Do you like YouTube? Not just those funny videos where crazy people tongue super-spicy peppers or amusingly (sometimes artfully) tear apart your favorite film/show/book/video game? Granted, those are some fun ways to pass the time, especially when you should be working on a new blog post or one of the many manuscripts begging to be finished, but they aren’t the best the site has to offer. Along with the dares and challenges and rants are some future award-winning filmmakers whose talent would blow you away.
Ilya M. is one such filmmaker. While other YouTubers make nice but not-so-serious videos, Ilya has given us some actual, though out and though provoking short films. He doesn’t just plop his skinny butt in front of the camera and ramble on about the most recent Stupid Thing in the World but takes the time to come up with films that express something and speaks to the viewer. He reaches into himself and lays his message bare for all to see. He’s an artist and treats the medium as such. Beside the impressive films he’s done, you’ll also find travel, Q&A (a few of which have been done with Max Marlow, another worth-your-time YouTuber) and other vlogs, all well made and you should watch and like and share every single one.
I’ve been a fan of him for a while now and enjoyed his work so much awarded him the inaugural Black Book Award for Best YouTuber. He deserved the recognition and deserves so much more. It isn’t hyperbole when I tell you you’ll one day see his name on the big screen and hear him announced as an Oscar-winning director.
One of his films in case you can't just take my word for it
This one's from Max MArlow's channel edited by Ilya
He’s also an accomplished editor, as his and others videos can attest to, and gifted writer, as seen on the now-defunct Youth Filmmaker showed. And I can’t not mention his photography, which you might have seen right here on my site. The boy’s a triple threat y’all.
Ilya’s young but don’t let that make you think he’s just faking his way along or relying on what everyone else does; he’s light years beyond the typical vlogger and his passion will take him all the way. Be one of the people who follow him along his path and watch as the future of filmmaking takes hold. Subscribe to his YouTube channel and follow him on Twitter and Instagram.