Behind The Scenes Conversations

Module 1
Behind the Scenes Conversations

How to Brainstorm Ideas like a Pro
27m42s

Learn how to have an effective brainstorm, how to make it fun, and how to execute on your ideas without getting sidetracked.

How To Have An Effective Brainstorm
Worksheet

A detailed breakdown of the advice, steps, and strategies you learned in the "How to Brainstorm Ideas like a Pro" podcast.

Should You Use Illegal Software?
10m51s

Kong and Jesse share places to get music, the pros and cons of pirating editing software, and how to collaborate effectively on video ideas. Show notes: YouTube Music Library - https://youtube.com/audiolibrary/music Incompetech - https://incompetech.com AudioJungle - https://audiojungle.net Guide to editing software - https://redd.it/19v6u5/ YouTubers: FreddieW - https://youtube.com/freddiew RackaRacka - https://youtube.com/Therackaracka

5 Rookie Content Creator Mistakes
21m16s

Vitaly and Kong discuss the most common mistakes they see newbie content creators make. Avoid these and you'll save yourself months of wasted effort.

Go Viral Without Showing Your Face
8m55s

Kong and Jesse discuss two viral videos and stress the importance of good writing. Both videos highlight YouTubers who used b-roll and voiceover in very different ways to achieve success. Show notes: Videos Reviewed: 27 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLRLYPiaAoA Gone Girl — Don't Underestimate the Screenwriter - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CF3lFPW4E1o Channels Mentioned: Every Frame a Painting - http://youtube.com/everyframeapainting Nerd Writer - https://www.youtube.com/nerdwriter1

The Best Way to Title & Tag Your Videos
10m44s

Video titles play a huge role in getting people to click on your video. And if they click, they watch, and you end up with more subscribers. Learn the best way to title, tag, and describe your videos to get the most views. Show notes: Phillip DeFranco - https://www.youtube.com/philipdefranco

Avoid These Vlogging Mistakes
13m18s

Kong and Jesse review a video from Viral Academy student Artemus Studios and discuss how he can elevate his vlogs with his unique editing skills. Show notes: Haters Ruin Dreams/Passions, Fought My Neighbor!!! - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3IHAtwyQXo"

Should You Give Up on Creating a Gaming Channel?
9m3s

Kong and Jesse explain how to film without a cameraman, where to meet other filmmakers, and whether there's any room for new gamers on YouTube. Hint: There is. Show notes: VideoGameDunkey - https://www.youtube.com/user/videogamedunkey

Leveraging Fandoms into YouTube Subscribers
8m7s

Kong and Jesse review a video of a cover song created by a Viral Academy student and give advice on how to best leverage existing fanbases to your benefit. Show notes: 10 Second Songs - https://www.youtube.com/user/TenSecondSongs

Never Upload Bad Audio Again
3m42s

Kong demonstrates a few quick and easy tricks to improve lighting and sound with household objects you already own.

How to Hook Your Viewers
11m26s

Kong and Jesse watch and do a video breakdown of Wendover Productions and You Suck at Cooking to demonstrate the power of creating unique hooks in your content. Show notes: Wendoverproductions - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9RM-iSvTu1uPJb8X5yp3EQ You Suck At Cooking - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCekQr9znsk2vWxBo3YiLq2w

Branding Your Channel
12m27s

Aryia and Sean breakdown a video by Viral Academy user ZekeDegraw and give him advice on how to improve his content, optimize his channel, and create a strong brand that will compel people to return for more. Show notes: Lessons from Think and Grow Rich that Conor McGregor used to build his success - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1zNu9l7psE VidIQ Plugin - http://vidiq.com/apps/vision/

Building To A Moment
10m40s

Aryia and Sean breakdown "The White Room" by sketch comedy group Chris & Jack to demonstrate how twists and conflict lead to shares and virality. Show notes: The White Room - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjtQSMe0VeI

Injecting Your Personality Into Content
10m51s

Aryia and Sean review Jumpcut Academy user channel "Let's Catch Up" to see how a great concept can be elevated by infusing your personality into the content. Show notes: Let's Catch Up - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KX_HLH5Xb80 Philip DeFranco - https://www.youtube.com/philipdefranco

Playing Against Expectations
12m10s

Aryia and Sean breakdown viral sensation "Rich Chigga" and how to use perception to stand out from the crowd. Show notes: Rich Chigga "Dat $tick" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzc3_b_KnHc Lil Dicky - https://www.youtube.com/user/LilDickyRap Vid IQ Plugin - http://vidiq.com/apps/vision Ok Go - "Here it Goes Again" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTAAsCNK7RA Mac Miller "Nikes On My Feet" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-rqu-hjobc

Finding Your Voice
10m51s

Aryia and Sean breakdown a travel vlog from Jumpcut Academy user DiscoverWithDima to teach you how your role models can help you find your voice. Show notes: Independence Day Weekend in Chicago - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmtZx5CUAhc Vitalyzdtv - http://www.youtube.com/vitalyzdtv KassemG - http://www.youtube.com/kassemg Simple Pickup - http://www.youtube.com/simplepickup Casey Neistat - https://www.youtube.com/caseyneistat

Heightening Your Content
12m44s

Bart and Joe teach you how to heighten and build in storytelling to your videos to make them super compelling. Show notes: A DRUNKEN TALE - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2EOPoFJWZw

Finding Rhythm and Pace
8m17s

Bart and Joe break down a Viral Academy student's sketch on how to "text like a fuckboy" and give tips on how to improve the video. Show Notes: "text like a fuckboy" has since been made private since we filmed this episode.

One Video, One Million Subs: Melvin Gregg's Story
34m25s

Viner Melvin Gregg shares his journey from zero to 10 million fans, and discusses how it only takes that "one" piece of content to make it big on any platform. Vine - https://vine.co/MelvinGregg Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/MelvinGregg88/ Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/melvingregg/ YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/user/Mgreg014/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/MelvinGregg

Turning Good Videos Into Great Videos
7m24s

Bart and Joe breakdown Viral Academy student GuitarZero2Hero's channel to show how a few tweaks can make all the difference in taking a channel to the next level. Show notes: Top 7 Red Hot Chili Peppers Guitar Riffs - Guitar Tutorial Lesson - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=465z9XV_rpE

Using Your Physicality
13m40s

Bart and Joe breakdown Viral Academy student Wuzical the Muzical's content to demonstrate how someone can use their physicality to create more humor. Show notes: Wuzical the Muzical - Things I Hate About Summer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSCd8_olsUU

Grounding Your Comedy
13m27s

David So and Sean watch Viral Academy student Melik Prum's content and give him advice on how to enhance his sketch "When Watching the Olympics." Show notes: Melik Prum - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zc6Ki2x1kUs Key and Peele - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fu73ng-W60o

Your Set Is A Character
7m5s

David So and Sean watch Viral Academy student DelPaueTv and give her pointers on how to take her great content and enhance it with set design. Show notes: DelPaueTV - I'M PREGNANT - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4nhXgTjBp4

If You're Gonna Be Weird, Go 100% Weird
16m12s

David So and Sean watch Viral Academy student RileyNapord and give him advice on how to make the most out of an amusing concept. Show notes: TRAVEL HACK: Fresh Smelling Clothes - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVcsMY7jRHw HowToBasic: https://www.youtube.com/HowToBasic FilthyFrank: https://www.youtube.com/TVFilthyFrank

To Be Memorable, Be Specific
11m29s

David So and Sean watch Viral Academy student Veng and give her tips on how to improve her vlogs and topics of discussion. Show notes: THINGS ASIAN PARENTS DO - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I75hAfOOxTE Shit Asian Mothers Do - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3mCRUQZhAU EOS Remote App for iOs - https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/eos-remote/id565839396?mt=8 EOS Remote App for Android - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.co.canon.ic.eos.eosremote&hl=en

Editing For Impact
6m56s

Vitaly and Aryia watch Viral Academy student UK Bling's "Old Man Disturbing the Peace" prank and give him pointers on how to take a good video concept and make it viral. Show notes: Old Man Disturbing Peace in Macdonalds Jackass Bad Grandpa Prank - UKBLING UK BLING - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDkiHVc206I

Remixing Viral Videos
4m51s

Vitaly and Aryia watch Viral Academy student Mister Boston rap a Pokemon song using samples from a Brizzy Voices video. Learn how to remix viral videos to take your content to the next level. Show notes: Pokemon Go Rap Song (ft. Brizzy Voices) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONeVfmrK7Bk 151 POKEMON GO CRIES - VOICE IMPRESSIONS - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uyV-nrfD04

How One JA Member Grew to 300k Followers in Less than 3 Weeks
35m48s

Viral Academy member Markian Benhamou grew his Facebook following to nearly 300,000 likes in just a few weeks using the Growth Hack Facebook course. Jesse sat down with him to find out how he was able to take action and achieve such amazing results. FB: https://www.facebook.com/markianbenhamou1998 YT: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi1ynaf3mWz-mgim7LvqjzQ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/markianb/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/markianbenhamou?lang=en

Pushing The Boundaries
6m50s

Vitaly and Aryia watch Viral Academy user JustNaderTV and give advice on how to take a prank concept and turn it up a few notches for additional views. Show notes: Public Poetry Reading Prank - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=boZKb0qC0mo Coming on Too Strong to Girls - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hEWf_YlE30

Does Clickbait Work?
8m14s

Vitaly and Aryia watch Viral Academy user Call Me Red and give insight on whether or not clickbait thumbnails and titles drive more traffic. Show notes: Don't You Just Hate How... - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktfsltaM2HY