"I'm shakin' the dust of this crummy little town off my feet and I'm gonna see the world...I'm gonna build skyscrapers a hundred stories high, I'm gonna build bridges a mile long.." George Bailey, It's a Wonderful Life
My name is Brandon. Like every other film student, I grew up thinking I was the next Steven Spielberg. When I was 13 my dad bought a computer editing machine for making videos. I immediately fell in love and the rest was history. I knew I was going to grow up making movies. My films were works of art in my eyes. I loved it. Years after graduating from college, however, something hit me like a ton of bricks. I wasn't the next Steven Spielberg. In fact, I didn't even stand out from the crowd of talented filmmakers all around me. I felt really stupid it had taken me so long to figure that out, and then I got depressed. I was just an average person. I thought I was built for something more, like I was going to make a big splash in the world. I was, in fact, quite ordinary. I felt just like George Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life. Things didn't turn out the way I planned or hoped, I felt stuck in Bedford Falls. I believe in God. I felt a little let down like He wasn't helping me achieve what I hoped. Life's been full of curve balls and disappointments, and it felt like my life wasn't going very far. Just like George Bailey, however, I came to a realization with some of God's help...it's a wonderful life. My life is quite ordinary, and that's OK. In fact, that's great. I learned to realize that great things come from ordinary people every day, things large and small, seen by many or a few.
"You used to be so cocky. You were going to go out and conquer the world. What are you but a warped, frustrated young man?" - It's a Wonderful Life
One of the things that helped me through my depression was a realization I had while watching Youtube videos. I would watch fan films and other random videos made my amateurs and ordinary people. Some of the videos were obviously lacking in productions values, editing or acting skills, and any other number of shortcomings...but I realized something...I saw real and true value in these videos and I enjoyed them. There were good things about them that I loved. They were fun to watch, they were clever or you could tell the makers were just having a good time. Some showed progress over time and others you could tell had hidden potential that got you thinking about possibilities. There were so many reasons to love them even with their failings or shortcomings. I think most of us love the art, creativity and effort put into fun ideas, even in ordinary things. I think that is why Youtube has created such a revolution in media consumption. It's mostly everyday people going out and making fun, ordinary videos. I love the line in Ratatouille " ...in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so."
That is what I hope to accomplish in our Youtube channel. I want to create fun videos that will help people daydream and have a small, healthy escape from life and its stresses. It is my way of living my dream, even though I'm not the next Steven Spielberg. We will have shortcomings in our videos, but hopefully someone will find value in them and have fun, just like I did with other channel's videos.
"...in the grand sceme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so." - Pixar's Ratatouille