29th November 2013, 9:47am
The Hunger Games producer inspired by YouTube 'kid'
Jack Howard graduated from Lincoln in September 2013 The producer of ‘The Hunger Games’, Jon Kilik, has worked with an extraordinary cast of Hollywood greats, including Donald Sutherland, Jennifer Lawrence and Woody Harrelson; but when speaking at a global filmaker conference in New York, he claimed it was a “kid” from Lincoln, England, who inspired him “a little bit”.

The relatively unknown ‘kid’ is Jack Howard, a recent graduate of the University of Lincoln, who at only 21 has already made a global name for himself on YouTube as a comedian, producer and filmmaker. He has 140,000 subscribers and nearly 4 million views.

Kilik, launching his key-note speech to luminaries of the global movie industry, started with a short YouTube video by Jack asking ‘is film dying?’ The video talks about 3D replacing creativity in the movie industry, the increase in sequels and the rise of YouTube.  

“I think there were more sequels coming out last year than there ever has been, which is a problem,”  says Jack, “however, as long they’re helmed by talented people, creative people, people who want to make good stuff; then it doesn’t really matter. We’re going to get something original, even if it’s attached to something we’ve already seen before.”

Jon Kilik’s lecture at the IFP’s Independent Film Week – an annual event bringing together the international film community to celebrate, advocate and introduce new voices on the scene – holds Jack up as an example to the industry.

Jack studied on the University of Lincoln’s Media Production degree as did Tom ‘Tomska’ Ridgewell, who has 2.5 million subscribers and 443 million views worldwide. Together, the duo has created a new four part mini-series, 'Project: Library', which premiered on YouTube last month.

To find out more about Jack Howard and to view his productions, visit: http://www.youtube.com/user/JackHoward. Jon Kilik’s address, featuring Jack, can also be viewed via: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpyRD04WOU8.
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