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YouTube Lounge Room Film Festival

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Published November 12th 2010
Are you finding the going to the movies expensive? Too cold to head out anyway? Still want to be social and have heaps of laughs?

Then the answer is simple, make cinema at home by inviting friends over for your very own YouTube mini film festival.

Step 1: Be prepared- It’s your festival so be a good host and prior to the film night ask your mates and matettes to pick 2 short you tube films each and send you the link via electronic mail. You may choose to give genres or lengths of film as categories.

For example, Glen, please find one, two to three minute 1980's weird German music video and also one five minute homemade comedy involving a trampoline and a spade. Sheila please find one ten minute mocumentary on some random winter sport and one five minute B movie horror clip.

Spice it up! Make your amigos search hard for that classic short film, after all it’s your festival and you are the curator, event manager and site owner!

For some inspiration check out these you tube classics,
Crazy Ass Dancing and Charlie The Unicorn.

Alternatively of course you could rely on the fact that your companions are clever enough to find you their own side splittingly good you tube gold, but continuing themes throughout each film, bizarre search challenges and how each of your friends interprets your artistic direction can make for hilarious results.

Step 2: Technology- Download all films onto laptop and connect to a TV screen or projector (plus white bed sheet of course). Make popcorn, put out comfy cushions in chosen film viewing space and dim the lights.

Step 3: Ssshhh- Tell everyone to be quiet and play films in a certain order according to running time, genre or at random. For extra kicks before or after screening, ask each friend to stand up and deliver a monologue of why they chose their particular film and what it means to them.

Step 4: Cringe, Laugh, Cry- Kick back, relax and enjoy the strange, wacky but awesome world that is online pop-culture.
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Where: Anywhere
Cost: Bandwidth, Popcorn
Haha this is such a fun idea! There is so much awesome stuff on youtube (of varying quality haha). You could check out other classics like “David at the Dentist” and “Charlie Bit Me”. The Scott Mills Radio 1 prank calls are hilarious (look at the Chinese takeaway and the takeaway pizza one for sure). For something a little bit controversial look up Peter Chao... There’s also the Greatest Freak Out Ever series and bunch of funny international commercials like the Berlitz May Day commercial… There are loads of spoofs and parodies out there too, some more funny than others!
By Ashleigh - senior reviewer
Tuesday, 30th of November @ 12:07 am
That is so true, you can watch so many different shows and movies on youtube, however they are limited that is true because I am not able to really find any new ones.

I only figured out that you could watch whole movies on youtube last semester at university when I had to watch movies every week for one of our subjects and comment on the movies. Since they were so old, I turned to youtube after my brother advised me and I was so shocked they had all of them.

I watched Judgement at Nuremberg, How to Kill A Mockingbird and I cannot seem to remember the other one, but they were all old and even had subtitles for when the language was not english. Very impressive and a good idea to save money and watch things in the privacy of your own home without lifting a finger, apart from the keyboard and mouse movements :).
By Lil Uni Girl - senior reviewer
Saturday, 1st of January @ 05:58 am
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