If you've never heard of Casey Neistat then you have probably been living under a rock for the last few years as he has skyrocketed to stardom on YouTube. His fame comes from the creation of videos he posts to the online media source labeling them as "movies" or "films." Over the last two weeks, Neistat has created a new video every single day highlighting his incredibly interesting daily life in New York City. Here are the results as he ventures into the future of filmmaking and vlogging.
First seeing Neistat's highly-addicting videos on YouTube some years back, I have been hooked ever since. It's been refreshing to see someone with such passion and drive continue to create and make something he is proud of for a living.
In one of his most recent vlogs, named "What's your motivation?," Neistat goes into great detail with a Q&A style sit-down — which he does each week — answering fan's questions. In these videos he goes through emails, tweets, and messages he has received over the years and responds to each in his own way. He was given one statement which was, "You're a filmmaker, stop vlogging!" This seemed to hit a nerve in Neistat and drove him to explain how in moving forward as a generation we must push past what others have done and look to pave our own way, ultimately defining a new medium. Below is his brilliant reply and I couldn't agree more:
I have premiered movies at Cannes Film Festival, the Sundance Festival and written, directed, edited and starred in my very own HBO TV series. I was awarded the Rockefeller Grant for Film Making and I am a lifetime member of the Sundance Institute. Creating a new movie every 24 hours and releasing that movie to an audience of hundreds of thousands of people is an evolution in filmmaking. Our job as creative’s is to further define any medium and also define a new cliché and not to adhere to generations past. To suggest that this is anything but film making is to highlight some preconceived falsehood of what film making is.
Now, for your viewing pleasure, I have gone ahead and compiled all the vlogs starting back to the very first one posted two weeks ago. Each video is about eight minutes and explains a great deal of what it truly means to be a creative in this world and how defining new paths is the only way for us to evolve to make something truly original.
To see more of Neistat's incredible work and keep updated with this new daily vlog be sure and check out and subscribe to his YouTube channel. You will not regret it!