engrossing video games on YouTube frequently as well as encouraged him to form ‘Helanor Brozevelt’—a rock band oriented around gaming—in the year 2007.
Wong took part in a nationwide quest for the topnotch ‘rock band’ team with his newly constituted ensemble, playing at ‘Hard Rock Café’ in New York. Freddie’s vocation as an indie filmmaker began to take root from 2010, underscored by the support he provided to ‘Joe Penna’ in filming an advertisement for McDonald’s. Wong produced and jointly directed as well as performed in a TV commercial in 2011 for promoting a video game ‘Battlefield 3’ endorsed by ‘Electronic Arts’.
The turning point in Wong’s career came in 2011, which turned out to be a watershed year for him. In 2011, Wong teamed up with Matthew Arnold and Desmond “Dez” Dolly both graduates of USC (University of Southern California) to set up ‘Rocket Jump’- a film production studio. The trio worked together on a web/internet video series known as ‘Video Game High School’ and started uploading episodes under the banner of ‘Rocket Jump’ from May 2012 onwards. With time the channel ‘Rocket Jump’ has grown in popularity and presently has nearly 8 million subscribers and 1.4 billion video views
Freddie Wong was named as one of the brightest stars of Hollywood by Forbes magazine in its 2015 “30 under 30” listing. The unprecedented success of ‘Video Game High School’ egged him on to enter into a partnership with ‘Lionsgate’. The collaboration paved the way for the release of action-oriented documentary series ‘RocketJump: The Show’, ‘Dimension 404’ (a sci-fi series), and numerous other innovative content are in the pipeline. Wong has co-directed, produced and acted in several other films, TV and web series including ‘The Strongest Man’, ‘My Music’, and ‘The Gauntlet’.
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Freddie Wong was born in Seattle, Washington on 13 September 1985. He went to ‘Lakeside School ‘situated in his hometown and did his graduation from ‘University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts’. Freddie is an advisor to his younger sibling, Jimmy Wong who is a YouTuber and actor as well as stars in ‘Video Game High School’.