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Quiet Dignity,” a team of BYU students of film and English majors, turned a hobby into a growing viral success.

Stephen Nelson, one of the senior members of the comedy groups, said the group’s namesake speaks to their LDS roots.

“We loved the name when it was proposed because of the implicit irony inherent in the name,” Nelson said. “Our brand of humor definitely doesn’t adhere to same variety of ‘quiet dignity’ taught in the MTC.”

Film students Josh Gibson, Nick Dickson, Mallory Everton and Stephen Nelson, along with English student Trent Linenbach, meet weekly to brainstorm ideas for upcoming videos.

“Whatever we laugh the most at becomes our next video,” Nelson said. “Whoever came up with the idea gets to direct.”

Worst Roommate Ever Ep.3,” a video from September, has more than 26,000 views. With a growing fan base, what started as a way to sharpen their skills may turn into a job opportunity for members of the group.

Recent history shows Hollywood studios take note of social media successes. According to newslite.tv, Mandate Studios offered YouTube filmmaker Federico Alvarez a $30 million contract to produce a longer version of his viral hit “Panic Attack,” a film he produced on a $500 budget. The offer also included a chance to work with “Spider-Man” director Sam Raimi.

However, there is a change that if interest in social media-distributed films continues to increase, students in Quiet Dignity may be able to generate revenue without a studio invite.

Matt Koval, a filmmaker from Hyattville, Md., actually left the film industry to produce films using YouTube as his platform of distribution.

“I spent my teen-age years making short films and showing them to friends and family,” Koval told his YouTube viewers. “To me, film-making was very simple. You’d create something and show an audience.”

However, after he moved to Los Angeles, Koval found the process of distributing Hollywood films to an audience was much more complicated.

“The old Hollywood system frustrated me,” Koval said. “All I wanted to do was make films and show people.”

Koval began producing and distributing short movies through YouTube, where he gained popularity. Currently he has 130,000 subscribers.

If  Quiet Dignity follows a similar path, they may get to skip the Hollywood scene altogether. But they say it isn’t really a concern for them right now.

“Making people laugh and learning more about how to make films is all we really care about at this point in our careers,” Nelson said.

For more information on Quiet Dignity, students can visit youtube.com/user/WeAreQuietDignity.

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