WARNING: DO NOT WATCH IF YOU HAVE A SHORT ATTENTION SPAN! IF YOU GET BORED: TAKE A BREAK, SKIP SOME MINUTES OR SKIP TO THE LEGO PART @ 20:32 WHY?!? READ BELOW
Lately I’ve been uploading a lot of videos. Last year I made over 50 videos of which only a couple reached some bigger viewcounts Most of my videos got stuck on a couple thousand views. That is actually very weird considering I have almost 100.000 subscribers. It means that not only my videos aren't shown by Youtube to new viewers, it means that even my own subscriber base isn’t watching, interested or notified… Youtube continues its growth with over 432.000 hours(!) of footage uploaded every day. New promising creators registering everyday, making it even harder to get my videos to be seen by the masses. And the masses is what I need to be able to continue my channel. To get attention from the masses a lot of techniques are being used by almost every Youtuber: Appealing thumbnails…. Appealing mysterious titles, that makes you want to click the videos… Shorter videos… faster videos… and what not… Everyone has to 'scream' louder for some views and the 'noise' is almost unbearable.
This is where the Youtube ratrace begins and I was also slowly sucked in. I got rid of the TV truck intro, made better thumbnails, made my titles more appealing,
I made my video shorter… All to make something you guys would want to see! While making something more worthy to watch is a good thing. A lot of time things will go too fast. There’ll be no time to explain things or to show longer shots. Always having to keep all these things in mind, and throwing away so much awesome footage can at times be a very tiring thing and that’s why I’m going to do things a little different for my newest video.
I always perceive myself a little different, and that fits good in this new approach. I’m going to walk in the opposite direction now. I’m not going to keep this video as short as possible, I just gonna let it grow and grow until I reach the end of the story. I do not expect many views from it.
I’ve made a movie about my trip to Romania. "Well, we have already seen that!" you might say. But that is where things get different. When I’m working on a project, I always shoot a lot of footage, of which not everything is LEGO train related. Only 5 to 10% of the footage makes it to the final video. The rest is thrown away. Often because it is unusable, not relevant or it’s just not enough footage to tell a story with, In film we call that B-roll. A lot of stories get lost that way, some might be of interest some might not. But when deleted we’ll never know!
Among many other sources of footage, I tried to use that B-roll footage to tell a story. The full story. I’m going to tell everything, and leave nothing out of it!
I have edited on this for almost six weeks straight. I used 30 individual pieces of music and managed to squeeze 12h30m of footage shot in a period of 7 days in romania into a 68 minutes edit.
So even though this video is long, it only consists of 9% of the raw footage.
Of course you can expect a well edited feature film, just like you can always expect from the Bananenbuurman! I did my best anyway!
If you think it’s boring, stupid or long, well, like I said… this time I do not care! Still I hope you like it for what it is.
Anyway, Thanks for your time!
SPECIAL THANKS GOES OUT TO:
- Spiral: Horea Nascu (hntrains)
- Ninjago City around spiral: Felix Mezei
- Cucubau (coolest toystore in Romania!):
- Rolli and all the fantastic employees of Cucubau!
- Tibor Hajnal for his amazing drone footage of the Phoenix Tower:
- Social FM
- Anna Maria Peride
- Crew of Maramures TV
- Folkloric music singer Renata Gandi and the dancers of The Florile Chioarului Ansamble from Sacalaseni