Zach King knows a thing or two about Final Cut, and thankfully he’s sharing the knowledge. People are starting to take notice of his gripping edit sequences and penchant for fast-paced VFX shots. His YouTube channel Final Cut King, once a witty blend of his last name with an amusing brand name to sell video courses and workshops on editing, is now a rising star in the innovative filmmaking circles within the world’s biggest video network.
With 5.7 million total views and 37,700 subscribers, Final Cut King is on the verge of a breakout. His latest pop came in early May when King was tapped as one of the 25 winners of YouTube’s NextUp program—its first—which set the rising creator up with $35,000 and a trip out to New York City for the four-day creators camp.
This week saw the release of his first collaboration project out of the NextUp program, an office Nerf warfare video (below) with Jimmy Wong that gives even the 2008 HBOlab Nerf war video from Woody Tondorf a run for its money. Spotted in the video are Backyard FX’s Erik Beck, The Fine Brothers and fellow NextUp classmate Richard Ryan (aka: RatedRR).
The entire one and a half minute video took 25 hours to make, spaced out over 3 days. If you really want to geek out on how this video was made, especially those nifty object motion tracking effects, King’s partner Aaron Benitez (aka thevfxbro) post a 9-minute tutorial video: “PF Track Tutorial – Object Motion Tracking”