I often thought vlogging was lazy, and a copout for real film-making and production. Then 2 years happened, and I went through trauma, trials, and tribulations, and I wish I would have gotten it all on camera. There has to be a way to elevate the vlogging medium. So before we set off for Geeks Abroad, I want to start to start practicing with daily vlogs inspire by the Casey Neistat’s style.
REQUIRED GEAR: - 2 Cameras Most Times
- One larger camera for more planned shots not on the go
- Smaller pocket cam for lightning fast recording
- G7X Mark II
- Gorilla Pod
- Casey doesn’t stay in one place, but takes you throughout the day with a consistent message. The “Continuous Thought” is the best!
FILM EDITING/ COMP STYLES
Here are some of the tricks I’ve seen him use to make his vlogs immersive and entertaining.
- Neistat Cut-Off: Being in ture wAbruptly cutting to a new scene in the middle of a sentence or a thought
- The Continuous Thought: Stringing together small pieces of a story in different locations. This manifests as Casey starting a story in one location, then finishing it in one or more other locations.
- Associative Cut: Cutting in small bits of referential content, usually from past clips from movies.
- Neistat Montage: Rapid cuts that show the progression of a single task, usually on footage that’s already sped up.
- The Neistat Zoom: Bringing the camera closer to the face (or zooming in) to intensify a moment, which basically creates a new shot. It’s an in-camera “edit.”
- Special Framing - Begin recording outside of frame, then walking/ running into frame
- Neistat Transitions: Using in-camera transitions, like putting down/picking up camera, “lens slap”, etc.
- Neistat Mise en Scène: Casey uses his keen eye for composition to make everyday situations look unique.
WORKFLOW RELATED TIPS:
- Store old footage of all mediums for later re-use in creating stries
If any of you have ideas on what workflow you need to achieve this, please comment below or reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org !
Reality TV vs Real Life
I would love to shoot in vlog style because it would allow for a glimpse into authentic life, and one of the reasons vlogging is so compelling - because it’s so community focused and based on people and life itself, not production.
Nixie Notes 01: Life imitating art.