One of the things that I'm virtually always thinking about is how to be different. And I'm not talking about generic, angsty, stand-out-from-the-crowd "different" but the kind of different--on YouTube--that when you see it, it makes you stop in your tracks.
It's such a constant thought process (literally, it's a daily if not hourly activity) that I oft times just get completely sick of myself. There's no such thing as something different so there's no point in trying. And even if I do come up with something marginally unique, hardly anyone will see it in the first place.
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Nevertheless, a few years ago I named something that was original to me. I say it was original to me because it wasn't original on YouTube--it hadn't gotten all that much play at the time (it still hasn't), but it still wasn't brand-fucking-new.
I call it "Neo-Mono".
Like I talked about earlier, I've always rather hated vlogs. I hated the lack of creativity and the void of conflict and interesting story. There was potential, however. All someone would have to do is to, you know, WRITE a story.
So, instead of sitting in front of a camera and spewing a random monologue on your daily events, you would perform a scripted story that was crafted to take careful advantage of the allotted time.
This is what I called the "Neo-Mono" style.
And you're already rather familiar with it. While my recent post from Cal Winters' story is a textbook example of the style, most of you are probably more intimate with Apocablog.
The concept is simple: it's after-the-fact storytelling, done in character. In the past, I've also done the original four episodes of Zaphod Zombie as a neo-mono show; I developed a dust-obsessed serial killer character named Cecil (which might be returning after Cal Winters); the original Beanie Boy vlogs were neo-mono; and there were even some projects on my old channel, albeit unfinished, that reveled in the style.
So now that you know what it is, what's your concept for an original Neo-Mono show? Something along the lines of Apocablog? Or maybe something about a character so obsessed with pirates that he lives his life (goes to work, school, dates) AS a pirate?
The anguished musings of a jack-of-all trades creative professional based out of Longwood, Florida. Find out more about him here. You know, if that's your 'thing'.
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