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Scott Christian Sava really, really wanted to draw Spider-Man.
As a kid, he watched the original 1967 Spider-Man TV show and “instantly I just fell in love,” he says. He was already cultivating a passion for art, so it seemed like the best thing in the world, being able to draw Spider-Man for Marvel.
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That dream stayed with Sava through high school, and then to college, where his ideal major–comic book artist, of course–wasn’t a thing yet. He had to settle for illustration, but it turned out that wasn’t too bad. It focused on a lot of the same things as comic book art: intense anatomy studies and figure drawing, plus experience in media like painting and graphic design. But Sava was still a nerd at heart (and we say that very fondly!), so when he got the chance to switch gears and work on video games with Sega of America in his junior year, he jumped for it.
“That opened a door to a whole other career,” he says.
And, during that career in games, Sava did end up snagging comic work on the side. He drew covers for Malibu Comics‘ runs of Star Trek and Mortal Kombat–and then, after Malibu was bought out by Marvel, he moved on to doing animation for TV and film. You can see his work in major properties like the Casper movies and Power Rangers.
But, as impressive as those gigs were, there was one thing missing: “The whole time I’m closing in on 30 years old and I still didn’t get a chance to fulfill my dream of being the artist on Spider-Man.”
That changed in 2002, when Sava met comic icon Marv Wolfman at a convention. Wolfman advised that to catch Marvel’s eyes, Sava should do something unique.
So, he took what he’d learned at his day job and created a 3-D animated shot of Spider-Man. Wolfman passed it on to his editor at Marvel, and not long after, Sava got the call he’d always wanted.
That year, he drew all four issues of the Greg Rucka-written series Spider-Man: Quality of Life, which was timed for release right as Tobey Maguire‘s first Spider-Man film swung into theaters.
After it was published, Sava found himself in a strange place. He’d fulfilled his lifelong dream. Now what?
“Join TikTok” probably isn’t the answer you were expecting. And it’s not quite accurate to say he went straight from Spider-Man to social media. Between his 2002 comic and getting on TikTok in 2020, Sava illustrated a number of children’s books, then founded his own production company, Blue Dream Studios, which was behind the 2017 animated film Animal Crackers featuring the likes of Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Danny DeVito, Ian McKellen, and Sylvester Stallone.
Animal Crackers may have come out in 2017, but it experienced a renaissance during the early COVID lockdowns, becoming Netflix‘s No. 1 animated film of the summer. Sava wanted to build on that momentum, but nobody was making movies, he said.
That’s where TikTok comes in.
Sava began sharing his art on the platform in 2020, and since then has amassed more than 800,000 followers. He expanded to YouTube in 2021, and is doing even better there, with 1.5 million subscribers and traffic surging to nearly 80 million views per month in December.
Check out our chat with him below.
Tubefilter: For somebody who’s reading this and maybe isn’t familiar with you or your work, can you give me a little bit of a bio or a background on you?
Scott Christian Sava Christian Sava: Yes. I’m assuming it’s okay to just ramble and you’ll pick and choose what you need, right?
Tubefilter: Yes, of course.
Scott Christian Sava: Okay. Fantastic. [laughs] Because I just turned 54, so there’s a little history.
Way back in the 1960s, I saw the old Spider-Man TV show, and instantly I just fell in love with Spider-Man and wanted to be the artist on Spider-Man. I did art in high school, and then I went to college, but there was no comic book majors in college. It was illustration, my major. It was a lot of figure drawing and learning about different paints and different techniques and design and everything else.
My junior year of college, I got an internship at Sega of America doing 16-bit games for the Genesis. That opened up a door to a whole other career. My focus was still, I wanted to be the artist on Spider-Man, but I graduated from college and got into video games. I worked for Atari Games for a while designing arcade games, and then went down to Los Angeles and was working for a comic book company called Malibu Comics doing Star Trek and Mortal Kombat covers at night while doing video games during the day.
They got bought out by Marvel Comics, and I went on to go get into animation for TV and film. My first job was working on the sequels to the Casper movies. Then that turned into Power Rangers, and now we’re into the ’90s, and I started my own company, which is Blue Dream Studios. The whole time I’m closing in on 30 years old and I still didn’t get a chance to fulfill my dream of being the artist on Spider-Man.
Every year since I was 15, I would go to the comic book convention and I would bring my portfolio and I would get rejected. It was at this point that one of the old masters, the comic gods, Marv Wolfman, who created Blade and Teen Titans and so many other things, he says, “Why don’t you take your day job–” because they just weren’t buying my illustrated Spider-Man stuff “–of animation and apply it to comics?”
I did like a 3-D animated Spider-Man, and Marv handed it over to the editor that year, and I got the call and I got to do Spider-Man. That was the fulfillment of my dream. The comic came out, it was a four-issue run, came out when the Toby Maguire first Spider-Man movie came out. From that point on, I was just like, “Okay, I fulfilled my childhood dreams. We could do it.”
Scott Christian Sava: At that point, my wife and I had kids. Twins, of course. I was getting offers to come do more projects from Marvel, and Marv said, “Don’t.” He says, “You did your thing. You got it out of your system. Don’t give them any of your ideas. Don’t give them any of your time. Create your own stuff. Create your own properties.” So I did. I started to write kid’s books for my boys, anything that’s interesting. Pirate, aliens, robots, secret agents, anything that sounded cool, I wrote books about.
Hollywood started auctioning them. Disney, Fox, MTV, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network. Just none of them got past the pilot stage or the script stage or something like that. It just always something would always happen. It was about…Gosh, I would say about 10 years ago I decided to just try it myself and to just make a movie myself. It took a few years, but in 2014, we got the funding to make our first animated film based on one of my books, called Animal Crackers.
My wife and I, we’re from Franklin, Tennessee, we partnered with my friend Jaime in Valencia, Spain. We made an animated film with John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Danny DeVito, Ian McKellen, Sylvester Stallone. For the next four years, we were making a movie. The film came out summer of 2020, right as the pandemic hit. It came out on Netflix and it became the number one animated film of the summer, quietly, because it was a pandemic.
That was when I just was like, “Okay, there’s a pandemic. I’m home. No one’s making movies right now, what do I do?” I joined TikTok and started trying to figure out how to post two-dimensional art on a video. I started to do time lapses and that didn’t do very well. I did a portrait of Santa Claus on TikTok. He’s got five million followers. He’s verified and everything.
We started messaging each other and became friends. Santa’s like, “The algorithm doesn’t want to see high lapses. They want to see you, they want to get to know you. People want to get to know you.” I said, “I am so shy. I’m an introvert. I don’t want to be in front of camera. I just don’t.” He encouraged me and convinced me. I started to put myself out there and start telling stories. It was the end of last year, beginning of this year, my friend Dan Povenmire, who created Phineas and Ferb. He had written one of the songs for our movie, and there’s a duet with Ian McKellen and Gilbert Gottfried, so you know we’re great.
He’s like, “You know what?” He goes, “Go over to YouTube because YouTube is really, really good place to go, and they pay well.” On February I joined up and it just exploded. TikTok was good, but I’d never met a community like what happened on YouTube. Even the tools to be able to look up who’s asking questions! “Hey, can you tell me a little bit about negative space?” “Oh, I did a video on that. Here you go.” What kind of bag are you using?” If there’s a video I can link it rather than telling people, “Oh, I made a video about six months ago, if you want to scroll through yourself.” I could actually interact really well with them and everything just changed.
Now, I’m making YouTube videos, and I’m in front of the camera, and it’s weird to see people drawing me. It’s weird to see my face. I’m just me. I don’t know. Is that too detailed?
Tubefilter: No, that was perfect.
Scott Christian Sava: It’s been just an amazing journey.
Tubefilter: I’m really curious, I’ve interviewed other artists for this column, and a lot of them have said the same thing that there’s something special about the art community on YouTube. Can you talk a little bit more about like, not necessarily shading your TikTok audience, but what did you find that was so warm about YouTube?
Scott Christian Sava: I found that YouTube is a place to learn. Tiktok is a place to entertain. Youtube is a place, and again, not that YouTube isn’t a place to entertain as well, but I found that, like my son and I, he turned 14, one of the smaller twins wanted to learn about cars. I don’t know, I used to buy cars [chuckles], but we were like, okay, so we bought an old 1967 Mercury Cougar, and we’d go to YouTube and we’d look up videos, how does the carburetor work? How does the muffler work? How do you change a tire? Things like that.
I think people forget that that’s where we go to learn stuff. If you don’t know how to bake this, you go to YouTube. It’s right there. When I got there, I realized that it’s really worth being even artist or anything but having people say, “How do you do this?” It’s such a mundane thing like, “How do you use a paintbrush? How do you draw with the ruler? How do you do?” Me being a Gen Xer, we didn’t have that. Anytime we’d ask her, “Hey, mom. How do you do that?” They’d go look it up in the encyclopedia or the dictionary, and none of us ever wanted to, we just figured it out ourselves.
At first, I got annoyed like, “Why are you asking such silly questions?” Then there’s people who would say, “Just Google it,” kind of thing. Then I realized, what if that was my kid asking that question? Would I be snarky about it? Would I ignore it? I go, no. I would want to just very calmly explain it to them. I think there was just a turning point when we moved over to YouTube that I just realized that these were artists or young artists or just people who wanted to get in to try art, who were asking general questions like, why would you get on someone’s channel and ask the question if you didn’t want to know?
Once you realized it wasn’t just being stupid like, why wouldn’t they ask the question? I mean, how much water is too much water with watercolor? Why would someone take the time to write that if they genuinely didn’t want to know? Once you realize that that was someone’s kid or even an adult, or even a senior who just wanted to take up watercolor, why wouldn’t you take the time to do that?
Once I found that compassion to just treat every question as genuine and not cynically, it just changed everything for me. It became just a place where everybody was welcome and you could ask any question. I grew up loving Mr. Rogers and just how he was so accepting of everybody, and so I just– You tried to change yourself to fit the person that you want to be, and this whole year has been kind of making me a better person through it, I guess is the best way to say it.
Tubefilter: I see where you’re coming from. That was actually one of my next questions was the fact that you make so much instructional and helpful content is really interesting to me and the fact that you’re willing to try. I remember seeing you did a series about the differences between gouache and watercolor. I feel like thing like that, it was really interesting to see your passion for teaching people.
Scott Christian Sava: Which is funny because I’m not a teacher. I was a horrible student [laughs]. Like, how do you mess up in art school? How do you get bad grades in art school? I mean, you’re an artist and you’re an art school. It’s really hard to screw it up. It’s just I don’t like people telling me what to do. I don’t like assignments. I don’t like…I could never pay attention in class. I was always and until the beginning of this year that I finally got tested and the diagnosis, autistic. I think they knew but it’s just they didn’t have that back in the ’70s. They didn’t test, so I was always just a horrible student.
I was always daydreaming. I could never focus. I have a hard time keeping eye contact in a conversation. It was just one of those things were to consider me a teacher is, I was going to say an insult. It’s not an insult. It’s insult to teachers because I have so much respect to teachers who they go to school for it, they train for it, they learn. They’re great with kids, especially kids with special need.
I’m one of the special needs bad students. I would never put myself at that level of a teacher. What I wrote down on a post-it that I keep next to my desk is encourage. That’s what I try to do. I’m not a teacher and I try always to say, “You can do it any way you want to. This is how I do it.” One thing I don’t like about art teachers or online teachers or whatever it is when they say, “This is how you should– ” I never like that because there’s no one way of doing anything, there’s not.
This is how I do it or this is a fun way of trying it but I think my kids will message me and they’ll say, “My teacher says I’m holding the pencil wall.” There’s no wrong way to hold the pencil but there’s a classical way, and so I feel like I’m always fighting with people’s art teachers and I don’t want to because they’re doing a job too and I’m sure they’re doing it. I always say, “I don’t know, maybe they’re trying to teach you this style.” Like, “My teacher says I can’t use a ruler.” Okay, well maybe that’s the assignment is try to draw this without a ruler, but drawing with a ruler, there’s nothing wrong with it. It’s encouraged but maybe that’s just the assignment.
I’m always trying to not make the art teacher the villain but I swear my art teacher ripped up my painting or my drawing. It’s like, “Why would anybody do that?” To me, I feel more like my job is to encourage people to make art not to teach them how. If a left comes with but I don’t have a curriculum and most of the time I’m just either answering questions or I just get an idea of, “Well, this might be fun.” I was walking through the grocery store and saw some crayons and I, “Okay. Well, it might be fun to play with crayons,” and I wound up reproducing Van Gogh self-portrait with it. That became a whole thing of like, I’m working in crayons and thought that I had a thought or a plan a bit. Lots of times it’s just freedom of consciousness.
Tubefilter: Got it. Okay, so not a teacher but I think you are an encouraging repository of art knowledge for people on YouTube. I feel like it’s an accurate way to put it.
Scott Christian Sava: Well, thank you. [laughs] It’s weird because my– People asked me. I’ve got to post it here. Color theory, kids asked me. He talked about color theory. I go, “I don’t remember it.” I took it in 1987 and I was a bad student, so I wasn’t paying attention. Obviously, some of this seeped into my head but I don’t remember anything about it, and so where the teacher would know where to research it, they would have a mind for how to break it down into a bite-sized stuff, but for me, if I was to do a video on color theory, it would literally be, “Here’s a video of me trying to research color theory,” and, “Oh, this is why they do this,” and I would put myself in the place of someone learning along with you. That’s what I try to do.
I think my best video, which did spectacularly, it’s something like oil pastels or acrylics or something. People want me to try stuff and I go, “Okay. Oh my God, this is horrible.” Even the brands, when brands send me stuff and I’m like, “I don’t like this.” They’re like, “We don’t mind. Go ahead and do bad stuff with it.” I guess there’s some entertainment value but I think there’s a human element to it of all artists aren’t good at everything but no one’s good at everything and it’s okay to be bad at something.
That’s I think what I try to get out of that too, is to just be as honest with everybody as well. This company partnered with me to make stickers and I could not peel those things off the sheet, and so that became the whole joke of the whole thing was, “I can’t peel these things off. Please buy them. They’re 799.” Good luck getting them off the machine.
Tubefilter: I think it’s nice for artists to see somebody who’s been in the profession for so long also struggle with something. I feel like it’s really helpful for people who feel like, “I’m just failing over and over and over. I’m not getting any better and I don’t know what to do.”
Scott Christian Sava: I think that’s what I hope that people get from my channel is that I’ve got, I understand. It’s always till your last day. It’s a learning process, and we’re always discovering, we’re always learning. I think that’s what I love about getting up and heading down to the hobbit hole is, I don’t know what I’m going to do today. Whenever I make a piece of art, I don’t know if it’s going to be good or bad, and so it’s you’re always surprised.
Except for when things go bad, why am I not surprised? You’re always surprised when it’s good. I think it’s there’s that fascination with creation that you get with art and I want people to appreciate where they are in their artistic journey because we’re all on an artistic journey. We’re in different places so when someone’s like, “I really don’t like what I’m doing, and I’ve been drawing for two years now,” and I say, “Well then, go in, look at your drawings for when you first started. Are you better than where you were?” “Yes.” “Okay. You then be happy with that.”
We’re always looking forward to where we want to be, and then we never look back and see how far we’ve come. I just try to get people to just say, where we are is better than where we were and tomorrow we’re going to be better, but you just can’t see it. It’s like trying to watch yourself grow physically. You can’t physically see it, but when you look back at old pictures, you’re like, “Oh my God, I can’t believe I was so short.” For me, I can’t believe I had hair, but it’s just one of those things where you have to take a moment and appreciate how far you’ve come. A lot of artists, young and old don’t do that. They’re always upset that they’re not as good as their idols. The people that they want to be like.
I get so caught up with jealousy of my contemporaries or the artists that I grew up wanting to be like, why can’t I draw like this or why can’t I do that? Even my wife yesterday was just saying, “I’m really proud of you and I’m so happy that this is the first year that you’ve really been able to be acknowledged for your artwork.” Usually, I’m working on a movie or I’m working on games, or I’m viewing this, or I’m writing a book, but I’ve always been an artist, but I’ve never made a career of it. This is the first year was actually been a career of just me making art.
She’s like, “I think you’re the greatest artist in the world.” We’re going to be married 30 years. God bless her. I was saying, “I don’t think I’m a great artist,” which no artist think that they’re a great artist, I said, but I think I’m a good storyteller. I may not be able to paint or draw as good as the artist that I wish I could, but I think I can tell a good story. I think that’s where my strength lies. That’s where in my maturity have found at least some solace in that is I’m never going to be as good as these people. I’m going to keep trying but I think this is one of my strengths. I think when you find the strength, that’s always an amazing thing. Hey, I’m really good at colors, I’m really good at composition, or something. That always feels great when you could find that one little thing that you can do better. I think I’m rambling.
Tubefilter: No, no, no. This is perfect. Again! When exactly did you start doing YouTube?
Scott Christian Sava: February 2022. Late February is when I joined. When you sign up for a Google account, you get a YouTube channel, but I would use it to post stuff for like if I would do a Kickstarter or something like that. There’s some old videos from six years ago or something like that. I think at some point last year, I probably started to post some of my TikTok videos onto YouTube without actually interacting with anything. It was December or January where I had that call with Dan and I decided to, like seriously.
You could see from end of February when I started to go live on YouTube, when I started to actively respond and interact with people, that’s when everything just changed. Dipping your toe into YouTube by taking TikTok videos and posting them on YouTube, it didn’t really count for me.
Tubefilter: It was the actual interaction with people.
Scott Christian Sava: There’s a community. There’s a community on TikTok, there’s a community on Instagram, there’s community on Twitter. When you decide, “Hey, I’m going to become a part of that community,” I think is when officially do it. Just because you blast stuff across all your socials doesn’t mean you’re part of those communities. It’s where you spend your time.
From June 2020 to the end of 2021, I was on TikTok. That was my community. When 2022 started, I decided to move it over to YouTube and I’m sure a few 100,000 of my subscribers on TikTok followed me. I stopped going live on TikTok and I started going live on YouTube. I stopped responding to all my comments because I try to either respond, or read at least every comment if I can. It’s hard when you’re getting three, four million view a day to try to keep up with all of that but I do my best and I think the subscribers– that’s why it feels more like a community.
Tubefilter: How have things changed for you in the past seven, eight months since you started building this community on YouTube? How have things shifted for you? Has your production process changed at all?
Scott Christian Sava: I think for the first time in my life, I feel like I’m not beholden to somebody else for my livelihood because when you work for a company, you have a boss, you have a company, you have your salary and everything. When you work on a film or for a book or whatever, or it’s freelance work, you have somebody who’s a client and whatnot, but for the first time in my life, I wake up and I decided what I want to do. I went out and I bought an old camera from the 1940s for $30 on eBay and I said, “I want to talk about this cool camera,” and people loved it.
I could talk about things. I want to go to the zoo. That’s a video. I want to play with crayon. I get to play with the things I like, and the people interact with that. Otherwise, they always love it, but they interact with it. YouTube has like– Again, I come from having worked on films. When you pitch a film, I told you that, like pet robots, my grandparents are secret agents, all of these books that I wrote for my kids would get auctioned at Disney or Fox or whatever.
There’s always agent, there’s executives, there’s lawyers, they hired a writer, they did this, and there’s all of these factors where everybody’s got to touch the product and then by the time it gets to the point of production, it’s nothing like the original thing that was bought, which is why none of them made it to production. I had to go and raise the money myself and make my own movie, because there’s too many gatekeepers in Hollywood.
YouTube is the largest studio in the world, and it has no gatekeepers. You can make whatever show you want and you can tell whatever story you want to, and the only thing that matters is, are you in any way engaging or interesting to the audience, and if so, more come and more come and more come. For me, it’s the coolest thing. I don’t have to appeal to what’s hot right now in Hollywood. Right now we’re looking for sharp movies kind of thing, or somebody reading your script and I don’t get it, or something like that. It’s pure creativity.
That’s what my year has been, is just that realization that– The coolest thing for any creative person, I get to do whatever I want to. I know usually I get to do whatever I want to. It can come across in a bad way, “I can do whatever I want to.”
Tubefilter: Well, given your comments earlier about not liking being told how to do art and told what to do, it makes sense.
Scott Christian Sava: Yes, exactly. I guess I get to express myself as honestly as possible. I don’t have to try to sell something to anybody. I can be myself as purely as possible, flaws and all. I tried this and it was horrible. You can’t do that with a client. If a client says, “Hey, I want you to paint this in acrylic,” then you go, “I’m sorry, it didn’t work out,” you don’t still get paid. If I do it on YouTube, I could say, “You know what, I’m just not good at this.”
I think it’s such an incredible thing, especially coming from Hollywood where everything is fake. Even if you look at the whole trend of how Instagram used to be, everything is fake. Everybody’s posting their best, the most perfect picture, retouch this, that, whatever, but for me, I get to show my worst. I get to show the goof-ups, the mistakes. I get to show the bloopers, and I get to show the humanity that you rarely get to see, and I love that.
I hear you saying how much has changed, but I think just that realization that for the first time in my life, at 54 years old, I get to be me.
It’s funny because I’m feeling more comfortable wearing noise-canceling headphones out in public and saying, “You know what, I need to go home now,” and being more attuned to my needs. Like I said, at the time, I was 53 years because I got diagnosed at the beginning of this year, but after 53 years of trying to just make it through because that’s what you’re supposed to do.
I remember just being in a loud restaurant, and I just couldn’t focus on what was being said because there was just so many noises coming from so many places, and just needing to get out, just go walk outside for a little bit, and people thinking that was rude. I think having the diagnosis gives me the ability to– I need this so much. I’m overwhelmed, and I could never say that for my entire life because I never knew to.
I’m so jealous of the younger generation who’s able to get that knowledge and apply that to their lives. They don’t have to go through the masking. They don’t have to go through trying to fit in and trying to– They can be their genuine selves. For me, for a little bit, I felt a little like I was faking it like, “Oh, now you’re just pretending to be autistic because now you got the diagnosis,” or “Now you’re going to start wearing your headphones. Now you’re going to start doing this.” I felt like, “Here’s your car. You’re now autistic. Go and do this, this, this, this, and this,” and it was like, “Oh, boy.”
For a while, I avoided it, and then after a while, I realized, “Why am I doing that?” I’ve always missed out on all of these years of knowing what’s wrong and knowing how to handle it.
There’s a bit of imposter syndrome when you realize it, and it takes a little bit. People ask me how I go out and paint like, “Aren’t you afraid people are going to come up and talk to you?” If I go and I paint outside and I say, “I would never have a problem with anybody talking to me,” but I do have the headphones on and I do keep my head down. I don’t ever make eye contact with people.
I think there’s always this, I want to say, unapproachability to me because I’m just this little hermit getting over to drawing with my headphones on. I made a video about it and I said, “This is what I do to get past the anxiety.” I said the first thing I do is I take a photograph of what I’m going to draw because I feel comfortable, I go back home and I go finish it at home, and don’t ever feel like that art is any less because you finished it at home.
Sometimes I’ll just do some quick lines, and I go, “Nope, don’t want to do this here,” and then I’ll go home and I’ll do it, and that’s it. Sometimes I’ll go all the way to the end, but very rare that I finish a whole painting in public because I just only have so much peopling that I could do.
Tubefilter: Understandable. I totally get it. I’m not autistic, but I have ADHD. I feel like there’s a lot of crossover. I also was diagnosed late, and so it’s the same feeling of like, “Man, I’ve got a specific amount of social interaction that I can handle.”
Scott Christian Sava: It’s very small. I could only handle so much of it.
Tubefilter: It actually surprised me at the beginning of our call when you said that you were shy. In your videos, you don’t come off shy at all.
Scott Christian Sava: There’s a video, if you want to look. I think you can just go to my videos, my Shorts, and look up “introvert or shy.” I found my first hip talk that I did when Santa convinced me to talk, and I was talking about how I was a paperboy. You could see compared to because I had just redone the video a year, year and a half later, and you could see the difference.
That was all practice and learning how to smile for the camera, how to like myself better, how to stand, how to act, essentially. The thing is, the person that you’re seeing now in front of the camera is how I am with me and my wife or the kids. That’s how I normally am. What you see in the old one is how I was when you put me in front of a camera or in social situations, is my head is down and I’m very quiet because I don’t like it.
As you know, normally you’re just a normal person if it’s just you and somebody that you love, somebody that you’re close to, but I equate being in front of the camera as being in social situation or being in a party or something is very uncomfortable, and so I kind of tend to shrink up and want to run away. I have been practicing now for a year or so to try to be better in front of the camera and I think obviously I’m–
Tubefilter: It’s working.
Scott Christian Sava: I’m no Stanley Tucci, but, yes
Tubefilter: You do look quite a bit like Stanley Tucci. I’m sure you’ve heard.
Scott Christian Sava: That’s what people tell me, and it’s funny because he’s an actor, and I don’t know if you’ve seen him go to Italy and he tries the different foods he’s got on his show. He is just so witty and so charming. My wife and I got invited to go teach a class in Venice, Italy this year and I had to warn the woman. I said, “I am not Stanley Tucci. I am not going to be charming people with tales.” I said, “I’m going to just sit there.”
The truth, we got there, there was seven people in the class, we would go and find a place and sit down, and I just start drawing. She’s like, “Don’t you want to teach something?” I was like, “No, but if anybody has a question, I’m happy to answer.” Then, it took a couple of days for people to start to come over, “Hey, how would you draw this?” I show them. Or, “I’m having a problem with painting. I’m having problem with–” That’s great but I didn’t have any plans, I’m not a storyteller. I’m not like that person who is the life of the party.
I had a great time but I don’t know if she is going to invite me back over again because I’m not that kind of person, but I think people like me, they look at people like the actors, and they go, those extroverts and you go, I don’t know how you do it and where that comes from. They’ve always got a story to tell, the voice, they always know what to say, when to say it, and they’re always the last ones, “Hey, let me help you clean up,” at the end of the party. I’m the first one to leave if I even show up. It’s just different people have different strengths. That’s where you see me practicing just trying to become better in front of camera.
Tubefilter: Well, it’s working. It’s definitely paying off.
Scott Christian Sava: Oh, thank you.
Tubefilter: Do you have plans to kind of keep doing this as your full-time thing? Do you still want to be in Hollywood and comics and working on these other projects?
Scott Christian Sava: That’s a great question because my wife is working on closing a 10-picture deal for our films.
Tubefilter: Wow, congratulations!
Scott Christian Sava: Oh, thank you. Well, nothing’s done until the money is in our account.
Tubefilter: Okay, well, knock on wood congratulations.
Scott Christian Sava: [laughs] Yes. My wife, Donna, she’s the producer of the family and she’s the extrovert, and she’s the one who manage all of the money and manage all of the schedules, and everything is always moving and I just got to be Mr. creative boy. She and I have been talking about this and going, “We built a community, we can’t just stop it, but it’s a 10-picture deal and it’s the communities which we love doing,” and so we actually trying to figure out how we need to do. We need to move out to California, Los Angeles so we could potentially have a team of people to handle the day-to-day stuff on the movie so I could just handle the workload stuff or you have people who maybe help me edit it right.
I write, I edit, I write voiceover edits, due to the music, everything for my videos, I do everything and maybe we have a team of people who helps me twice a day here, I’ll make some art today and then you guys right maybe are coming up with voiceover. Will that change in any way? Does my channel become, “Hey, travel with me. We’re going out to London to go hang out with doing this and I’m going to sketch.”
Does my channel become more of like a travel blog or just Scott Christian Sava blog? I don’t know. Right now, it is something that we’re talking about, but I don’t think we will ever get rid of the community and we don’t want in any way to betray the community and change it up in any way. I think the good thing is that over the last– This year, my channel has been more just about me and my art rather than my art channel is drawing tips.
It’s become more of, “Hey, I’m going to go to the zoo,” or, “Hey, I’m going to go to this,” or, “Hey, I want to talk about this camera,” and talk about film, or, “I got this car that I’m fixing up.” It’s become a little bit more about me, which makes me a little uncomfortable because I don’t like centered about me but I think because of that, I should be able to pivot of, “Hey, now I’m making a movie,” and I’m still going to be making art but we’re just adding more and more thing to it. That’s my hope would be at the worst of that. I’m still making art and I’m making movies. There’s just more stuff to talk about.
Tubefilter: Very cool.
Scott Christian Sava: It’s been such an amazing year that as crazy as it sounds, you almost don’t want the movie to happen because I’d love to see what a full year of doing this is. I’m just really looking forward to seeing what happens. I’m just really loving it.
Tubefilter: I can tell. It’s very clear, the passion that you have for your community and being able to express yourself and have this sort of self-directed window into your life, into your art. I can tell it’s very fulfilling for you.
Scott Christian Sava: It is. Thank you.
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