Student finds life’s work

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Denton High School junior Ian Gibson

Filmmaking is an art, a talent and a passion.

There are several ingredients that go into the perfect film: time, patience and a whole lot of creativity. At only 11 years old, a boy discovered this art and discovered his passion along with it.

Ian Gibson, a junior, succeeded in creating his own independent film company at the age of 11, known as Frosted Independent Films. In the fifth grade, Gibson was introduced to the idea of creating movies.

“I was at a birthday party with one of my friends, Lorenzo, and we ran out of things to do,” Gibson said. “We found a camcorder in his garage, turned it on, and started messing around. At that point I got into it, so for a number of weeks that summer, we progressively made videos.”

Gibson had originally created the videos for himself, but in 2007 he began uploading them to YouTube. Once more videos were posted, people started to pay more attention to his work. One video in particular caught the eye of the public.

“I had been on YouTube for two years, and I made this video where I played this character called Irien, basically the girl version of myself,” Gibson said. “There’s a video I created where she comes over to my house and starts bossing me around, so I dress up as Rambo and shoot her. I put it on YouTube and it got really popular in my middle school. I guess that’s the first time I ever actually had something that big as far as films go.”

Gibson became an official “partner” of YouTube on May 12, 2012, beginning his first web series, “Frosted Fridays.”

“My advertising campaign manager from YouTube suggested that I start producing a show to boost my viewership,” Gibson said. “I never really thought about doing a show, I just liked making videos and films. I looked into it, and I had always wanted to talk about things that I saw in the film industry that I thought weren’t getting enough attention, so I had the idea of making a web series focusing on that.”

Gibson’s goal with his videos is to show how everything works behind the camera to produce the things that appear on screen.

“There are a lot of things that go on behind the scenes that people don’t know about that heavily influences what actually goes into filmmaking,” Gibson said.

In June, Gibson plans to add another series in addition to Frosted Fridays called “Frosted Favorites.” He aims for it to air the first Tuesday in June and run for six weeks alongside Frosted Fridays.

“I created Frosted Favorites to recognize films I personally favor that I feel don’t receive enough attention. They’re ones I feel are largely overlooked by a lot of moviegoers, whether it be over a small budget, little advertising or a bad release time.”

In addition to some films he’s slated to review in Frosted Favorites, Gibson credits films by Martin Scorsese and Stanley Kubrick as an inspiration. “Scorsese and Kubrick influence me the most,” Gibson said. “Mostly for the themes presented in their films and also how unbiased they are in the industry as actual popular directors.”

After Frosted Favorites premieres, Gibson will continue focusing on his next short film, Red Shot Tales, which he’s currently writing.

Emma Pattison, a junior, has been a good friend of Gibson’s since the beginning. She has believed that his determination will get him where he wants to go.

“He’s definitely driven,” Pattison said. “He’s passionate about filming and knows what he wants and he’s going to get there. He’s not really in the mindset that everyone else is in when they’re this age, when they don’t really know what they want to do. He’s determined, he’s focused and he’s going to make it.”

Pattison has been a part of several of Gibson’s videos, whether behind the camera or playing a small role.

“It’s been really awesome to watch how he has progressed over the years,” Pattison said. “If you compare some of the videos that he has now to his first videos, he has improved so much in many aspects. There’s a huge change.”

Pattison admires his passion and his seriousness for what he really loves.

“He’s definitely going to make a career out of his filming; there’s nothing else he wants to do,” Pattison said.

Gibson has been offered a job to narrate a Petsmart commercial in Vancouver, will become a National Youth Correspondent with MSNBC this summer, and works with the University of North Texas creating promotional videos for visual arts programs. Though he has been presented with additional opportunities, Gibson plans to continue filmmaking the rest of his life.

He continues making webisodes, with extra projects on the side, while being a busy high school student. It can get very stressful.

“What stresses me out the most about my job is the fact that it feels like it’s never ending. There’s not a whole lot of breaks,” Gibson said. “The financial obstacles and actually getting to the point where I can produce something stresses me out, as well. Taking something from an idea and actually getting it on film is time consuming and takes a lot of work.”

There are also a lot of rewarding aspects to being in his industry.

“What I love most is having the ability to express your ideas in a manner that is both entertaining and comprehensible to the majority of audiences. I love to film and I love every aspect of filmmaking. It’s what drives me to continue working and to keep creating,” Gibson said.

JORDAN GILL is a sophomore at Denton High School and a participant in the Denton Record-Chronicle’s “Speak Out Loud” writing program for student journalists.

 

 

 


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