BCPVA Meeting – Mar 1st 2022 Greg Lam YouTube Content Creator

Please Note: This meeting was formerly scheduled for Feb 22nd but has now been rescheduled for March 1st. All other details remain the same. Our sincerest apologies for any inconvenience!

Hello Members and Guests;

Of all the social media & content streaming providers currently competing for our eyes, ears, and sometimes hearts, a solid case can be made that YouTube provides it’s viewers with the greatest real learning opportunity. For media creators such as ourselves it is also often fascinating view the evolution videography and filmmaking can make when stripped of formalism, for example who would have ever thought that cutting dialogue mid-sentence could be acceptable?

This month we get a valuable inside view of what goes into making content from the hugely successful YouTuber and documentarian Greg Lam whose channel Life Where I’m From has 1.56 Million subscribers and quite regularly attains 5-20 Million views per video. A remarkable accomplishment! In July 2021 Greg also released a documentary on Vimeo called Being Japanese – which is also the primary cultural focus of his channel.  

In our session Greg will be covering:

  • How he got started on YouTube
  • How he generates story ideas
  • What equipment and software he uses to create his videos
  • How he edits his videos
  • How he makes a living as a creator on YouTube
  • His experience making and releasing his recent feature-length documentary

This promises to be a fascinating look inside a world billions of us see only from the outside – don’t miss this session!

View Greg’s content via the links below:

Visit Life Where I’m From here: https://www.youtube.com/c/lifewhereimfrom 

View Being Japanese here: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/beingjapanese

Meeting Details:

People can start joining the meeting at 6:30 pm for informal networking. The main program will start at 7pm and run until 8pm with Q&A and discussion of new and shared work to follow until 8:30.

If you have never used Zoom before, please join early to download and troubleshoot.

How it will work: You can connect with both Windows and Mac computers / laptops, Apple and Android cell phones, and tablets with the Zoom video app. This link will give you a prompt to download and run Zoom if you have never used Zoom before. If you have used Zoom, it will open a box with Zoom Meetings highlighted – click the Open Link button. When you connect you can test your headphones, webcam, and microphone with Zoom, before you join the talk.

Audio: This is the most important part.  We want/need to avoid feedback -so wear headphones. If members don’t wear headphones, the audio from everyone else will feed into their microphone and this can cause a feedback loop.

Microphone: Most laptops and mobile devices have built-in microphones (and webcams).  These will work just fine. Your mobile devices likely shipped with headphones with a built-in microphone – this works great too.  If you have and headphones with three rings on the connector then your headphones have a microphone built-in.  If you are using an external USB webcam, then it probably has a microphone too.  If you haven’t used it in a while, you may want to plug it in and possibly update the driver. Webcam: If you are joining with a mobile device then take the time to mount your device on a stand at eye level.  The same basics that apply to videography apply to webcam usage: add some soft front-light, avoid back-light, and be aware what is in your background.

Topic: BCPVA March 1st MEETING

Time: March 1st, 2022 6:30PM  Vancouver

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Work safe, stay well and see you all online on Mar 1st!


The BCPVA Exec Committee