May 27, 2017 at 5:12 pm #1412
Hey, guys and gals! I recently uploaded a new video to YouTube (finally!). I’m looking forward to making more and this post is not just to share my videos (this is allowed, right?), but also to ask #BelieveNation for feedback. I think feedback is not just helpful, but almost essential when you wanna get better at pretty much anything. So you can be as critical as you wanna be, of any of my videos. It will only help me. Thanks, y’all! 😀
To give you an idea of the types of videos I make:
My latest video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhmEhN8l7e0&list=PLH0-PvNFlN2QM6GJEhlMrluvaV5rI3ut3&index=1
My most viewed video (by far): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxV3FiTH-Wg&list=PLH0-PvNFlN2QBV_ITJ4HGbTE22VFThjew&index=2&t=2s
One of my personal favourites: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRs37Kt2m0E&list=PLH0-PvNFlN2Rpn2oyzeaAb1CMdl1AjXxh&index=5
Story wise perhaps my best one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ihf2qBSfGrQ&list=PLH0-PvNFlN2Rpn2oyzeaAb1CMdl1AjXxh&index=7
Video I made to show love for Evan’s book ‘Your One Word’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAjDf-gW2iY&list=PLH0-PvNFlN2Ru2354dZlJ-AppbplsVElK&index=2
Video that helped me win a signed copy of the book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D74qYvkFLAg&index=1&list=PLH0-PvNFlN2Ru2354dZlJ-AppbplsVElK
May 28, 2017 at 8:29 am #1413
Wooo !!! Great to see you back man! On the forum AND on YouTube. 🙂 I saw your video earlier today on my subscription feed and I was really surprised and happy about it! 🙂
Is it just a coincidence or are you expecting the new Unbreakable movie they are working on? 🙂 It was even “announced” at the end of the movie “Split” which is made by the same director. 🙂
Anyway, I like the new video but I LOVE the one with Stephen Curry. 🙂
That one is perfect combination of music type/lyrics, perfect scenes and people talking about Stephen. What I love the most is how everything fits in, the true example of great editing. It starts from “casual” and builds-up while it tells us Stephen’s story. 🙂
For example, your “Le Freak” video is also great, but it does not hit me emotionally, it is more of a fun video to watch. Stephen video gives me goosebumps. 🙂
One of my favorite highlight videos is this one (although it is too long):
Video tells the story of Cro Cop’s carrier, with all the pain and emotions behind it. It shows all of his success, then it stops and shows his first loss to a knock out and the disbelief of other fighters. But then he comes back and wins over a guy who knocked him out. And he is not stopping until he wins the Pride’s Grand Prix belt. After that, he goes to tears from both happiness and sadness. He basically reached his life’s goal but his father is not alive to see that.
And music fits perfectly in every way. And I especially like how the music “softens” the brutality of MMA.
Hope this feedback helps man! Keep it up! 🙂
May 28, 2017 at 2:26 pm #1414
Yeah, it’s great to be back and I plan on watching more movies. And if I like them enough I’ll make videos for them as well 🙂
It is a coincidence I picked Unbreakable. Though I had already seen Split I didn’t know there was a connection with Unbreakable, which I watched for the first time this past Thursday. I looked into it a little bit and I’m looking forward to Glass now 😀
Yeah, the Curry one might be my best video so far. Le Freak was supposed to be different from that one. It was supposed to be just a fun highlight video. That worked better with the song, I think. But it certainly does make it less captivating.
I’m not a big martial arts fan, but that’s a great video. The songs indeed work really well for these types of videos. You wouldn’t normally think about putting the sport and this kind of music together, but the contrast works well.
Thanks, Miho 😀. I’m looking forward to showjng more videos, once I’ve made them 😜
May 28, 2017 at 4:31 pm #1415
Agreed on all points man! 🙂 Looking forward to what you will bring to us! Just link the new videos here on the forum! 🙂
June 12, 2017 at 11:29 am #1446
I love the sound quality in the Curry one. Imho sound quality is second only to story, and it’s really well done here. Moving pop music, great commentator soundbytes, etc. (This one had a simple story, “Curry triumphs.”
Regarding With You, yes, moving stuff, will get less views unless you title/tag/desc/thumbnail SEO-friendly, cuz it doesn’t have the star-power of Curry. If you’d put brackets in the title and listed a few big games used, that may help (Halo, etc.) Also… I feel like ‘intros’ are best suited to come after teasers, trailers, or opening scenes — grip ppl at the first second. Great song, visuals, and story.
Yes, “Iron” has great story. Well done.
Worth considering… linking 5 vids in a single post is a ‘big ask’ for ‘strangers’ to view, consider posting a single vid in a single thread, and gauging people’s response?
Hope that helps, keep #ryzing :0
June 12, 2017 at 4:46 pm #1448
Thanks, J. I’ll think about these things, especially putting titles of games in the titles of these videos. And I already decided not to use intros anymore. There’s really no need for it.
June 15, 2017 at 12:34 pm #1450
Glad you’re feelin’ it Z, those ‘keywords’ are like red-carpet sign-posts leading the way for strangers to discover your YT vids. 🙂
July 24, 2017 at 10:50 am #1494
As a tribute to the late Chester Bennington, known by most as the front man for Linkin Park, I made this video: https://vimeo.com/226730803
Hopefully Chester has now found his peace that he couldn’t find in life.
Although I haven’t been following their journey as much in recent years, Linkin Park’s music was at least a part of the soundtrack to my teenage life and you could easily argue it applies to my current life even more so. I thought it was only right to make this video as a tribute, featuring quite a fitting song.
July 24, 2017 at 11:50 am #1495
I’m not a Linkin Park fan but I listened to some of their songs when I was younger. It was really shocking to find out about Chester. And so soon after Chris Cornell. 🙁 Chester and Chris apparently were close and they even had a show (or few shows?) together. It is possible that death of Chris was too much for Chester to take.
Anyway, I love the video, you picked up the perfect song. 🙂 How come you uploaded it on Vimeo, Youtube copyright problems?
July 24, 2017 at 2:04 pm #1496
Since he didn’t leave a note we’ll never really know what caused him to commit suicide, though it’s usually multiple things. Chester was sexually abused for years as a child, he had a drug addiction, Chris Cornell’s suicide has obviously taken its toll on him and just listen to or read the lyrics of Linkin Park’s songs… They did not make happy music. Chester fought his demons for years, but sadly those demons eventually won 🙁
Thanks, Mihovil. Though the reason behind it sucks monkey balls, I did enjoy making the video. It also made me listen to Linkin Park’s older songs, as well as their new ones and made me appreciate their music even more. And yeah, that is exactly why I uploaded it to Vimeo. I uploaded it to YouTube as well, but it got blocked immediately. Usually they just claim the copyrights, monetize the video and it can stay on, but this time they completely blocked it. Oh well…
July 25, 2017 at 4:51 am #1497
Agreed, suicide is never a simple thing to explain. People usually see one thing and beneath the surface there are many many more, “cooking” over the years.
July 25, 2017 at 7:40 am #1499
Hey Zeno! I just wanted to congratulate you on making another video after some time away. I can really appreciate how difficult it can be to start up again when you’ve stopped for whatever the reason may be.
I’ve bookmarked the video to watch tomorrow! Can’t wait!
July 26, 2017 at 8:06 am #1501
Wow Z! Amazing job. Like Tam I didn’t know the movie, but great job transitioning from one scene to the next. The cuts were really sharp and I felt like the camera kept flowing from cut to cut, rather than feeling jerky or suddenly cutting so that the action was too far away from where I was concentrating. Was the music all from each of the points in the movie? Or did you overlay that separately? It seemed separate to me, but it was really difficult to tell. Either way that shows I think what a great job you did of editing the piece. Well done Zeno, well done!
So I posted this here too because when I posted on your channel page I realised only after posting that it was using my other account. Great job Z.
July 27, 2017 at 7:51 am #1502
Thanks, RSS 😀. I saw your reply on that video on YouTube. Saw your profile picture too, so I knew it was you 😉
Did you see my latest one (https://vimeo.com/226730803) yet? It’s different and technically maybe not be the best one, but it’s one that means a lot to me personally.
About making a video for the first time in a while… I always try to think of things to make a video about (movies, games, inspiring people), but it takes a lot to really feel it and go for it and even more to finish a video. So I’ve worked on multiple things, but most of it either never gets finished (either because I can’t find the right footage, I’m not feeling the subject anymore or I don’t like what I’ve made) or has been a work in progress for a while. Suggestions are always welcome 🙂
July 27, 2017 at 1:10 pm #1504
Great thread and discussion of powerful art, audio & visual here. Jaime spotted some nice edits.
Like most of you, I listened to LP as a teenager and it brought me a lot of joy.
Z you made an awesome tribute, as did Evan:
July 27, 2017 at 1:13 pm #1505
I’ve written 1000s of words about suicide. I’ve ‘saved’ people from suicide. I’ve explored fresh views on it from Japan’s suicide forest, to the Exit International organization, and more.
It’s sometimes a taboo topic, but since every human dies, I believe it’s meant to be discussed.
July 27, 2017 at 1:16 pm #1506
Thanks, J 🙂👍🏼. And yes, Evan and his team did a wonderful job on that one 😀. A lot of discussions about it as well in the comments, about whether Chester should have a top 10/we should learn from him or not. Same thing happened with Robin Williams. I kinda understand where they’re coming from, but of course you can still learn from people like Chester and Robin.
July 27, 2017 at 1:18 pm #1507
Can we read those words anywhere, J? This is more off-topic than it has gotten already (which is fine), but it might be helpful for me.
July 27, 2017 at 1:56 pm #1508
Well said, Z.
And my view is that in a sea of drama, gossip, & exploitative videos, Evan is doing TRULY good work by putting out Chester’s MOST positive and wise and loving moments in interviews.
His team had to work extra hard to get it ready in a timely manner.
As for my words on suicide, you can read them here:
The first post was here: http://ryzeonline.com/dirty-soul-words/
The second post here: http://ryzeonline.com/suicide-talk/ (this one features the girl who I ‘saved’)
The third post here: http://ryzeonline.com/art-suicide/
And I think there’s another one that people were commenting on somewhere, I’ll dig it up if you want it as well. Hope they help in some way, Z.
July 27, 2017 at 3:14 pm #1509
Yeah, it must’ve taken a lot of hard work to put it all together that quickly.
No need to dig. I’ll read these three. Thanks, J 🙂
July 28, 2017 at 5:06 am #1511
Yes, it is fascinating how people think of people who killed themselves as they were only this one “dark act”. Almost like they think that everything positive and inspiring this person did in life doesn’t count because of it. Which is a lot of bullsh*t. 🙂
But it is easy to understand because their thoughts come from the place of not understanding and that causes fear.
@j-ryze Woah! Will totally read the articles! You already linked one somewhere and I’ve read it and enjoyed it very much! Didn’t know you have so many of them. 🙂
It is funny how suicide somehow loses its power when people talk about it, it is almost like shedding a light in the dark. Which is exactly why people should talk about it. 🙂
I never had suicidal thoughts myself but I know some people who did and I talked a lot about it with them.
BTW, I researched Aokigahara myself, very fascinating and unique place. 🙂
July 28, 2017 at 7:25 am #1512
I skimmed the first 2 J, then tried to skim the 3rd as well.. but it got me about half way down, so I started reading it again from the beginning.
Powerful stuff J.
Thanks for sharing your story, so honestly.
That was deep.
I’ve never thought of suicide in that way before… as freeing you to be ok with yourself and not judging anymore. I think that inner critic can be much harder than anyone else, and living with it 24/7…
Thanks for sharing these articles J, and for sharing your experiences and learning with all of us.
July 28, 2017 at 8:48 am #1513
Great stuff indeed 👍🏼. I read the first two, will read the other one later today. We should certainly talk about suicidal feelings and thoughts more than we do, but people need to be open to talk about to you about it as well. Death is something we all have to deal with in some way, so why freak out, get all uptight when the topic comes up? Maybe it’s not death itself, but it being an option for… almost everyone (can’t include people who aren’t able to move in this). We all know we’re gonna die one day, but the freedom to choose an early death freaks people out 😱, plus there’s the stigma that it’s a weak and selfish thing to do (see the comments underneath Evan’s video about Chester, for example). Those things make it incredibly hard to talk about suicide.
Thanks for those articles, J 🙂. Like I said, I’m gonna read the third article later today. If it gives me a new insight or something I wanna say you’ll find out 😉
July 28, 2017 at 9:16 am #1514
@mihovil Yeah, reducing someone’s contributions because of their manner of exit is… not ideal.
I *love* understanding so much.
Hahah, yeah, I talk about taboo topics more than most. Suicide, porn, money, whatever I love being a light in the dark, it helps ppl #ryze.
Thanks for enjoying my article, and why did you research Aokigahara?
@Relaxing Sleep Station – Wow! Thanks so much for the feedback on my articles, I’m glad the power and depth touched you somehow.
I aim to offer fresh views that free others to ryze rather than be held down by taboo topics 🙂
And I’d like to thank Zeno, his invitation is the main reason I shared lol.
Much love back!
@Zeno Nieuwenhuis Yep, I embrace discussion about any topic 🙂 And ‘freedom’ and ‘options’ of any kind are great, imho.
Thanks for that Zeno, and the third felt powerful and deep to RSS, and he was compelled to re-read it, so hopefully there’s something there for you as well 🙂
Looking forward to any feedback 🙂
July 29, 2017 at 5:50 am #1515
I only just got around to reading your third article. Wow! That’s quite something you’ve gone through, J. I knew a little bit about your story, but this is… wow. And I’m sure there’s much you didn’t touch on. It’s… I don’t know what word to use, interesting? Well, for lack of a better word I’ll use that. It’s interesting how you’re still alive because of certain things. People who helped you get things running, letting go of judgement and having such high standards (even for your suicide) that you couldn’t kill yourself.
I can’t relate to your story, but I can certainly relate to judgement of oneself, conforming to society and how you’re supposed to become successful and also to wanting to commit suicide in a brilliant way. That was kinda funny to me, cause whenever I think of people killing themselves I always think of them slitting their wrists, jumping off a building or in front of a vehicle, putting a bullet in their brain or overdosing on drugs. I’ve thought about those methods, but they are not special enough, not artistic enough, not brilliant enough, not good enough. I don’t think I’m good for anything and I’m also not great AT anything, but for whatever reason I’ve always felt that I should be. And I’d want the last thing I’d decide to do (which would be to kill myself, just to clarify) to be a masterpiece
It’s also interesting how you got to meet Evan and work with him. And Jen… You talked about her in one of the other two articles… Is that the Jen I know? I happen to know only one, I think. I thought I recognized her in one of the pictures.
July 29, 2017 at 9:01 am #1518
@j-ryze Lol, I love the “manner of exit” expression so much! And it really is accurate, it is exactly what suicide is.
I started to show interest about Aokigahara after stumbling upon some “creepiest places on earth” list online. 🙂
@zenonieuwenhuis Yes, haha, the part about J-Ryze wanting “the perfect manner of exit” made me giggle as well while reading the article. 🙂 Still need to read other two!
July 31, 2017 at 5:10 pm #1528
Thanks so much for the kind words, Z.
Yeah, my story is pretty deep, lots left out 🙂 And yeah, ‘interesting’ is a good word for it lol.
Yeah, by all rights I ‘shouldnt’ be alive lol.
As for greatness, I tend to start with “Im great at being J-Ryze”, and you can start with “Im great at being Zeno”, and take it from there.
Yes, it’s how I met this Jen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GI0kiyH_igE
@mihovil lol, well that’s how I view, and accurate truths / clear perspectives are kinda my thing, so I’m glad it resonates 🙂
Yeah, freaky place.
August 16, 2017 at 11:15 am #1563
Here’s a video of a guy praising/comparing Evan’s YT and Patrick Bet-David’s Valuetainment
August 18, 2017 at 10:19 am #1572
Nice find. 🙂
September 14, 2017 at 9:16 am #1639
September 14, 2017 at 10:10 am #1643
Nicely done man! 🙂 People actually recommended this move to me many times and I never watched it. I might give it a shot. 🙂
September 14, 2017 at 10:18 am #1644
Thanks, @mihovil 🙂. And you should certainly watch it. It’s a very tense movie that will keep you on the edge of your seat and it features what might just be the all-time best perfomances by Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal. Should’ve both been nominated (at the least) for an Oscar, in my opinion.
- This reply was modified 5 months ago by Zeno Nieuwenhuis.
September 14, 2017 at 11:13 am #1646
September 14, 2017 at 11:22 am #1647
Pretty intense trailer, Z!
Like Miho, it really peaks my interest in the movie, thanks for sharing here.
September 14, 2017 at 11:43 am #1648
Thanks, J 🙂. You should certainly watch it. I may have been a bit too enthusiastic saying it might be Gyllenhaal’s best performance (he was great in Source Code and Nightcrawler too), but it’s somewhere up there.
September 16, 2017 at 1:50 pm #1651
Don’t forget “Donnie Darko”, Jake was awesome in it. 🙂 Nightcrawler was a very good movie as I recall. I know about the Source Code and what is all about but I never watched it.
September 16, 2017 at 2:09 pm #1654
Like I said, I may have been a bit too enthusiastic (hey, I did say “might” 😉). I’ve never seen Donnie Darko. It’s on my (huge) list of films I still have to see. I only just started watching more movies. I’ve missed a lot of great (according to others) movies. Suggestions are always welcome 🙂
September 20, 2017 at 4:38 am #1655
Donnie Darko is the type of movie you will have to watch twice to get everything right. At first it will seem like a weird art movie but it really is a sci-fi. 🙂
January 15, 2018 at 12:54 pm #1745
Alright, I finally uploaded my newest video :-). It basically answers the question what the trailer might look like if “they” would make a movie about Elon Musk’s mission to get us (humans) to Mars. Feedback is more than welcome, as always 😉
January 15, 2018 at 1:49 pm #1749
So well done, Zeno! This vid deserves it’s own thread 🙂
I love the pacing, dip-to-black cuts, music choice, storytelling, soundbytes, crowd reactions, etc. really gets me psyched for Musk & Mars. (Nice DeGrasse clip too.)
I could see this being a regular series on Evan’s channel, he tends to prefer ‘long-content’ but a short-shareable might be worth it if you can deliver this quality or better. Getting some social shares behind it might help prove the case, I wonder if he’d be interested in hiring you for a pilot experiment.
January 15, 2018 at 2:29 pm #1751
Thanks, Jason. I really appreciate that. It took quite some time to go through some interviews, find useable quotes and all that. I was hoping to find more people who’d criticize Musk’s/Space X’s mission, but I’m happy with the deGrasse clip.
Yeah, Evan does like longer videos and I don’t know if I could deliver that, to be honest. I just made this cause Elon’s mission got me excited about space again (I used to love everything about it as a kid). If he’d want something like this I’d have to think about it and it would depend on the subject as well, cause I find it hard to put everything into something I don’t personally feel some kind of way about. I’m not sure that makes sense. But thanks, J 🙂
January 16, 2018 at 2:56 am #1754
Love the video Zeno! Music choice is beyond perfect – makes you feel almost like you are in that rocket waiting for the launch. 🙂
January 16, 2018 at 7:37 am #1755
Thanks, Mihovil 😀. This song was used for one of the trailers for Valerian. That movie wasn’t great, but the music gave me goosebumps when I first heard it in the theatre. So I saved it for the right occassion and I felt like this was it. I’m glad you liked it 🙂👍🏼
January 16, 2018 at 7:52 am #1756
If I’m not mistaken, that music is originally from the movie Dangerous Minds and Coolio made it.
January 16, 2018 at 9:44 am #1758
@Zeno I was more thinking that you’d make short ‘fictional trailers’ like once a month, or even once every 3 months, of a particular entrepreneurs story that ‘caught you’ . Short content is ok, (movie trailers and music videos), and I think the thing that’d sell it for Evan was if they got shared and reached new audiences.
Might be worth an experiment and a great way for you to earn & help #BelieveNation at the same time, or maybe I’m wrong, just a thought, no biggie.
@Miho LOL that classic… but are you sure Weird Al didn’t do it first? 😛
January 16, 2018 at 10:25 am #1760
Well, it all started here:
Of course the music was changed a bit when Coolio made that song.
January 16, 2018 at 10:34 am #1762
January 16, 2018 at 11:27 am #1764
Ah, you learn something new every day 🙂. And maybe the first to do it was some kind of animal who happened to make such a noise in that rhythm. Who knows?
January 16, 2018 at 1:22 pm #1766
LOL – I’m laughing my ass off – what a discussion. 😀 😀
I must admit I didn’t know about Stevie Wonder’s version. As for Amish Paradise, I heard it even before Coolio’s version. And I listened to it for probably 10 000 times, haha. 😀
January 17, 2018 at 5:21 am #1774
This really grabbed me Zeno! I really enjoy anything space related and I think you captured just how bold his dream has been and the steps he’s already made to create this reality.
The pacing was great and when you showed the image of the person getting really excited I thought “hey that’s how I’m feeling right now!
January 17, 2018 at 1:14 pm #1776
Thanks, RSS 😀. I’m looking forward to working on my next video, though I currently don’t know what it’s gonna be about 🤔.
January 18, 2018 at 9:54 am #1779
January 18, 2018 at 10:11 am #1783
This just came out, may be of interest Z:
January 18, 2018 at 3:24 pm #1785
Thanks, Jason 👍🏼. I’m already subscribed to Nerdwriter. Often useful, always interesting 🙂. I’ll check out the video.
January 19, 2018 at 5:23 am #1788
January 19, 2018 at 7:42 am #1791
Thanks. I’ll check it out 🙂
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