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BornGregory Austin McConnel
(1990-02-15) February 15, 1990 (age 34)
  • YouTube personality
  • Filmmaker
  • Writer
YouTube information
Years active2012–present
Subscribers1.28 million[1]
Total views139.6 million[1]
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Gregory Austin McConnell (born February 15, 1990)[2] is an American filmmaker and YouTuber.[3] He started his career producing indie films but is best known for producing videos on his YouTube channel. He produces videos on various topics including popular culture, filmmaking, his personal experiences and other general interest subjects. As of April 2021, his channel has 1.28 million subscribers and 139.6 million channel views.[4] In 2018 he was nominated for a Shorty Award.[5]

Early work

His early filmmaking first gained recognition at SATO 48, where he has received over a dozen awards for his short films.[6]

In 2010, McConnell went on to become the creative lead and director of LG15: Outbreak, a web series part of the lonelygirl15 franchise. McConnell won the commission for the series after producing a series of videos criticising the show, figuring he could "do a better job".[7]

Sprouting Orchids

In 2014, McConnell released his first full-length film, titled Sprouting Orchids. The sci-fi movie follows the story of a young man and woman recovering from separate tragedies while "unseen forces in the universe work to bring them together for a purpose far greater than themselves," according to the film's IMDB summary.[8] Sprouting Orchids was screened at film festivals and briefly selected cinemas in Germany.[9] McConnell later talked about his experiences working on the film in a YouTube video, released in October of 2017.[10]

YouTube career

McConnell produces videos in a wide range of genres from film analysis, educational videos, digital storytelling and video essays. In a 2019 interview, McConnell said he uses his channel to "tell stories or talk about things I find interesting" and would dislike it "being pigeon-holed into a particular genre".[11] As of April 2021, his channel's total view count of its public videos is 135.7 million.[4]

McConnell created his YouTube Channel in June 2007, and for the first several years he mainly uploaded his short films. McConnell says his first video to reach a widespread audience was his analysis of the book Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in 2016 and credits it to the early growth of his channel.[11]

In June 2016, McConnell released a video promoting the idea that the ink cartridge industry is a "scam", explaining various techniques that printer companies use in order to make profits, which received widespread media attention.[12][13][14][15][16][17] In November 2017, McConnell released a short video going over a 1940's Monopoly (game)|Monopoly board made during World War II, and how its material components were impacted by the war at the time.[18]

In January 2018, McConnell released a short video talking about how the English alphabet at one point had 10 letters that have fallen out of use.[19] In April of that year, he released a video advocating for Diverging diamond interchange|diverging diamonds and asking for people to use their Automotive lighting|turn signals.[20] In November, after reading the book Creativity Inc., McConnell released a video explaining the story about how an employee of the American movie studio Pixar accidentally deleted the digital assets of their then-upcoming movie, Toy Story 2.[21] Later that year, he was nominated for the "Best Breakout YouTuber" category by the Shorty Awards.[22][5]

He has an ongoing series, Really Weird Star Wars, where he goes over lesser-known parts of the Star Wars franchise.[23] He also has an ongoing series, produced around every 6 months, that tries to feature interesting channels with under 1,000 subscribers.[11]


Title Year Role Ref.
LG15: Outbreak 2010 Web series

Creator, writer, director, executive producer, actor

Sprouting Orchids 2014 Director, writer, producer, actor, editor, digital effects, sound editor [8]
Voicemails From Strangers 2019 Documentary

Director, producer, editor, himself



  • Fallen Angel: Book 1 - Welcome to Munich (October 2009)[26]
  • Today is Spaceship Day (May 2019)[27]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "About AustinMcConnell". YouTube.
  2. McConnell, Austin (2019-02-15). "365 to 30. Let's do it". Retrieved 2021-04-20 – via Twitter.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. "Gregory Austin McConnell". Ragan Training. Retrieved 2021-04-21.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "About" channel page tab of Austin McConnell's YouTube channel
  5. 5.0 5.1 Dino-Ray Ramos (January 16, 2018). "Shorty Awards Nominees: Tiffany Haddish, Lena Waithe Among Those Recognized For Social Media Excellence". Deadline Hollywood.
  6. "Letters from Blocked Filmmakers: Gregory Austin McConnell". Filmmaker (magazine). June 4, 2013. {{cite web}}: Text "Filmmaker" ignored (help)
  7. Liz Shannon Miller (January 26, 2010). "Outbreak Adds Some Flare to the LG15 Universe". Gigaom.
  8. 8.0 8.1 McConnell, Gregory Austin (2014-01-31), Sprouting Orchids (Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi), Kyle A. Hammonds, Jessie Bowers, Andrea Cappuzzo, Jane Frost, retrieved 2021-04-20
  9. Sprouting Orchids -
  10. Morris, Lee (2018-01-10). "Thinking About Filming a Movie? Watch This First". Fstoppers. Retrieved 2021-04-20.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 "YouTuber Q&A: Austin McConnell on online success, video variety, and sharing the spotlight". Vodafone UK News Centre. Vodafone. February 15, 2019.
  12. Haysom, Sam (2018-03-16). "This video claiming ink cartridges are a scam is going massively viral". Mashable. Retrieved 2021-04-20.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. Rodríguez, Eva (2018-03-19). "Este vídeo viral demuestra la oscura verdad detrás de los caros cartuchos de tinta" [This viral video demonstrates the dark truth behind ink cartridges]. Urban Tecno (in español). Retrieved 2021-04-21.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. Pardo, Lisandra (2018-03-16). "El fraude de los cartuchos de tinta: Una máquina de "imprimir" dinero" [The Ink Cartridge Fraud: A Money "Printing" Machine]. NeoTeo (in español). Retrieved 2021-04-21.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  15. "Sú atramentové tonery podvod a peňazovod pre výrobcov?" [Are Ink Cartridges a Scam and a Cash Line for Manufacturers?]. (in slovenčina). 2018-03-17. Retrieved 2021-04-21.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  16. "Große Abzocke? Warum Druckerpatronen so viel kosten" [Big ripoff? Why printer cartridges cost so much]. TECHBOOK (in Deutsch). 2020-05-06. Retrieved 2021-04-21.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  17. Pagno, Taísa (2019-01-07). "O verdadeiro ouro negro: tinta de impressora é 7.800 vezes mais cara que petróleo". ZAP (in português). Retrieved 2021-04-21.
  18. Sinclair, Carla (2017-11-02). "Take a look at a 1940s Monopoly War Time edition made at height of WWII". Boing Boing. Retrieved 2021-04-21.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  19. "Watch: Did you know there were originally ten more letters in the English alphabet?". 2018-01-29. Retrieved 2021-04-20.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  20. Crum, Brooke (2018-04-06). "Springfield YouTuber advocates for diverging diamonds, turn signals in new video". Springfield News-Leader. Retrieved 2021-04-20.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  21. Andrew Paul (March 11, 2021). "Toy Story 4 Easter egg refers to typo that nearly wiped Toy Story 2 from existence". The A.V. Club.
  22. "Austin McConnell - The Shorty Awards". Shorty Awards. Retrieved 2021-04-20.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  23. "Star Wars, un video racconta i film perduti sugli Ewok" [Star Wars, a video tells about the lost films about the Ewoks]. Wired (in italiano). 2017-07-05. Retrieved 2021-04-21.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  24. Vincent Terrace (November 26, 2014). Internet Drama and Mystery Television Series, 1996-2014. McFarland. p. 132. ISBN 978-1-4766-1930-9.
  25. "Voicemails from Strangers – Review". FilmBunker. October 13, 2019.
  26. Fallen Angels: Book 1 - Welcome to Munich - Google Books
  27. "Today is Spaceship Day by Gregory Austin McConnell". Blurb. Retrieved April 3, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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