It’s hard to believe that YouTube turns 10 this year. The site, founded in 2005 by three former PayPal employees, has not only become one of the most-visited sites on the internet, but it also symbolizes the new age of user-generated content. In only a decade, it has become one of the largest search engines in the world (along with parent company Google), with wildly popular celebrities — dubbed “YouTube influencers” — and has even formed the basis for newer companies seeking to aggregate and monetize the millions of hours of uploaded YouTube content. In addition, the website’s ease of use as a distribution platform has had a huge impact on independent filmmakers who would otherwise have had no opportunity to showcase their incredible work.
Indiewire has been covering YouTube news, content and stars pretty consistently since 2012, and we’ve compiled a list of all the articles we’ve written for your reading pleasure. Scroll down to take a trip through our YouTube memory lane, organized by category.
YouTube Filmmaking News
As YouTube grew and grew, traditional filmmakers and media companies began to take notice of it, giving the site the opportunity to become newsworthy in and of itself. Here’s a selection of our more newsworthy stories:
A culture of friendly educational and tutorial videos soon came out of the crowd-sourced, user-generated atmosphere on YouTube. Here’s some advice for aspiring filmmakers looking to get their start online:
As with any new content today, YouTube has also generated a host of think pieces which seek to analyze its current and future state in the entertainment and digital landscapes. Indiewire’s own analyses are listed below:
Over the past few years, many filmmakers and content creators have moved projects from more traditional media outlets onto YouTube in the hopes of finding a platform that didn’t require network greenlights. Here’s our coverage of a few of those transitions, most notably a “Battlestar Galactica” prequel and a “Dredd” sequel.
In the post-YouTube age, creating and distributing your own original content has never been easier. Everybody — from big names like Bryan Singer (“X-Men”) to amateur indie filmmakers — can upload to YouTube, making it into, essentially, the melting pot of the internet. Here’s our original content coverage:
Fandom subculture has taken up residence on YouTube as well, with many fans taking advantage of their editing skills to create parodies of iconic shows and trailers. A few of the best ones which have caught our attention are listed here:
Because we’re still in the process of discovering the pros and cons of YouTube-based distribution, many creators still come to YouTube with the eventual goal of ending up on the big (or the small) screen. Our coverage of those creators and series who have made the jump (in both directions) is below: