Michael Kaplanis creating video essays
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By contributing a dollar per video, you can get access to all my exclusive patreon content (which I plan to start posting in the next few months). This can include vlog extensions to my video essays (I'll call these Bonus Claps), movie reviews, short story readings, mini essays, short films, etc etc etc. If a fraction of my subscribers contributed a dollar per video, I'd be able make new content every week.
Ok in all honesty I don't have any big-time prizes for the $3 donors yet. I may in the future, but for now I just wanted to put another tier here for those who have quite a bit of financial security, but aren't crazy enough to pledge $7 per video. Obviously I'm completely elated every time I get a new patron, whether it's for $1 or $50, but...yeah...$3 would be nice too ¯ \_(ツ)_/¯
I will watch any movie you recommend. I cannot guarantee I will make a video on it, because that would be against the ethics of the video essay community, but I can guarantee I'll send you my thoughts on it. And of course there's always the possibility it'll spark my interest and I'll make a video.
About Michael Kaplan
First of all, thank you thank you thank you for even considering donating to my Patreon. The fact that I might be able to create content full-time based on all your donations is humbling, inspiring, and, frankly, shocking. I've always gotten a kick out of the little projects I've worked on, whether writing stories, making movies, or editing videos, but the fact that someone else might get a kick out of all this feels like a true blessing. So, again, thank you.
Why I make video essays
Why I make video essays
I’ve started this video essay channel for one reason: I love making video essays. It’s as simple as that. I like watching things and looking for trends and themes. I like learning in depth about subjects I’ve only vaguely considered. I like turning my thoughts into video matter with snazzy animations and connecting with people on YouTube. To me, video essays are just another way to communicate what I’m feeling, and the fact that full communities can form around that communication, to me, is a very special thing. Whenever I make something that resonates with others, whether with 5 people or 50,000, my whole life gets a lot brighter and bubblier.
Why I’m asking for money
Sadly, these essays take about 40-70 hours each, which I know sounds absurd and excessive, but between the script writing, the recording, the sound editing, the clip finding, the animating, the assembly, the revision process, and the final touches, it's a whole lot of work. I am currently working as a full-time video editor and hiring a freelancer for my videos (not the script or direction, just the animation and editing). At the moment I simply don't have time to make content all that often, but if I were to get a dollar from just half of my subscribers, I could quit my job and make high quality content full time. If you’d like to help out but don’t have much, even just a dollar can really help.
Who Am I
Outside of the video essay world, I'm an aspiring filmmaker and writer, currently working on my first collection of short stories. If you'd like to watch a weird short film I made, you can check it out here. Or if you'd like to read a couple stories I've had published online, you can check them out here and here. Beyond that, not much to say…I’m mostly just flesh and bones with some meat between the ears. If you want to help me do this more consistently, feel free to throw a few bucks per video. If not, no worries. Much love, Michael
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It would be an absolute dream to support myself through Patreon and focus fully on video essays. Every time I see a new pledge in my email inbox, even if it's just a dollar or two, I get a profound sense of validation, encouragement, and just pure joy. To anyone who contributes to those feelings, who supports my daily work on this channel, I can't put into words how grateful I am.