Please Subscribe: A Documentary About YouTubers
It's been awhile since I've talked about movies on my blog or either of my channels, and recently after watching a documentary on Netflix, you could say I felt inspired.
YouTube has been around for awhile, but I still think it's underrepresented in mainstream media. I guess that's part of what I love about it: it's sort of like an underground, secret society. With that said, I think there is more talent on YouTube than most major television networks, so I'm an advocate for giving the platform some recognition. That's exactly what Please Subscribe aims to do.
Shot, edited, and directed by Dan Dobi, Please Subscribe gives viewers a peek into the lives of eight successful YouTubers, from Wheezy Waiter to Grace Helbig. If you're already keen to the YouTube world, you're probably not going to hear anything that surprises you, but watching other YouTubers in action certainly is interesting.
I think my view is a bit skewed since I am a content creator myself, and I'm sure anyone who isn't surrounded by YouTube 24/7 would be fascinated by the film. I, however, thought that it fell a bit short. Not because it was bad - in fact, I thought it was gorgeously shot and edited, with few real flaws I could point out. I think it fell short because it followed one specific type of YouTuber, and that's it. All of the creators interviewed had huge audiences, fell into the "entertainment" end of YouTube, and considered YouTube their career.
While I think those are admirable and interesting kinds of people to target, why not include a few other types of YouTubers? That's what makes this platform so interesting. I'm not entirely sure how he recruited for the film, but I think he missed a huge opportunity on the beauty/fashion side of things. Heck, the YouTube beauty community has spawned an entire convention! Bethany Mota's on Dancing With the Stars! It's serious business.
With that said, I did enjoy this film. Show it to your friends who don't understand what you do, to your professors who doubt your business plan, or just watch it for some laughs. I liked it, but there's definitely room for another YouTube documentary.
Maybe I'll make it. :P