If you’re a millennial, chances are you love YouTube. However, there’s so much more to vloggers than what you see! ShayCarl Butler and Morgan Spurlock teamed up to reveal what really goes on in their new doc ‘Vlogumentary,’ and talked about it EXCLUSIVELY with HollywoodLife.com.
“It was a really long time in the making,”said ShayCarl Butler EXCLUSIVELY to HollywoodLife.com of his new documentary Vlogumentary, which was released after 3 years of work on Oct. 26. “Which is hard when your fans are used to a new video every day! When you say you’re working on a documentary they expect it in like two weeks, so when you have no idea when it will be done they get a little mad, and they’ll tweet you every single day asking about it.” Well they can stop asking, because the film celebrating the video hosting service is out now on YouTube Red!
The collaboration with Super Size Me filmmaker Morgan Spurlock follows the lives of popular YouTubers Charles Trippy, Alli Speed, Allie Wesenberg, Gaby Dunn, Mikey Murphy, and Shay’s own family called The Shaytards. While we watch these people grow and change over the years of their lives, they reveal that there was so much more to their story than what you saw. For example, Charles and Alli’s fans watched them fall in love and get married, but they never saw the negative effect that filming had on their relationship so they were shocked when the couple split.
Reliving these devastating moments was hard for Shay, who was very close with both Charles and Allie. “It’s weird sitting next to your best friend, watching him go through his divorce again,” he said of viewing the film at the Toronto Film Festival. “They were my best friends but I was friends with him first so it was hard, and reliving it next to him on film in a room full of people, it’s just emotional.”
On top of facing the harsh reality of life when you’re trying to record everything, the film delves into the fact that not every YouTuber is rolling in cash. YouTuber Gaby Dunn reveals that she often has to work as a Postmates driver to supplement her true passion of filming. Morgan can relate to that passion, admitting that he “loved her part of the film because I see a lot of myself in her.”
The film also follows a young up-and-comer named Mikey, who is hustling to make his career in YouTube what he wants it to be. Luckily, Morgan thinks his genuine relationship with fans will go a long way. “I think any time someone puts themselves in a documentary, it takes a tremendous amount of courage, and that’s what these vloggers do every day and it creates a really deep bond with their audience. That’s what makes them so successful.”
Shay and Morgan both believe that people who don’t understand the appeal of YouTube could learn a lot from watching Vlogumentary. “I think after this film you start to get it, you understand the attraction and why the fans are so connected to these people in such a deep and passionate way,” said Morgan. “Any kid whose mom or dad says ‘what are you doing, why are you wasting your time with this?’… you show them this movie, maybe they’ll start to get it.” We definitely do! You can watch the film right here on YouTube Red, now!
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