Casey Neistat on the Vlogging vs. Filmmaking Misconception
“You’re a filmmaker, stop vlogging.”
Casey Neistat is not one to get stuck within the Established System but rather is an impressive and inspiring machine at creating video content on all platforms, from Snaptchat to YouTube on a regular basis. Last week Neistat just added to his already intense releasing schedule, daily Vloging, i.e. releasing a daily video of 7 to 9 minutes about his day and everything in between.
Neistat did an “Ask Me Anything” vlog, and one of the comment was: You’re a filmmaker, stop vlogging. And here is what Casey Neistat replied:
creating a new movie every 24h and releasing that movie to an audience of hundreds of thousands of people is an evolution in filmmaking
“Not actually a question but I am more than happy to address. I premiered feature films at the Cannes Film Festival, I premiered a feature at the Sundance Film Festival, I have written, directed, edited and stared in my own HBO series, I have been awarded the Rockefeller Grant for Filmmakers, I’ve stood on stages and received prestigious awards and I’m a lifetime member of the Sundance Institute and I can tell that this, creating a new movie every 24h and releasing that movie to an audience of hundreds of thousands of people is an evolution in filmmaking. See, our job, as creators, is to further define any medium. Our job is to create the new cliches, not outwear those that were defined by generations passed. And to suggest that this is anything but filmmaking is to highlight some preconceived falsehood around what the very definition of filmmaking is.”
Neistat is a Neo-Storyteller and his position is clear: regularly creating content on his medium of preference takes over trying to replicate what other have done in the hope of success.
Food for thoughts.
Watch the full episode below. If you’re familiar with vlogging, you’ll quickly notice that Neistat is doing it his own weird way, and why shouldn’t he?