Day 121: Behind the Scenes

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April 30, 2012 by Alex Hoekstra

YouTube did an amazing thing, and while it might not have been the first, it has certainly been the most widely-used – the one with the most contributors, the biggest audiences, and ultimately, the biggest cultural impact.  YouTube let us all become filmmakers.  That’s not to say that we’re all interested in making movies – at least not purely in the genre of entertainment.  It let us capture our worlds and our selves through the lens, and then to share what we see, what we say, what we think, how we feel and everything in between with everyone else online.  It virtually opened the world up to become the stage it was long fabled to be, and millions flocked to it both as actors and audiences.  We’re got more moviestars now than ever before and today’s project is going behind the scenes of what might already be the most intimate moments caught on camera that the world has ever had the opportunity to see.

“Please Subscribe” is a documentary about YouTubers – an elite group of regular people who have made the video stream a way of life (and sometimes a way to make a living). 

The idea was to share the other side these people’s lives and show you HOW they make their videos, where they came from, how they got started, blah blah blah.  In a way, it’s like taking you on an adventure to SEE how they shoot their videos, and live their lives when the camera turns off.

It’s amazing to think how YouTube has generated a new class of celebrity.  People who began their journey with intimate, personal video journals turned outward for the world to reflect on and contribute to now find themselves thriving on the feedback, returning day in and day out to record and share what they think is meaningful.  It’s amazing to think that what began with intimacy might also have led to role-playing (which, by nature, may be no less genuine, but only perhaps more structured), and that life off-camera might deserve documentation of its own.  YouTube can be a window into the lives of millions of people from around the world, but for those who make it a cornerstone in their lives, the meta-analysis of screen-based lives off-screen will reveal a lot we might never see.  So let’s have a look at the new generation of moviestars – without classical training or a team of agents, assistants and make-up artists; people who make YouTube a part of their lives, and bring life to YouTube.  “Please Subscribe” has only three days left (May 3), so head over to Kickstarter and get your pledge in to become part of this meta-mentary before time runs out.


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