Sam Carr merges stunning, cinematic shots with emotionally-driven music that will make you feel something special inside.
Despite being relatively new to the world of YouTube, Sam Carr is creating some of the best content we have seen at TenEighty. His channel is filled with incredibly well-made videos with world-class cinematography that could easily be mistaken for shots from a big-budget film, and he’s only been producing content on the site for the past three years.
Sam started getting into YouTube in 2012 and has been producing content on the site since 2014, filming vlogs from a number of concerts that he attended. “My friends at school would tell me to start a channel and make videos so that’s kind of why I started. Something new to work on in my free time, as a hobby,” Sam recalls.
From the start, he was producing high-quality videos such as Winter Wonderland & The Vamps, but you can really see the progress that’s he’s made over the years and how his content has become world-class. Talking about the reasoning behind starting his channel, he says, “I wanted somewhere so that I could make short videos on some of my favourite memories or trips.
“Cinematic videos are definitely my favourite videos to watch so they’re always my favourite videos to make. Nothing beats the feeling of getting a killer shot that you’re very proud of and then adding it along with a good soundtrack!” he adds.
Each of Sam’s videos feels different, with a wide range of stunning cinematic shots that he clearly has put so much thought into, and the clever use of music to drive them, creating so many emotions for the audience. “I’ll note down that I’ll want a specific shot, but majority of the finished video will be what I’ve seen in the moment, and this just makes the entire process of it so fun and enjoyable for me,” he says.
His latest cinematic video, titled LONDON, has a stunning narative throughout which creates a feeling of home. He reveals that it’s his favourite video to date: “I’ve been working on it for a few months and it’s great to finally have it up! I’m from London but I’ve haven’t done a video on the city like that in a few years, so it was great to do a new one with the skills I’d developed since then.”
You can tell he’s put his heart and soul into creating this video, as he does with his others. They are full of passion and love and you can really feel that radiating from his channel.
In his five years of watching YouTube, he has found inspiration in a lot of different places. He’s made a number of friends within the community who, as well as inspiring him and his content, are also big fans of his work, giving him the motivation to drive himself more.
“My pal Becky [James] is literally smashing it right now,” he says, “and even though her content is pretty different to mine, I’ve never seen anyone work as hard as she does! It always inspires me to definitely push myself more.
“In terms of YouTube, I always say Jack and Finn [Harries],” he adds. “Even though they don’t upload much anymore, I loved their content back in the day. I do still follow them and I really like how they’ve gone into incredible careers so they’re definitely huge inspirations for me.
“I also really like Will Darbyshire and the style of his content. [His videos are] so chilled and relaxed but also very cinematic at the same time, and I would definitely say he inspires me a lot for my own content.”
Mentioning Connor Franta, he says: “He’s got a unique style and ambition that shows in his content as well, especially in his haul videos – another type [of video] that I like to make that’s different to the cinematic ones.”
Indeed, not all of Sam’s videos are cinematic – he’s made videos talking about his time in university and previous education, as well as lookbooks and try-on hauls, so there’s a lot of variety and something for everyone.
As he’s currently studying in his final year at university, who knows what the future holds for Sam’s content and what he can produce in the free time that will follow? “I haven’t had a break from education so I’m probably going to relax for a bit but put a lot more time into my channel and videos, so definitely bigger and better projects,” Sam says.
“I also can’t wait to go travelling more often! That is my favourite type of content to make so having more free time to go out and explore more places in the world is something I’m very excited about doing.”
He goes on to say that “eventually the goal is to maybe produce or direct a short film with a few friends – that would be the dream goal, so we’ll see what happens.”
Sam has so much potential to go places with his channel and his future content. With his level of talent, he’s going to keep climbing the ladder and growing in the community – and we’re very excited to see what the future holds for him!
For more incredible cinematography, plus cleverly-written spoken word, read our Channel Spotlight on Angela Innes. You can also check out our Video Spotlight on dodie’s Belfast adventure.
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