February 15, 2017 at 9:05PM


Why is Casey Neistat Important to Filmmakers?

Everywhere I go online, there is someone praising Casey Neistat as someone upcoming filmmakers should learn from. Even on NFS, his name comes up all the time. I hate to sound like a hater, but I don't get it. He is a good model for someone who wants to be a blogger. But for someone who wants a serious career in film? I'm lost. Why is he important to filmmaking? And if possible, please leave some links of his quintessential viewing for filmmakers. Please make me understand why I should be studying Casey instead of Kubrick.


I think you hit the nail on the head. Casey IS a great model for vloggers because he's introduced a sophistication to the medium that was previously lacking. I love his run-and-gun style of storytelling, which is perfect for his 10+ minute YouTube movies, but to try and sustain that over 90-120 minutes? I don't think so.

That said, I do wonder about the impact of smartphones, YouTube and social media on feature filmmaking. As our attention spans continue to grow smaller and we continue to watch more content on phones and tablets (not the mention the lowering of obstacles and gate keepers to getting filmed content produced and distributed), how will this impact the film industry and our collective appetite for movies? This, to me, is a watershed moment, and to hear people hailing people like Casey Neistat as the harbingers of a new style of movie making makes sense. I just hope they're wrong.

February 17, 2017 at 4:46PM, Edited February 17, 4:46PM


For me I love the pace and precision of his editing style.

February 17, 2017 at 4:54PM, Edited February 17, 4:54PM

Michael Militscher
Director / Commercial Producer

Casey is like a beacon because of his ability to construct a story and make it flow every day as well ask keeping it interesting enough for you to sit down and wait for your notification to go off to see what he did with his day.

February 20, 2017 at 4:57PM

Wentworth Kelly
Director/DP/Colorist/Drone Op

Casey is a great reminder that story is more important than equipment. I was very impressed and motivated to get off my butt to create more when he set out the goal of posting a video, every day, for a year. After a year, he called it quits - but not without securing a lucrative deal to create more videos in the process. I think It's a combination of his shooting/editing style and his personality that have launched him to stardom.

February 20, 2017 at 9:15PM, Edited February 20, 9:16PM

Myke Scaffidi

Eventually, I'll be curious what he could do with a 90min pre-scripted narrative, if he ever gets the opportunity or chooses to do it. His style works very well for what he does, short & snappy, reality/real life/doc experiences. But that doesn't always translate.

It's more about him, his personality and him motivating those watching, even if he doesn't mean to.

February 23, 2017 at 8:12AM, Edited February 23, 8:12AM

Motion Designer/Predator

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