So i recently discovered Vines, i had been hearing about them for a while, and come across a few, but had never actually seriously checked them out, until a few days ago, and all i can say is THEY ARE AWESOME. There are soooo many talented , hilarious people out there, so many.
These simple 15 second videos are so hilarious that i beleive SNL can learn a lot of lessons from these guys. Before it was YouTube celebrities, and while they still exist, i do believe these “Viners” as they call themselves are the shizz.
Most videos are hilarious portrayals of; thoughts that cross most of our minds, observations on society , relationships, racial or gender, stereotypes and so much more.
Aside enjoying the videos so much that i watched compilation vids for almost 2 hours straight, there are a few things that i observed
For what is mostly amateur work, shot mostly on mobile phones, there is a pretty good standard of work . Good shot composition, editing that adds to the comedic narrative, in several cases, some special effects . Brilliant comedic timing.
Many viners who may have 1m+ subscribers of their own, come together and do vines together, sometimes you may see 3-5 popular viners appear in a skit together. There’s no ego, or hogging the spotlight, they all do their part to make the most hilarious vine possible, even though they all have mega individual followings. Now , maybe behind the scenes there is chaos, but as a viewer, i enjoy seeing several of them come together, and from the numerous collaborations, it seems they enjoy making them as i do watching them.
Watching these vines taught me a few things
-While as individuals we can make great work, collaboration can not only make something better, but the combined strenght can create a greater reach
– The story should take priority , not the effizi that you want to show, or any egos that are looking to be massaged, make the best product for your audience.
– Editing , Compostion and timing. These guys make skits that are funnier than a lot of the stuff professional, highly funded sketch shows put out. With the little resources they make funnier content worth my time than some shows with better equipment.
-Time,Pacing- These Viners working with the 15 second clock,have mastered what screenwriting teachers preach, “Get in late, Leave early” . Dont linger on a scene or shot because it looks cool, but doesnt serve the story; as they say “kill your darlings”. Some things need to hit the cutting room floor for the sake of the entire story.
Now , excuse me, as they say laughter is the best medicine, im going in for a heavy dose prescription