Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Even YouTube Had To Start Somewhere

Though I'm sure most of us couldn't imagine life without it, YouTube has only been around for about 3 years. Isn't that wild? Who'd have thunk a video sharing website where users can upload, view, and share video clips could take the world by storm...but boy, did it ever.

And I don't know if anyone will ever be able to duplicate YouTubes's success, but I'm here to direct you to a recently launched Canadian 'online film portal' called Super U.

From their website: is an online community fostering the development of Canadian short film content in both French and English. Super U encourages filmmakers at all levels. Unique Contests challenge your film making skills and inspire your creative vision. Winners receive big cash prizes and the chance to have films broadcast on Super Channel, Canada’s only National Pay Television service.
Thousands of people will see your short film on Super U – and you’ll get respectful, constructive feedback direct from your audience. Or you can choose that your films only screen to private, invited audiences – the perfect way to distribute a rough cut or reel. You can also upload screenplays, film music, even your resume or bio. Super U is not limited to above-the-line. Every film enthusiast, craftsperson and support person is welcome at Super U.

Yeah, there's the Super Channel connection, but don't regard this as just shameless self promotion --- the two entities are very loosely connected. I'd say Super U is of primary interest to the blossoming Canuck film/video maker or film student...a place to expose your short film to viewers beyond your basement apartment, receive some feedback and/or criticism, and with some talent and a little luck you might actually get noticed.

Super U recently awarded a round of prizes for comedy submissions, and the winning video from a Calgary filmmaker can be seen HERE.

Hmmmm....well, it seems to have borrowed a page from the Roxbury Guys, and doesn't pack the punch of Matt Dancing...but at the end of the day, it probably has as much of a chance to go viral as the next video. Because nobody really knows why some clips click and others don't, though I'm sure those that do succeed has something to do with what McGrath said in his Dancing Matt post..."(it) speaks to me with all that is important and key about video content on the internet: it must punch, and be immediate, and evocative, and most of all -- convey its message in a short, sharp burst."

Wise words that wannabe's should take to heart...and with a site like Super U, the opportunity at least exists for your Canadian short vids to get out there and go wide.

Check out Super U HERE.


Anon said...

Along somewhat similar lines...

The NSI has canned their WPG film festival, but they have replaced it with an online short film festival. I believe they accept shorts for review four times a year. Online industry center as well with blogs, etc. I thought it was a cool idea... although I do miss the actual film festival with, you know, people and theaters :P It was fun times!

mancko said...

Video sharing is all the rage these days. We all want to share our videos, to share our passions and the things we like. There are so many sites around to publish our videos on the web that it is sometimes hard to make a choice. We know some of them like YouTube, Revver or Dailymotion, but there are so many others competing to be the number one, or targeting a specific audience, whether geographically (China, Japan, Turkey...), by language (German, Arabic, French...) or for the kind of content they enable to publish (cooking, planes, extreme sports...).
I have compiled a growing list of more than 750 video sharing sites, video search engines, and video download sites that you can check at
For each of them, you will get useful information such as their history, the country from which most of their visitors come, their niche, their rank, their latest news...
This site offers some other interesting features, like a forum about online videos, how to make money with your videos, how to create your own YouTube site, etc.
So if you are interested in video sharing or online video marketing, give an eye to this site, it worths it.

dean said...

Great article. Hope SuperU goes a long way, it's great for canadian content.

Mancko: Thx for your link.

Anonymous said...

I think it is a great idea for up and comers. I recently have been contacted to put stuff up on I might do both options. The more the merrier and it can't hurt to try and get a guy (or gal) out of a PA type job.