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The Neistat Brothers move from online to primetime on HBO.

Casey and Van: The Neistats (previously "discussed" on Metafilter) are well known online for their discursive and whimsical style of pithy, autobiographical films. But will their cheaply made home-movies play well on a national network? Executive Producer Tom Scott (New Media Mogul and founder of Nantucket Nectars) thinks so.
posted by Potomac Avenue (9 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

 
Having no idea who these guys were, I saw the listing for their show on HBO OnDemand the other night. I checked out the first two episodes. It's not too shabby for what it is. Reality TV with a pulse, a narrative and less forced drama. This is a good thing.

On the other hand - it's another reality show about some people I've never heard of. I give them kudos for style, and certainly moreso for having relevance beyond "I was on a talentless reality show", but maybe I'd need to really dig their work to follow the show for any length of time.
posted by revmitcz at 5:18 PM on June 26, 2010


Neistat Brother's Dirty Little Secret: Insufferable hipsters (and probably NYU film students too) with a video camera and a copy of Final Cut Pro.

How the managed to wrangle airtime on a network that's given us Tru Blood, Deadwood, Six Feet Under, and The Sopranos is a mystery. I predict craptastic ratings. At least Lucky Louie was usually funny.
posted by mrbarrett.com at 5:20 PM on June 26, 2010


That chatroulette video was really pleasant. It kind of felt like a Sesame Street segment for adults.
posted by Greg Nog at 5:30 PM on June 26, 2010


In this ideal world of DIY, we are all young and creative urban guerrillas maxing out our credit cards with new computers and movie cameras, telling stories, working on projects and having "adventures"

Yeah, this is a really good message to be sending to twenty-somethings looking for a job right now. I'm all for escapism, but fuck these guys.
posted by uri at 5:50 PM on June 26, 2010 [2 favorites]


i agree i think it is a great message to send to the youth -- work hard at what you love and give it away, and eventually, despite great hardship it's still possible that folks with money will take notice and fund your visions! Or is that not what you meant?
posted by Potomac Avenue at 5:58 PM on June 26, 2010


That is exactly what I meant.

I'm solidly in Mike Rowe's camp on this one.
posted by uri at 6:10 PM on June 26, 2010


Yeah, this is a really good message to be sending to twenty-somethings looking for a job right now. I'm all for escapism, but fuck these guys.

seriously? wtf is wrong with you people.
posted by empath at 6:17 PM on June 26, 2010


i agree i think it is a great message to send to the youth -- work hard at what you love and give it away, and eventually, despite great hardship it's still possible that folks with money will take notice and fund your visions! Or is that not what you meant?

I think if it comes with the disclaimer of "don't hold your fuckin' breath," sure. A better message might be to work hard at what you love because you love it. Hell, there barely even are folks with money anymore.
posted by kittens for breakfast at 6:21 PM on June 26, 2010 [2 favorites]


Yeah, what? How is this hate worthy?

Although, that is the least portable DVD player I've ever seen.
posted by cmoj at 6:22 PM on June 26, 2010


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