How many of you under 30 have heard of an app called Beme? It's a photo-sharing app developed by the young film-maker Casey Neistat who shows his extensive body of work mainly on YouTube. As an avid follower of his vlog for the past year, I can see how he has influenced film-making and how he has tapped into the hearts of young visual learners.
Look on YouTube and you see a multiplicity of Neistat copycats and some of them are quite good. Why is this important?
This new generation of film-makers are opening up a new channel of communication for anybody with something to say or share. It's something that can be used by everybody from local city council members, to state legislators, churches, students and just about everybody else. I get it.
That's where Beme comes in. Install it on your iPhone, open the app, hold the phone to your chest or cover up the top sensor on the screen side and it automatically takes four seconds of video. You can keep on taking these video chunks which are processed at Beme headquarters. Your video stays up for a short period of time and then is deleted.
Have I mastered it? No. But I'd like to use it more and get better with my camera skills and my ability to narrate what I'm seeing.
With his YouTube vlogs, Neistat has built a world-wide community, mostly those under 40, I'd guess. How old am I?
I will be 70 next August. By the way, my Beme name is west846.
Below is a Beme I took a few days ago when my wife and I did an early morning walk in our neighborhood. No narration. I have to practice and become more confident with that.