Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Favorite Videos of 2015: Day 19: Must Contain One Uppercase Letter

Sorry you had to come back.
If you thought I skipped yesterday, you'd be dead wrong. It's right here.
Today's video is Must Contain One Uppercase Letter from communitychannel.

Speaking recently of William Haynes and relatability, Natalie Tran only seems like the proper follow-up. Her videos are centered around small aspects of day-to-day life and first world problems, representing them through extremely drawn-out scenarios.
In this case, it's the classic password box and its insistence on making an uncrackable (but unmemorable) password.
Each part of the video is broken down through an over-the-top dramatization, such as the necessity to wear a scarf and to have not read any Buzzfeed articles in the past 24 hours ("Well that's impossible. They trick me, and they have very catchy titles.")  or the suggestion that they should use much more specific, degrading questions for the password recovery ("'How old were you when you lost your virginity?' 18. 'How old were you when you really lost your virginity?' ...27.")
I feel as if it's the proper approach to making personal videos. While I could sit down and watch a twenty-something ramble incessantly whilst staring at the camera like a deer in the headlights, it's much more enjoyable with segments added in to illustrate the point. In addition, it's not just "Oh my god, I hate passwords!". It's smart, thought-out humor with a heart, and in filmmaking 101, that matters a lot.
For a complete list of the videos featured thus far, click here. (It gets updated daily.)

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