YouTube is a fantastic medium. It allows creators to produce and distribute their own creative content, eliminating many of the roadblocks that stifle original thinking. Yet, the majority of popular content on YouTube is flooded with prank videos, stale challenges, and simply moronic content. But every once in awhile you'll come across a creator that produces such thought-provoking and creative content that it makes you believe in the possibilities of the platform again.
The Nerdwriter is one of those creators for me. His content is smart, interesting, compelling, and original. His chosen medium of the video essay is refreshing and a nice change from the typical vlog style of most YouTube videos, and his content speaks like a higher level study of art and film. His style of video making is intriguing because the visuals continuously grab your attention, while his soothing and carefully written narration grabs your mind. The Nerdwriter is a rare breed of YouTuber because his content is may actually broaden your mind rather than numb it.
But what makes The Nerdwriter my inspiration this week is just how well produced and written his video essays are. I love films (obviously) and I love exploring the depths and layers a film has to offer. Film analysis, both from a cultural and literary perspective, is one of my favorite things to study and to learn about. The Nerdwriter's elegantly narrated essays intelligently explore the art of filmmaking and its impact on the greater world. His videos not only look at the craft and technique of filmmaking (a really interesting video about cuts and editing), but he also allows his essays to explore the cultural relevance of film and art and its impact on society (The Epidemic of Passable Movies). His essays are smart and intelligent; he challenges his viewers to see art from a different perspective, all the while maintaining a beautifully compiled video that grips you as much as the essay itself.
I really love the content that The Nerdwriter is producing. His essays continuously challenge me to think harder and broader about film and art. I've included just four of The Nerdwriters videos above, but, trust me, every single one of his videos is worth watching. His content is clever and interesting and if you have any interest in film analysis or film study, these videos are for you.
It goes without saying that YouTube and online content is the future. Here's to hoping that more smart and original creators like The Nerdwriter are the ones populating it.
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