YouTube Reality Actors

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There have been these YouTube productions for awhile where actors create these "looks real to me" type clips which sometimes go viral and sometimes do not. Classic example is the "I love cats!" lady:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTTwcCVajAc

It wasn't a real eHarmony ad. It was an actress putting on a goof. Nevertheless, even the most hardened Internet audience member (such as myself) had to ask at the time, "Well, maybe?"

(She's got some other funny videos. I like this one:)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiUYjdBlId0

Sometimes you want so badly for something to be real that you pretend to miss the signs that it's not. I posted this fedora clip to the fedora thread last night:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfOuJ93sIog

Turns out, we might just have a budding comedian on our hands! You all will like this one, it's eGamer Calum!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDsj3o9s8Cs

All of this leads up to the last example. I didn't want to post this after I first saw it because, boy, it's a bit raw. The primal scream of pain in this video, the abuse, the pathetic loner, the sadistic family members... I didn't feel right re-posting it for all my internet buddies even though I did watch the entire thing twice.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EglOsfErtaE

But wait... Rigid Studios?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AUoJXh4Q6U

Everything about this series rings true... the dog in the hallway, the shitty cozy Midwestern Americana wallpaper decor, the ceiling fans. But it's a put on. Right?

http://stream1.gifsoup.com/webroot/animatedgifs/180188_o.gif

What are some more of these seem-so-real-but-they're-totally-fake videos on YouTube? Where are they going with this? Are they aiming to go viral? Do the production crews want people to think they're real? Are there any that are real?

You tell me.

pplains, Monday, 25 August 2014 00:17 (seven years ago) link

it'll turn out jenna marbles was a cosmetics industry plant the whole time

imago, Monday, 25 August 2014 08:52 (seven years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YersIyzsOpc

am0n, Monday, 25 August 2014 14:24 (seven years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzAufWvuXEk

am0n, Monday, 25 August 2014 14:26 (seven years ago) link

Going with Fake in Video #1, not sure in Video #2. Sorry, I don't watch a lot of foreign films.

pplains, Monday, 25 August 2014 14:35 (seven years ago) link

http://agk.wikia.com/wiki/The_History_of_Leopold_Slikk

am0n, Monday, 25 August 2014 14:42 (seven years ago) link

These portrayers of insanity are really letting some demons out.

pplains, Monday, 25 August 2014 14:47 (seven years ago) link

delightfully rambling essay on the aesthetics of vlogs (h/t s1ocki)

https://medium.com/message/the-american-room-3fce9b2b98c5

― °ㅇ๐ْ ° (gr8080), Wednesday, July 30, 2014 11:00 AM (3 weeks ago)

╲╱\/╲/\╱╲╱\/\ (gr8080), Monday, 25 August 2014 15:03 (seven years ago) link

^^pp i think you'd enjoy that if you havent read already

╲╱\/╲/\╱╲╱\/\ (gr8080), Monday, 25 August 2014 15:03 (seven years ago) link

Is this real or fake?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIn4L7hUmUI

, Monday, 25 August 2014 15:13 (seven years ago) link

the craziest thing i have witnessed lately is on the PS4 where people can have their own live video channels and they sit on their couch and respond to comments people have left online and they do this for hours as their family walks around behind them and yells and fights and goes about their business while this one family member stares at his t.v. on the couch and answers rude questions and you stare at them doing it. its the ultimate in...something. keep waiting to see a murder. but if you want to see tedious american drab in all its glory it's better than an arthouse doc. if only warhol had lived to see it.

sorry, this is not the same thing. didn't know where to mention it...

scott seward, Monday, 25 August 2014 15:21 (seven years ago) link

The "Angry German kid" video is as fake as that biography of "Leopold Slikk" is.

Three Word Username, Monday, 25 August 2014 15:24 (seven years ago) link

scott post an example?

am0n, Monday, 25 August 2014 15:51 (seven years ago) link

Yeah vid game streaming a la twitch is next level

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Monday, 25 August 2014 15:54 (seven years ago) link

And to fit that post on this thread they even have fake vid game livestreamers, like a dude who will pretend to enjoy playing a bridge building sim for a month

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Monday, 25 August 2014 15:57 (seven years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0cZUSKOcZk

Twitchin'

pplains, Monday, 25 August 2014 16:55 (seven years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1ZY9fZOPx8

scott seward, Monday, 25 August 2014 17:06 (seven years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRSPJsFXfmU

scott seward, Monday, 25 August 2014 17:11 (seven years ago) link

delightfully rambling essay on the aesthetics of vlogs (h/t s1ocki)

https://medium.com/message/the-american-room-3fce9b2b98c5

― °ㅇ๐ْ ° (gr8080), Wednesday, July 30, 2014 11:00 AM (3 weeks ago)

Good article. One notable exception to the off-white walls:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7g96bLbg2k

pplains, Monday, 25 August 2014 18:33 (seven years ago) link

true classic

╲╱\/╲/\╱╲╱\/\ (gr8080), Monday, 25 August 2014 18:56 (seven years ago) link

Back to Psycho Dad Breaks XBox in my op ... the framing used when Dad's truck pulls past the window at 1:01 is something that would be CGIed by a real studio.

I'm sorta glad that it's not a real family though. I think.

pplains, Monday, 25 August 2014 19:00 (seven years ago) link

Do people still use real wood fireplaces

, Monday, 25 August 2014 19:06 (seven years ago) link

yes

╲╱\/╲/\╱╲╱\/\ (gr8080), Monday, 25 August 2014 19:10 (seven years ago) link

three weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdDfF4hXfj4

I can't tell

, Monday, 15 September 2014 16:38 (seven years ago) link

Gonna try this on the cats later.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RP_PlV5Jzuc

pplains, Monday, 15 September 2014 16:44 (seven years ago) link


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