One of the hottest new documentaries in 2016 in Leonardo DiCaprio’s new film, Before the Flood. The documentary debuted in October 2016 on the National Geographic Channel. While films of this nature often don’t make such a stir, the directors and actors in the film made a few smart decisions that resonate wherever you make videos, whether it be YouTube or on Nat Geo.
No doubt there are a few things any YouTuber could learn from this documentary.
1. Have a clear presence in your own videos.
A critical part of Before the Flood, and any video with a clear narrator, is that the subject has a clear presence. At any part in the film, you are constantly either receiving information or being guided through the video by DiCaprio.
For such a megastar, this may come naturally, but for amateurs making videos, this concept still applies. If you want to make an impact on your viewers, and if you want them to remember you, your name, and your channel, make sure you have a clear presence in your videos.
2. Contemporary topics are key.
In the last decade, global warming has been one of the biggest controversies in politics. Understanding where the focus of the public is at all times is a vital part of making art and video.
Read up on the news, follow big social movers and social media, and talk around in person, too. All of these efforts keep you up-to-date on what people are talking and thinking about. Videos addressing these topics expectedly are much more popular than any out-of-date film.
3. Collect facts, evidence, and research.
In argument, there is a concept called “logos.” Logos is the way people are swayed in argument towards the side with clear, logical evidence. When you’re making videos, take this into consideration.
In Before The Flood, you see many assertions followed up with sound reasoning. DiCaprio even goes so far as to have an interview with the President of the United States. While your average YouTuber won’t be having meetings with world leaders, take note of the way facts and research can improve your standing.
Leonardo DiCaprio may be an Oscar-winning superstar, but the attributes of his work can be applied anywhere to improve the quality of content. As a YouTuber, take a moment to appreciate this documentary, and learn from it. Have a presence in your videos, be relevant, and support yourself with evidence.
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Sean Harris is a writer in the midwest US who plans on majoring in computer science or physics at college. He enjoys listening to music, blogging, and reading.