Would you believe that this particular clip of Angelo’s has picked up almost 17,000 hits over at his youtube channel: The Angelo Report?! Even I was blown away by the popularity of the video considering it was made by a child on a very child-like topic.
It took a while for this fact to sink in with the boy who was not too concerned about views or hits, and was just having fun emulating his idols on YouTube by creating videos of his toys. For my part, I have always tried to encourage him in anything he likes — and I am just so amazed at how this medium has given him a channel to express his creativity, and at the same time develop his self confidence.
Just like anything on the web, people are not always going to be pleased so while I am not too happy that it is not 100% as far as the “like” function is concerned, and there was a crude comment I pulled out, I am trying to get people to comment on the video because Angelo doesn’t care so much about the hits as the number of people commenting and rating his work. It’s a seven year old doing his own thing — we have no pretensions of being a serious film maker. He is probably thinking of being one eventually but for now, I’m just so thrilled to see him having fun doing it.
The three comments there are somehow strange in that the spelling and grammar is not even at par my with 7-year-old. One comment referred to the racer who was the inspiration for one of the Cars (The Movie) character, which makes me think, people should stop a while and see what the video is about before thinking they know more than the filmmaker. Another one was asking where Angelo is from (seeing he is Asian talking the way he talks) because she couldn’t place his “acsent” — and that wasn’t a typo. The comment I took out was a crude comment in broken English about not liking his video.
I’m just being the defensive Mom, I know.. why can’t people just let the kid have fun? Some people just don’t have anything better to do. I remember the grief I went through when certain bloghoppers made a habit of trolling blogs they would attack with all these unsavory comments. Why even bother?
Right now I am just so impressed by the way he’s coming out of his shell and thinking of new ways to showcase his videos. We’re still trying to get him looking at the camera when he chooses to have himself as part of the shot — and he’s getting better at it. I’m also trying to get him used to showing the object which is the subject of the video long enough for the viewer to see it — but if you look at his first video which we did last year and compare it with the other things he’s done, you’ll see my boy is growing up.
So if you have the time, please do stop by his channel on YouTube and leave a comment.. Even just hitting the “like” button will mean a lot. He’s already looking at George Lucas and Steven Spielberg.. right now, other youtube filmmakers continue to inspire him..