Take a peak behind the curtain…
Have you ever wondered how some of your favourite YouTube content came to be? Well, now’s your chance! With this Five of the Best, we’re taking a look at how a variety of different types of YouTube videos are made, all by some of our favourite creators. It’s a fascinating deep dive that’ll lead you down a rabbit hole of no return. So sit back, relax, and enjoy this look backstage.
It’s time for our Five of the Best: Behind the Scenes Videos!
West End Dressing Room Tour | Veronica Vlogs | Carrie Hope Fletcher
For the first video, we’re taking a very literal definition of a “behind the scenes” video. Carrie Hope Fletcher has spent most of her career acting on the West End and recently starred as Veronica Sawyer in the musical Heathers at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
In this video, Carrie gives us a behind the scenes look at the show. From production rehearsals, to a dressing room that’s nicer than most student houses and acting traditions, like signing the dressing table drawer and “ghost lights”, it’s a fascinating look at Carrie’s job. Definitely one we’ve been keen to see!
dodie – Intertwined | Making Of | Guy Larsen
A veritable who’s-who of the production and direction side of British YouTube, this video shows how art director Guy Larsen, along with Sammy Paul, Matt Ley, Chloe Dungate and Ciaran OBrien, created the surreal and hauntingly beautiful video for dodie‘s 2017 single, Intertwined.
Covering everything from the intricate detail of the dollhouse set and creating the various “characters”, to how they achieved the dramatic final shot of the video, Guy’s clean and informative editing style throughout this video gives you a newfound appreciation for the work that goes into creating a music video.
Last Week I Got A Dog | DarkSquidge
While “behind the scenes” brings to mind short films and music videos, YouTube has always been a place where creators have shared their lives, and no one did it better than Tom Ridgewell with his Last Week series. Although it recently evolved into Last Month, Tom’s behind the scenes look at the everyday life of being a YouTuber is hilarious, honest and insightful in equal measure. The view of each other we see online can often be overly sanitised and idealised, but Tom shows everything. As such Last Week was (and still is) a must-watch.
We could have picked any number of different videos from the series, like the one where we went behind the scenes on First Contact, but we picked this one because, let’s face it, Squidge is adorable.
TICK WHERE IT HURTS – Making of (2014) | Bertie Gilbert
A more technical video, here we see how Bertie, with another appearance by Ciaran, directed his third short film. With some of the tricks of the trade of independent film making, like rigging up lighting, make up and sound design, it’s accessible, entertaining and a must see for any budding filmmakers looking for inspiration and insight.
900,000 SUBSCRIBER SPECIAL | Behind the Scenes of Jack | jacksepticeye
Although it’s been five years and over 20 million subscribers since Sean McLoughlin uploaded this video, it’s still interesting to see how he got started. When compared to his more recent setup video from a couple of years ago, the equipment is more basic and the methods less polished, but it is still a valuable look into how a Let’s Play gets made.
If you’ve ever wondered how to sync your audio, film the perfect facecam or get the most out of your mic setup, this is the video for you!
So there you have it…
Our Five of the Best: Behind the Scenes Videos! Be it recording setups, lighting rigs, dressing rooms or even copious amounts of fake blood, it’s always interesting to see how our favourite videos get made. We hope you all learned something today!
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