The guys from Almost Cool Films have created some of your favorite sketches on YouTube. We chatted with them about all that goes into creating their videos, and they even gave advice on how to start a YouTube Channel!
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What made you decide to start a YouTube Channel?
Almost Cool: The main reason we started a YouTube channel was to continue making sketches and short films after film school. When I (Almog) graduated from film school at Chapman University, I wanted to stay as creative as possible by writing, directing, and editing my own content. Now that I had time on my hands, I talked to my friend and roommate Tom and we decided to make the web series Long Story Short and began posting it on YouTube. It was originally done with the intention of just using the platform for sharing our videos with friends and family, but soon we realized that there’s an opportunity to grow an audience and we decided to make videos more regularly. Chase and Heston then joined the Almost Cool team as well and we all continued to make videos together to expand the channel.
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Where do you get inspiration for your videos?
We get inspiration for our videos from a few places. For the style of our shows, we draw from the quick pace of successful vlogs on YouTube, along with hilarious narrative shows like Bref. Our stories are inspired by the awkward encounters we’ve all had in high school and in college; some of the stories in our shows Long Story Short and Wiener vs. Brain have actually happened to us at some point. We try to take those bad experiences and turn them into something uncomfortably hilarious to watch.
What’s the most challenging thing about writing comedy?
The most challenging thing about writing comedy is keeping things fresh. In a web series that has a consistent format it’s important to change up some elements to keep it unexpected and funny, and sometimes that gets difficult to do. It’s also important to find the balance between what is funny to us, and what would be funny to a bigger audience.
What advice do you have for others that want to start a YouTube Channel?
This may sound like a cliché (and we don’t mean to quote Nike here), but just do it! It is so easy now to get your hands on a camera and film yourself doing or talking about whatever you’re passionate about. If you have something new or important to say, YouTube is such an easy platform to do it on. The important things to consider when starting your own channel are knowing what type of channel you want it to be, and posting as consistently as possible. Sometimes that’s hard to do (as we ourselves have found out), but if you’re passionate enough about it you can make it possible.