Watch: Project:Library

Youtubers are no longer content to sit and make vlogs, they’re increasingly creating high quality short films and web series. Take for instance Charlie McDonnell’s Tea Chronicles, or the new offering from a group of British Youtubers, Project:Library.

Project: Library was created by TimH and Mike Cannon, and written by the creators, as well as Benjamin Cook (of Becoming Youtube fame) and Jack Howard.

Tag lined “An action movie. With books!”, the series follows the story of a library on the brink of closure who discover that a book was borrowed in 1989 and never returned. They calculate the fee due at one million pounds, enough to save the library, and set out to get that fee no matter the consequences.

Each episode is short enough to keep your attention, so well made you forget you’re watching a youtube show, and full of familiar faces from the British Youtubing community. There’s not more you could ask for, really.

The first episode premiered today, with one episode set to be released each week.

Check it out!

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Watch: Shane Koyczan

I love words.

I love the way they meld together to create beautiful sentences and powerful messages.

I also love Poetry. While Sylvia Plath is a noted exception, my general rule is that I Do Not Like Poetry We Studied At School. I do, however, adore contemporary poetry, such as that by Katrina Vandenberg and Derrick C. Brown (if you the names are familiar, Katrina Vandenberg is quoted at the beginning of Paper Towns by John Green, and Derrick C. Brown’s poem “Instead Of Killing Yourself” is viral on tumblr).

I was browsing tumblr a ┬ádays ago and I saw this post (forgive me, screencapping gifs never works out well – actual post here):

Screen Shot 2013-04-28 at 5.10.49 PMI thought to myself “wow, that’s pretty accurate to my life” and so when I saw there was a source given for the quote, I clicked on it.

It led me to this video.

It was love at first listen. It’s called “To This Day” by Shane Koyczan, and it’s so beautiful I’m planning to get a line tattooed (“We are graduating members from the class of We Made It” if you were wondering).

I searched Shane on Tumblr, and discovered many more of his amazing spoken word poems.

While they’re all amazing, my favourites are “The Crickets Have Arthritis” (I dare you not to cry)

and “Instructions For A Bad Day”

Even if you hate poetry, I urge you to watch these videos. I promise they will impact you in the most profound way. And if (as I predict) you fall in love with him, be sure to look up some more of his poetry. Some are hilarious, some are serious, but all will leave you speechless at their beauty.

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