Text 21 Oct 8 notes Why I Hate The Term “Youtuber”

Forgive me this rant, sometimes I get an itch to get my thoughts out about something that bothers me and I just need to scratch it.

"Youtuber", what does that even mean? This term constantly bothers me because it has little to no meaning yet I keep hearing from younger generations about how they want to be a "Youtuber".

My basic understanding of the term seems to refer to someone who makes a living putting content on youtube.  I can see why this would be a popular goal, because ANYONE can be a “Youtuber”, so hey, worth a shot.

But here’s the problem I have with the term, it’s not a job, it’s a platform.  I don’t hear people who work on tv call themselves a “Televisioner” or someone who releases music on iTunes, an “iTuner”, so why is “Youtuber” even a term?

The term “Youtuber” is essentially saying your job first is youtube, your content is inconsequential in the sense that it only helps you achieve your goal of being a “Youtuber”.  And that’s the key right there, “Youtuber” essentially boils down to, I want to be an internet celebrity.

Sure it’s not celebrity in the traditional sense, but having a million people know who you are, or even a hundred thousand know who you are isn’t something to sneeze at. 

However most popular creators on youtube are something BEYOND youtube, I’m a CG Artist, others are animators, artists, musicians, commentators, or even entertainer, (I’d consider let’s players and vloggers a subset of commentators and entertainers) but you can’t just define them as a “Youtuber”.

Defining yourself as a “Youtuber” is limiting your prospects and pigeonholing yourself into a single platform. Essentially online creators are independent creators who will use any platform to get their content out there and hopefully make a profit so that they can continue to make more work, Youtube is just one way to do it, not the ONLY way.

I want to refer to a quote from Lewis Hyde’s book, The GiftThis quote refers to people who want to create art and make a living doing so and I feel is very important and why a platform should not define your craft.

The dance involves art and money, but not at the same time. In the first stage, it is paramount that the artist “reserves a protected gift-sphere in which the art is created.” He keeps money out of it. But in the next two phases, they can dance. The way I see it, Hyde’s dance steps go a little something like this:

  1. Make art.
  2. Make art make money.
  3. Make money make art.

It is the last step that turns this dance into a waltz — something cyclical so that the money is not the real end. Truly, for Jim Henson, money was a fuel that fed art.

(also read this article to learn more about Jim Henson and how he approached his craft and making money doing it)

If you look at yourself as an independent creator in your field of choice then the craft comes first.  Make good quality animations, strive for strong writing, good music, or anything related to your field, strive for quality content and be proud to call yourself an artist or an entertainer.

Strive for independence, and that means independence from youtube as well.  Don’t depend on a platform to always be there and DEFINITELY don’t define yourself by a platform or wanting to be an internet celebrity, Define yourself by your passion for your craft.

Make the art first, then use the platforms to make money from the art, then use that money to make art.

Thank you for listening to my rant

Link 19 Oct 1,609 notes sketches + story: 22 #storybasics I've picked up in my time at Pixar»

storyshots:

I tweeted these forever ago, but the internet just noticed and I figure I should probably at least put them on my blog. I’m glad people are finding them useful.

Here they are, a mix of things learned from directors & coworkers at Pixar, listening to writers & directors talk about their craft, and…

Great list of story tips to keep in mind when creating a story for a short or a series or even a film.  There are many ways of creating a story, and many different ways to tell it but these tips can be useful if you’re feeling stuck.

Text 18 Oct 11 notes

jonmobius said: If someone wanted to get popular, or at least build up a following, would you say it's best to start off with parodies that people will actively search for, and then start pumping original content later? Also, what medium of entertainment do you think is the best? Comedy, action, etc.

stingingfoam:

That’s really hard to answer to be honest. So many folks have taken different routes, but first hand, I have seen people blow up pretty fast with parody based entertainment. The problem with that, as far as I can see, is that these folks don’t ever wean off of this approach as they grow, and I think psychologically they pigeonhole themselves from trying something new.

I’d like a body of work that has original characters & stories, but I’m only speaking for myself. That’s why I’m trying to introduce fun little original shorts, like Klaus and “Clown College” along the way.

Honestly, do what your passionate about. If you like doing parodies, do that, if you’re excited about original ideas, do those. Either way, if you have a strong voice, it’ll come out.

Oh, and genre-wise, I like stuff that’s effective. 

Text 17 Oct 12 notes

yamachi said: Stupid comment, but good job for getting on tumblr radar.

minecraftgifs:

Thanks for the lovely compliment ~ ^^

I’m really happy that my content was selected for that! really made my day :), Thanks again for making the gifs and sharing them!

Text 17 Oct 18 notes

recreating-yours-truly said: post/60563237677/blink that is an amazing texturepack. Too bad I cant find it anywhere!

minecraftgifs:

It’s Faithful Texture Pack!

Actually Faithful Texture Pack was the base, I modified the textures myself by adding realistic textures over top and blending them in with the pixel look (plus modifiying the pixel look a bit to look more like paint then pixels).  The closest texture pack to what I did for the video would be R3d.craft

Text 12 Oct Numbers Numbers Numbers

So I tried a bit of an experiment on my youtube channel.  Youtube has an option that allows you to hide your subscriber count from public view.  I was curious how much this number actually influenced whether people subscribed to the channel or not.

So I decided to hide my subs, I was originally going to hide it for a month.  I ended up turning my subs back on after a couple weeks as it’s become pretty clear that my sub numbers have been significantly dropping since I started the experiment.

However this isn’t an absolute conclusion, since subscriber rates are pretty all over the place usually it’s hard to point to a single source that is causing a change in the rate.  There are a lot of variables as well, one of them could simply be because I haven’t released any new animated content in a long while, or some people don’t like the podcast content I’ve been posting (which is getting pretty small numbers).

What ever the case I did see a drop in my subscription numbers from the two weeks prior compared to the two weeks I started the experiment.  It might be worth trying this experiment again in the future when I’m able to produce steady content, but this does have me thinking.

What does that number mean to the average viewer? How does it affect their choice to subscribe to a channel or not? does it have any effect at all? 

I always find these subscriber numbers so arbitrary, a lot of communities focus on these numbers.  There is so much focus on Likes, and Subs, and Views that I almost feel like people aren’t even paying attention to the content anymore. Something unique to youtube culture is the celebration of arbitrary milestones in subscriber numbers, “Hey, 100,000 subs!” “Hey, 5,000 subs” “Hey, 1,000,000 subs!”.

While these are personal milestones, what do these numbers really mean in relation to the content? well absolutely nothing.  These numbers cause very interesting dynamics, it suddenly becomes a pissing contest between youtube channels, “This channel is bigger than your channel therefore it is better than your channel”. It can end up with communities, and worst of all, creators getting a false sense of superiority.

Thinking about this subscriber count a bit more, I’m trying to understand why so much importance is put on that number. I think, from a viewer stand point, the subscriber number represents a community, a community you want to be a part of. If there is one thing online content has created over traditional media it’s the sense of community and belonging.  When someone goes to a channel and sees a bunch of subscribers subbed to the channel, when you subscribe to that channel you feel like you’re joining a party.  However if those numbers are hidden you still feel “left out” even when you subscribe.

This is just all theories, I’m just thinking out loud.  For me I subscribe purely for content, I want to see good content and I want to be notified when new content is released.  I’ve never felt that the things I enjoyed watching or the creators I followed was a community I wanted to get involved in, I just wanted to keep up to date with that creator and their work.  I’m sure that there are a lot of people that have the same mentality as me when it comes to subscribing to channels, but I’m curious if there are a subset that are actually more engaged in the numbers then the content itself.

Or maybe the audience wants to see those numbers, so they can celebrate those milestones with the creator since the value of that connection with the mind behind the content has become so valuable in the online landscape.

Anyways, that’s my musings on the subject, I’m probably thinking too much like I usually do. I’d love to hear other peoples opinions on the subject.

Link 5 Oct 38 notes Joe Bowers: This is why I have a "Do not engage" Policy on youtube comments»

bowz:

I’m exaggerating the sum of my arguments into this single dialog with the internet.

Me: Animation is a lot of hard work, monetization ensures I make more

Internet: You’re not entitled to ad revenue, and we demand you make “moar”

Me: If you want more, not using adblocker helps

Internet: Fuck…

pretty much sums up the consumer and creator relationship these days (not all fans are like this, but there is an entitled minority that is)

via -Bowz-.
Text 3 Oct The Channel’s Future!

Hello followers and fans of my work.

I wanted to give an update on what’s been going on in my life and in relation my youtube channel.

As a few of you may or may not be aware, The past year has been quite challenging on my end.  While I’ve been working on shorts for my youtube channel, I’ve been having trouble staying a float financially.  I enjoy animating and creating animations for people to enjoy but it has been at a very heavy cost to my life at this moment.

I have also been becoming very creatively burnt out.  I was planning on doing one more animation after ‘Reborn’ based in the Minecraft universe, but as I’m working on the new short I’m finding it harder and harder to find the motivation to work on it.  Minecraft just doesn’t hold any interest for me anymore, after ‘Reborn’ I feel I’ve already accomplished my visual goals which was the original interest of exploring Minecraft shorts, so I don’t have much interest in exploring that further.  Also the limitations of the Minecraft universe has been very creatively and artistically limiting. 

Because of all these issues I’ve been wanting to refocus my work.  Right now my main goal is just trying to get financially stable again, which means the youtube channel is going to take a back seat for a long while.  I have some ideas of where I would like to go with my work and the channel, and I have some original series ideas that I’m planning on developing more, but I won’t be able to focus fully on those ideas at the moment.

So what’s going to happen with the channel? Well I will still be doing the Lines and Splines podcast with David, and I might start doing production vlogs on the progress of my original work once those projects start going.  I hope to have new content to release in the future when I can focus more on my independent work but as of right now that’s not as possible as I would like it to be.

I just wanna say thank you to all those who have followed me over the past year, and I feel bad for not being able to keep the momentum of my channel going but I hope you understand.

If you still stick around a year from now, I promise you won’t be disappointed (unless you were expecting more Minecraft… then you might be disappointed).

Text 25 Sep Weird Minecraft Animation Community Challenge *UPDATE*

Hey everyone,

I just wanted to give an update on what’s going on with the community challenge I posted a while back.  I started this challenge just for fun and it’s grown pretty big with the amount of people interested in submitting.

I want to re-iterate that this is not a contest, this is just a for fun idea that I threw together and opened up to the community.  The end date of Oct. 31st Is just an arbitrary date and a few of use are not going to be able to hit that deadline (due to real life obligations and other projects).

Here’s what I’m going to do, The plan for the challenge now is to create an official playlist where all the videos will be added, on Oct. 31st the playlist will go up.  If you want to be a part of the challenge all you need to do is send me a link to the video via twitter with #weirdminecraft when the video is ready and I’ll add it to the playlist.  I will keep the playlist open for submissions until the end of the year so if you can’t hit the deadline then you can still keep working on the project and submit later if you need to.

If at all possible please add an annotation at the end of the video to the playlist so people can see the other submissions, I’ll post a link to the playlist when it’s ready for you to add on your videos!

Try and do your best work, and I’m excited to see what everyone comes up with!

If you have any questions feel free to ask in the comments or on twitter @cathuliancg

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I’m loving these gifs!


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