Have you ever scrolled through YouTube, not really looking for anything specific, and then all of a sudden, you stumble upon a goldmine?
That’s sort of what it was like when I came across Brandon Calvillo’s YouTube channel
Who is he?
Brandon Calvillo is a 23 year old former Vine star (RIP Vine) who quickly rose to the top of the charts with his hilarious 6 second videos.
Together with brothers Jesse and Gregory, Brandon Calvillo has established himself as one of the most influential social media comedians.
Today, Brandon continues to entertain millions as a regular member in David Dobrik’s vlogs. He also hosts a successful podcast called “I’m sorry dad” with fellow comedian Ry Doon. Calvillo is also present within the Instagram environment, producing “silent vines” that manage to tackle political, racial and gender bias, all the while retaining comedic undertones.
His unique sense of humour played an integral role in setting him apart from other viners his age. Often thought of as satirical, dark humour, Calvillo explored avenues of comedy that forced viewers to think deeper, and in turn, revealed his own self-awareness.
His transition to YouTube was slow, but steady and currently boasts some of the best short films in the industry.
Why his short films are important:
Calvillo’s films are quite simply, works of art. The talented young creator tells stories so masterfully, that he is able to capture the intricacies of the millennial experience within a relatively short video.
Presumably drawing from his personal experiences, or perhaps observation, each video Calvillo produces leaves the viewer with a resounding sense of fascination. By making the decision to incorporate highly subjective themes such as love and loss, Calvillo writes with the entire spectrum of human emotion in mind. This is of course, no mean feat, further highlighting his immense talent.
Many have referred to Calvillo’s sense of humour as “dark” or “disturbing”. Personally, I believe that may have been his intention all along. Film is a form of art, and art is only significant when it arouses profound emotion within you. These seemingly “dark” films force viewers to evaluate the current socio-political climate by showing them a perspective they have not seen before. Personally, Calvillo’s ability to portray this in such a subtle manner is ingenious.
Should you watch his films?
I would recommend Calvillo’s short films to everyone, especially those with an innate sense of wonder.
They are highly thought-provoking, humorous and entertaining across various age groups. Anyone seeking a deeper understanding of millennial culture will benefit greatly from these videos. The realistic portrayal of modern day relationships, international issues and the power of technology within everyday interactions is incredibly refreshing.
Brandon Calvillo’s journey as a writer, director and film producer is off to a very successful start, and luckily for us viewers, it’s only the beginning.
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