CALIFORNIA, KY - One college student is receiving international recognition for a video about his late grandparents.
After Douglas Gautraud entered his YouTube video in the My Rode Reel film contest by Rode Microphones, he earned about 400,000 views in a single day.
The 24-year-old Northern Kentucky University junior later won the People's Choice award in the competition. His film is currently approaching more than 1.5 million views on YouTube.
"I think it resonated the way it did because the fundamental lesson, 'It's better to give than receive,' came from Jesus," the California, Ky. resident said. "No matter what you believe... those are some of the most influential words in history. They can resonate even in a five-minute YouTube video."
The video, titled "My Mom's Motorcycle ," tells the story of Gautraud's late grandfathers, his attempt to be connected to them through buying and riding a motorcycle and his realization that his grandparents' legacy is more than the objects they left.
He used objects his grandfathers left behind in their offices and drawers to sketch a picture of each family member.
"I wanted people to know that my grandpa Roessler was a tinkerer and fixed things for himself," Gautrad said. "With my other grandpa, I wanted people to know that he cared about doing things well."
Gautraud said the film was relatable because many people like to feel proud of their older relatives.
"We love to love those who came before us," he said.
Gautraud had been writing the story for the film on-and-off for about a year and began filming when he heard about the competition.
He has already received requests to film short videos for businesses, charities and startups in his own style, Gautraud said.
"Some are just 'You make videos people like, I want you to do that for me,'" Gautraud said. "It's a good feeling."