Casey Neisat – Practitioner

Casey Owen Neistat is an American YouTube personality, filmmaker, vlogger, and co-founder of the social media company Beme. Neistat and his brother, Van, are the creators of the HBO series The Neistat Brothers. His passion for film began in 2003 when he made a film called ‘iPods Dirty Secret’ which gained international exposure. In July 2008, HBO purchased an eight-episode television series, The Neistat Brothers, for just under $2 million. The series was produced by Casey and his brother Van Neistat. Hank Stuever of the Washington post noted ‘The Neistat’s exhibit enthusiasm for the life that you can’t help but love.’ Casey has been a “Youtuber” for 7 years. His first uploads were short films about the problems in New York city. From these films, Casey accumulated an audience who wanted more. In March 2015 Neistat went on to posting a video every single day. These videos would just document his day; whether he be travelling, working from home or out with the family etc. He then announced that he was going to stop this after releasing just over 700 videos. Neistat’s films are just original. They are unique and have such a disguising style. No other films are like his. His films feel somewhat homemade however they are so powerful and well constructed.  This homemade feel makes the audience responded to it completely differently, it gets you instantly hooked. I have chosen Casey as a practitioner for his raw passion for making real meaningful films. “Casey’s videos make people think, the evoke a unique reaction and truly inspire his audience every single time.” along with Casey brilliant work another truly inspiring thing about him is his work and outlook on life.

Despite being a film maker, he doesn’t agree with the education route to films. He starts this video with saying that it’s for ‘the haters, the doubters, my seventh grade vice principal and for anyone that’s told anyone with a dream that they can’t…this videos for you’. This connects with the audience as you then start to subconsciously feel bad as the direct address, you start to think. “was it me.” Which is great has the audience is instantly involved but then goes into his story and by the end of it you’re backing Casey with the thought I can do anything, the video makes you reflect on your life ad decisions in life. This video is telling you to do what people say you can’t. Casey very much uses his own life story: High school drop out at 15, father by 16. Part time job washing dishes with the world against him how could he be successful. This video shows you. Its almost like a tutorial, this is something I want my film to reflect. This video is utterly inspirational, and overall just works. Talks to the audience, they forget they are watching it, just feels like you’re having a 1 on 1 conversation.