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‘I Ship It’ tackles the fictional romantic entanglements of Wizard Rock in a new short film
Harry Potter fandom is front and center in new coming-of-age short film.
Sometimes admitting you ship isn’t as easy as you imagine, as we find out in a new, coming-of-age short that focuses on the world of breaking up and moving on in the digital age.
I Ship It is the brainchild of Yulin Kuang, who tackles the tumultuous world of Wizard Rockers, vloggers, and other digitally savvy folks in her short film, following two friends who’ve both recently been dumped. The film shows how they deal with those breakups by creating emotional songs inspired by their own lives and the world of Harry Potter, and how they become closer in the process until they might just, well, ship it. The film stars shippable digital celebrities, too. Zoe is played by Mary Kate Wiles of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries fame, her despicable ex is Joey Richter of StarKid Productions, and her new potential love interest is Sam Persuad of A Tale To Tell Vlog.
The world of Wizard Rock, or wrock, is no stranger to relationship drama, with many of the YouTubers accused of sexual misconduct in the past year involved in that music scene. Our villain here is just a general jerk, thankfully.
The film premiered on YouTube as part of the New Form Digital Incubator series aimed to help new filmmakers break out in the digital space. Kuang used the YouTube medium to create an immersive and extended experience for her short, including full music videos of sections seen in the film, as well as an alternate ending for fans demanding a little more oomph. More films from the series will also premiere on YouTube.
Screengrab via YouTube
A former YouTube reporter for the Daily Dot, Rae Votta has more than a decade of experience in the digital and entertainment industries. Her work has appeared on AOL, Huffington Post, Out Magazine, Logo, VH1, Current TV, Billboard, and NYMag. She joined Netflix in 2016.