Within the final 10 years, YouTube video essays — on films, on TV reveals, on video games, on popular culture, on on a regular basis life — have entered a renaissance. However how do you make a video essay? What does it take to run a YouTube channel that may let a creator’s creativity thrive and serve a demanding viewers? How a lot do algorithms management the pop dialog, and the way is somebody supposed to interrupt by means of?
Realizing that dissecting artwork is an artwork in itself, Polygon requested a few of the high video essayists engaged on YouTube immediately to return collectively in dialog on the 2020 New York Comedian Con Metaverse. On Saturday at 9 p.m. EDT/ 6 p.m. PDT, Lindsay Ellis, Michael Tucker (Classes from the Screenplay), Kevin Peterson (T1J), and Maggie Mae Fish be part of moderator, fellow creator, and occasional Polygon contributor Patrick Willems to speak by means of their profession arcs and replicate on what it takes to make a profession out of video essays.
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“YouTube really encourages you to fixate on numbers and the algorithm,” Ellis says through the roundtable. “And the way the backend is set up […] it’s designed to play to your anxiety and it’s designed to, like, make you freak out if your video isn’t doing as well as the last 10. I would like to be emotionally liberated from that because I do think it creatively stifles you. You’re making content based not on what you’re interested in, but what you think will get clicks. I wish I could just be OK with the fact that I’m not going to get a million views a video anymore. That should be OK. I should be allowed to do that.”
Watch the complete, 45-minute panel above for much more perception and anecdotes.