Aaron Yonda and Matt Sloan
Photo by Pete Olsen, courtesy of The Isthmus
Matt Sloan and Aaron Yonda are best known for their video series Chad Vader, a viral internet sensation. Their videos collectively have received well over 110 million views on their YouTube channels (BlameSocietyFilms and BlameSociety2), Hulu, and other web sites. Chad Vader has won over a dozen film festival awards, including the "George Lucas Selects" award from the 2007 Star Wars Fan Movie Challenge. The series has been written about in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, TV Week Magazine, Chicago Sun Times, Washington Post and The Metro (UK), among others. It was featured on VH-1, ABC's Good Morning America, BBC News online, G4 Tech TV and Spike TV.
Matt and Aaron have been Keynote Speakers at a number of events including The Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop, and BlogWorld New Media Expo (twice). They have also appeared on panels at Comic Con, The Writer's Guild, Dragon Con, Fan Expo Toronto, and more.
Commercially they have produced branded comedy films for Google, NBC’s Community, BBC America, Trident, Jarritos, and International Trucking. They have worked professionally with Dan Harmon (Community) and Rob Schrab (The Sarah Silverman Programme), Mike Nelson and Kevin Murphy (Mystery Science Theater 3000, Rifftrax). They have had two half hour comedy pilots screened at the New York Television Festival (The Splu Urtaf Show and TV Snack Pouch), with many of their pieces appearing at film festivals and conventions across the United States and internationally. Yonda and Sloan have been co-creating films as Blame Society Productions since 2001.
Matt Sloan was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. For most of the 1990s his main focus was creative writing, theatre, improv and live sketch comedy. In 2000, he moved to Madison and developed an interest in filmmaking. He is the co-creator of Chad Vader and Co-owner of Blame Society Films. Matt is the voice of Darth Vader in Lucas Arts' video games, "The Force Unleashed", The Force Unleashed II", "Star Wars Kinect" and others. He currently hosts the web series "Welcome To The Basement" -- a movie chat show -- with Craig Johnson (Chad Vader's Weird Jimmy).
Matt continues to be active onstage, performing improv with The Monkey Business Institute and writing and performing with the Are We Delicious Ensemble.
Along with successfully co-creating the Chad Vader: Day Shift Manager series (over 100 million views online), Aaron recently created a gaming channel on Youtube called GameSocietyFilms that has racked up over 1.5 million views in less than 9 months. Aaron has successfully created four Kickstarter campaigns and raised over $12,000 for projects. He also manages a group of fan pages on Facebook and Twitter (Chad Vader, Hal Thompson, Beer and Board Games, etc.) that have a combined reach into the hundreds of thousands. Currently he is part of an improvised show called IRPMUS - Improvised Role-Playing Mash-Up Show.