This is another continuation post from What Motivates Me and it could be a long one. In that post I spoke about the motivations that others influence on me with their own work, ethic and personality. I want to write about them a bit more indepth and why they’re my favourite. Here’s some of my favourite content creators Continue reading
Bit more of a wordy one today – talking about what motivates and inspires me to create from photography to video and general life here’s what keeps me ticking along on this creative hobby of mine. Continue reading
Over the last 18months I’ve been contemplating vlogging but due to a 9-5 office job and responsibilities I just haven’t got round to starting, it’s another “WANT TO DO” mixed in with the pile of “NEED TO DO”. I still want to start and am hopefully gearing up to start sooner rather than later, I have maybe 20 practise vlogs sitting on my hard-drive that will never see the light of day. Continue reading
As we all have a blank start line when we begin our foray into videography, photography, drawing or anything creative we always look at the things that inspire us and motivated us to begin creating in the first place. We start making similar content to the ones we aspire to be before we can find our own style. BUT we NEED to find our own style, our own ways of doing things but using our peers to inspire our choices. Continue reading
Yesterday DJI formally announced their new Spark series, the smallest drone they’ve ever built. To put it into comparison with the wings out the Spark isn’t much bigger than an iPhone 5S and looks about half the size as it’s “bigger” brother the Mavic. Continue reading
Being someone who is still new to the world of videography but with always having a passion for filming I wanted to improve my knowledge and shooting abilities, how to compose frames better, using lighting to help the scene, technical aspects such as frame rates and grading I started to learn the process of improving from recording video to actually thinking about filming. There is a difference, the same as everyone can take a photograph you need to understand the components to produce a good photograph or that everyone can write but you need to understand the nuances of language and plot points to write a good story. Continue reading
Casey is a film maker from New York City who first came to prominence with his 2003 video IPODS DIRTY SECRET gathering a massive 6million views in pre Youtube days it relied on word of mouth and email chaining. Following he got his own HBO show The Neistat Brothers which ran for one season then decided to follow his film making in the online space as it gave him more creative control and audience interaction. After several viral hits, in 2015 he started a personal daily vlog and his figures exploded, within 18months he has shot up from 500,000 subscribers to 4.1million subscribers as of today. You can find him HERE
Casey inspires me in his sheer hard work ethic, his daily vlog is one of the most professional looking pieces of daily content I have seen, from drone shots to timelapse and edited to near perfection, he stated on a recent podcast that his fastest edit session is 4hrs and longest is 11hrs. For the high production values his vlog still has a personality and style which only comes from 10years of being in the filmmaking business and has certainly set a new bar in the vlogging space. There is an excellent TheNerdWriter video that explains alot of the techniques in a better way than I can here. You can find that video HERE
A firm believer in story is king, Casey has stated several times that regardless of the gear and price of the gear you own doesn’t make you a film maker, the under riding story makes you a film maker. Each vlog has mini story following his day as opposed to other vlogs that can be an incoherent mess or a showcase for the youtubers extravagance.
“Truth is so much more interesting than the fiction we’re used to.” – Casey Neistat
Using a twist on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, Casey created his own Creation Heirarchy which inspires him. Within it it states 3 steps of creativity
2) Creations that inspire others
3) Create a tool that empowers others to create
With this as a driving force Neistat along with ex-Tumbler head Matt Hackett created the social video app BEME which is an application that blocks out the users display so to allow them to share their world without the filter and editing allowed with other mediums. Effectively Neistat has ticked off everything on his own heirarchy, he creates his daily videos, creations that inspire others to becoming filmmakers and I am writing this article from his inspiration to me and created BEME as a tool to allow others to make and share their own videos.
I’d like to end this post by saying the world could use a lot more individuals with the mindset of Casey Neistat. To me he seems like one of the most friendly, most driven and hardworking invidiuals you could care to meet and with his video making he is sharing and inspiring others to be the same. And in today’s global climate we could all take a lesson from Mr Neistat.
This is a post that I have really enjoyed writing as people who inspire me are very important and will add more to this series in the future.
I’d love to hear who inspires who and also if you’re subscribed to Casey?