Scott Winn talks flying cats, twerking stormtroopers, and craziness in between [interview]

Flying kittens in little capes. A live-action fruit ninja. Epic Slip ‘N Slides. Twerking Stormtroopers. If you’re into any of the things I listed above, then it’s time you got acquainted with Scott Winn

Scott, who is relatively fresh to the YouTube game (his first video, the flying kittens one, was published in September of 2012) has an eye for picking out things that are pretty much universally appealing to people, and then taking those concepts and putting his own twist on them to make some seriously hilarious and eye-catching videos. Not to mention he’s a pretty awesome song-writer as well. Yes, that’s his music in the background of the videos, and yes, it’s really good.

His newest venture, a follow-up to his incredibly popular twerking Stormtroopers video, finds the same crew of Stormtroopers in their own episode of MTV’s Cribs, and features a bunch of other familiar faces from the world of Star Wars… In other words, it might just be the best video you’ll ever see on YouTube:

NMR recently caught up with Scott for an interview to find out what exactly makes this guy such a boss when it comes to video-making… and we even got him to reveal some pretty exciting news about what he’s got coming up next…

How would you describe your channel to a person who has never seen one of your videos before?

I make epic, comedic, musical masterpieces. Something like that. I love to take pop culture and put a cinematic and comedic twist on it. 

What made you want to get into the YouTube game in the first place?

I kind of fell into it by accident. I was really blown away by YouTube and viral videos in general. My friend and film school buddy Devin Graham started doing it and finding success, so that also peaked a bit of an interest. But really I made my first video, the Flying Cats, as an experiment. I wanted to see if I could make something that people wanted to watch. When it worked I was honestly surprised. People started asking for more content, so I went with it!

Your first video was of tiny kittens in capes flying through the air to dubstep music. What’s the story behind that?

I started researching the type of content that was going viral online. Everything I found led me to Cats and Dubstep. So I figured I should make a blend of the two as an experiment!

It seems like you’ve done pretty well for yourself on YouTube… Is there some sort of magical formula behind your success?

I definitely don’t think so. I think the key has been to make as much stuff as possible and cross my fingers that people watch and share it. I’ve tried hard to follow trends and figure out what the kids out there are watching, and then I add my own spin and original flare to it. 

How did you come up with the Stormtrooper Secrets: Hip Hop Twerk video?  And what made you think to put them in their own episode of “Cribs”?

The Stormtrooper Twerk video was kind of a bizarre revelation. I was ranting about the type of content that was going viral on YouTube and I blurted out, “It’s almost like I need to make a Stormtrooper Slip n Slide to get any attention.” And that’s when I realized that I was on to something amazing. So I came up with a whole bunch of random and crazy ideas that involved Stormtroopers. I’m super passionate about writing original music and I also really wanted to make an epic dance video. It was a perfect fit for the Stormtroopers, so I decided to make it happen. Cribs was also just another idea, kind of inspired my growing up of watching Cribs every day after school. 

Tell us… where exactly does one find a full-scale Jabba the Hutt?

Now that’s a hard thing to find…until you meet Troy Larson, an incredible artist who specializes in Star Wars character recreation. He custom made the Jabba the Hutt just for this shoot. He worked everyday all day for about 3 weeks to make it happen. In fact I talk a little bit about him and his work in the Behind the Scenes! 

Any plans for a video with Stormtroopers AND flying kittens?

It’s really funny you ask because YES. There are actually is. I kind of hint at it with the photo of the Stormtrooper and his cat in the Cribs episode, but there is something very epic in the works!

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