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By Ray Pride

Great Scots! YouTube, pancakes and two grand

A Scottish film student gets a kinda-sorta lucrative deal with Time Warner after posting film-student style stop-motion shorts to YouTube reports the Scotsman’s Eben Harrell. Twenty-four-year-old James Provan “is set to earn thousands after being spotted and signed by the media giant YouTubeStarLuck_235.jpgTime Warner. [His] latest YouTube hit, The Garden [pictured]—filmed at his parents’ house in Aberdeen—is already being used as [part of] an advert for a Time Warner internet service in the United States [for which he was paid £2,000]… Provan’s ‘distinct, idiosyncratic style’ [seen for decades in student work and in no-budget music videos] —which blends his original music with the same stop-animation technique used for Wallace and Gromit—has made him one of the most popular film-makers in cyberspace. He first shot to fame last year when his Pancakes!… became one of the most popular videos on the internet. It was featured on news programmes across the world and viewed by some 1.5m people.” in The Garden‘s “climax, Provan pushes his friend along the ground as if he were a lawnmower.” The most blood-curdling sentences of the dispatch? “The synthesised, toe-tapping music accompanying Provan’s videos give them a feel-good quality that is perfect for the open-access medium of YouTube, [unidentified] media commentators said… “I don’t have any training as a film-maker. The first time I used a video editor was in June, so I’ve been learning as I go along. I’d like to be a film-maker. I love making my videos and I think that’s where my talent lies.” Provan’s oeuvre is here.

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