Gute Tipps für Filmemacher von Casey Neistat

Casey Neistat, YouTuber:

„I wanna to explain to you the audience exactly how I make my vlogs.“

„I think what fascinated me the most about the whole genre was the idea of using your life as a narrative for a daily series.“

„Before I started vlogging, vlogging was typically individuals carrying around like point-and-shoot cameras. They were sort of documenting their day into a camera. […] And it was pretty linear. Day begins here, day ends there. Come with me throughout my day.“

„I went to Belgium in 2015 […] and I wanted to test one thing: What would happen if I sort of ‚vlogged‘ about my trip but instead of talking into a camera I use really precise cinematography?“

„I wanted to figure out [how] to make something that felt a lot more like a movie every day.“

„Here are the foundational principals that I apply to almost every episode of this daily vlog.“

Casey Neistat über Storytelling:

„[T]he most important thing is, of course, the story. But what is a story? Here is a super basic breakdown of a story. And every story follows this rule. That is the rule of a three-act narrative. You’ve got a beginning, you’ve got a middle, you’ve got an end. Setup. Conflict. Resolution.“

„My all time favorite episode that I’ve ever made of this vlog, which is called ‚MY ALL TIME GREATEST!!!‘ is such a literal example of setup, conflict, resolution.“

„There’s a setup, ‚Here’s what happened …“ There’s a conflict, ‚Oh my god! What’s the outcome gonna be?‘ And then there is a resolution, ‚Happy ending!'“

„That’s not always so literal in every episode but I strive for that in every episode because that is what’s at the core of a well told story. And a story is what drives any video like this.“

„And that […] was sort of the […] deal I made with myself. […] Could I find every day in my life a three-act narrative to share?“

Casey Neistat über Bildgestaltung (Teil 1):

„What I try to do is have an equal amount of handheld, locked-off shots – ‚locked-off‘ means on a tripod […] – and then establishing shots.“

„The wide shots, those establishing shots let you know where I am, so it feels more like that you’re here with me.“

„These locked-off shots let you the viewer forget about the camera for a second and focus on what I’m saying and the environment that I’m in.“

„And then the handheld shots […] enable you to sort of feel the spontaneity and the urgency that is whatever is taking place in my daily life.“

Casey Neistat über Bildgestaltung (Teil 2):

„Hold the f’n camera steady. No one wants to watch super shaky cinematography. It hurts your brain, it’s hard to see what’s going on. It’s not pleasurable for you the viewer and it’s not easy for me the editor to put it together. If it’s super shaky, if it’s non-sensical, it goes right in the trash.“

„No one gives a s’t about your stupid timelapses, your stupid drone shots. […] That kind of cinematography only works if it’s serving a greater purpose.“

Casey Neistat benutzt Drohnenaufnahmen und Zeitraffer als Übergang von einer Szene zur nächsten:

„Sometimes, I’m outside, wrapping up a scene or I’m doing something on my skateboard. The next scene I’m in my studio doing something completely different. And in between there might be a beautiful drone shot of the city or it might be a beautiful timelapse of the city. I’m using it to get me from one scene or one aspect of the story to the next. As that it is an incredible effective tool.“

Und er greift auch auf Drohnenaufnahmen zurück, wenn er Ort und Zeit des Geschehens bildlich in einen größeren Zusammenhang setzen möchte:

„The other place where it works is to show the audience a broader […] image of where you are and what’s taking place in time. Drones in particular are great for that. [But] if that kind of ambitious, beautiful cinematography doesn’t have a relationship with the narrative – even if it’s just a little relationship –, it feels out of place and gets boring very, very fast.“

Casey Neistat über Equipment und speziell die Wahl der richtigen Videokamera:

„I have a simple rule for when it comes to hardware and that is always use the very best camera that you have at your disposal.“

„I’m not beholden to any certain kind of hardware or any certain quality of hardware, it’s what I have access to.“

Casey Neistat’s Appell an alle Filmemacher und die, die es werden wollen:

„Probably the most important thing to succeeding whether it’s in the vlog game, the YouTube game or the creative space at all is this: you have to have your own thing.“

„If you follow this video perfectly and you make the most perfect Casey-vlogs, you’ll have failed before you’ve begun. They don’t wanna see your Casey-vlogs, […] they wanna see what you can bring to the table.“

„My favorite thing in the world is seeing how YouTubers are able to iterate and build on other YouTubers‘ styles and sentiments and ideas until they make something that is uniquely theirs. Those are the YouTubers that really succeed.“

Casey Neistat’s letzter und wichtigster Tipp:

„The most important rule is, be original.“

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Quellenangabe:

  1. youtube.com, „HOW TO VLOG LIKE CASEY NEISTAT by CASEY NEISTAT“. URL: https://youtu.be/Q980C74SdYQ?t=2m5s [Stand 28.6.2018]
  2. youtube.com, „MY ALL TIME GREATEST!!!“ URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrcMDnPTdBU [Stand 28.6.2018]