Light-based media

How to script and record narration for video

Two helpful behind-the-scenes videos from Stuart Brown, creator of the popular XboxAhoy YouTube gaming channel (and some other related channels).


Voice Production

Note that these videos are from 2011, so the software and hardware specifically mentioned may not still be the best choices. That said, the Rode Podcaster does seem to be one of the most popular mic choices.


At just 32 years old, Neistat has already made more than a hundred short films, won an Independent Spirit Award, and starred in an HBO series.

I’m sort of undecided how I feel about Casey. On one hand he makes videos that exude a sort of spoiled-brat attitude that makes me cringe (watch him wreck his jeep, twice, just for shits and giggles). But on the other hand he’s clearly not looking for anyone’s permission for how to have fun with his money, and I do kinda admire that.

He also makes entertaining videos that highlight social issues, like this brilliant critique of the bike lanes in New York or this mini-doc on the dark side of the iPhone 5S lines. And it’s hard to fault a guy who when offered $25,000 to make a promotional video for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty suggested that he instead take the money and use it on relief for victims of a catastrophic typhoon that had just hit the Philippines.

You can see more of his studio in this video tour made for Gizmodo:

Craft and creativity

Casey Neistat’s amazing workplace of which I am not at all jealous

‘Casey Neistat makes movies. Much of Neistat’s magic is concocted in a bright SoHo loft that is as every bit as weird and wonderful as his movies.’ — Gizmodo


In this fun and possibly useful tutorial, David Malki shows you how he constructed a teleprompter using nothing but the things he already had lying around.

“Did you know whenever you clip off the ends of zip ties you should make a wish? My wish is for them not to ricochet and hit me in the eyes, but you can wish for whatever you want. Oh, I don’t know if I should have told you my wish though…”

Life on the Internet

Following the herd: Online ‘likes’ multiply themselves

In ScienceNews:

When rating things online, people tend to follow the herd. A single random “like” can influence a comment’s score at a social news site, researchers report in the Aug. 9 issue of Science.

An unearned up vote packed a surprising punch. The first person to view a randomly liked comment was 32 percent more likely to rate it positively than to do the same with a comment that had received no vote. In the long run, boosted comments’ final scores were 25 percent higher than scores of untouched comments. Random negative votes did not affect a comment’s final rating because users compensated with extra up votes.
News in Brief: Online ‘likes’ multiply themselves – ScienceNews


Co.Create interviews Nick Douglas about his supercuts videos.

My friend Andy Baio, who coined the term and runs, told me that most editors use TV Tropes (my favorite site on the whole Internet). When New Yorker TV critic Emily Nussbaum tweeted that she wanted a supercut of TV characters saying “this isn’t a TV show, this is reality,” Bryan started with the TV Tropes page for that very phenomenon.