A young YouTube video blogger is making waves with his parodies of local movies, writes Rozana Sani
ARE you feeling bored and need a quick pick-me-up? Go to YouTube and look up Iman Syippo. His parodies of local movies and humorous videos will tickle you.
Simple in technique and storytelling, Iman Syippo’s videos deliver a fresh perspective and always with a twist at the end. All the characters speak a Kedahan dialect, giving the videos a quaint feel. Just ask the half a million people who watched the popular Ong-Bak Rindu clip, a parody of the Aaron Aziz and Maya Karin hit movie, Ombak Rindu.
In the video, Iman Syippo, otherwise known as Muhd Nur Iman Abdul Jamal, plays both the actor and actress but with his own script. He shot the video himself with help from his brother and edited it.
An achievement indeed for a boy who is barely 15 and who learned to make videos using a point-and-shoot camera and Windows Moviemaker software 1½ years ago. Inspired by famous parody vloggers like Higaniga and fellow Malaysian Anwar Hadi, Iman is fast becoming one of the names to watch in the local YouTube scene with his own YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/user/starwars6751) that has garnered 1,982 subscribers and 907,290 views.
The winner of Astro Top Online Over-Achiever Under 15 title at the recent DiGi WWWOW awards — and Internet For All awards programme created with the aim of showcasing the creativity of ordinary Malaysians using the Internet in extraordinary ways — is unassuming and quiet in the flesh as opposed to his hilarious video clips.
The son of a Program Latihan Khidmat Negara trainer and a home-based tailor, Iman is the youngest of seven siblings. By day, he attends SMK Bakar Arang in Sungai Petani, Kedah. By night, he turns into an aspiring producer-cum-moviemaker.
“I have uploaded some 22 videos so far. But I don’t schedule the releases. When the inspiration hits me, I sit in my room and write a script and a simple storyboard, which usually takes about half an hour,” he says.
Shooting the video usually involves his neighbourhood friends in a quiet single-storey housing estate in Bakar Arang. They take turns at handling the camera. Locations are restricted to the housing area and props include their fixie bikes and whatever that comes in handy.
“I do the editing at night. The longest was for the Ong-Bak Rindu clip,” says Iman, adding that he only does the editing when he has finished his schoolwork. His clips come complete with opening credits, text inputs, sound and closing credits.
“My clips often revolve around current issues... That’s how they go viral,” he says.
Iman also has a presence on Facebook and Twitter. His Facebook account has the maximum number of friends so he has opened a Facebook Page: Syippo Productions.
Asked whether he would like to be part of the local movie industry one day, Iman shrugs and gives a sheepish smile.
“I’d like to be a lecturer of Malay Literature,” he says, adding that he likes to read Lawak Kampus and other under-18 comics.
Iman has released a video titled Puasa Original for Ramadan and just released Raya Terakhir in conjunction with Syawal.
“I enjoy what I do and it’s a plus that people like my work.”