FOCAL - Filmmakers Of Colour And Lustre is creating Video Essays
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Hey everyone, it’s Barathan here a.k.a. FOCAL (Filmmakers Of Colour And Lustre).

Why Patreon? Why now?

It’s been more than 3 years since I first started the channel, and if you’re subscribed, you know that my output has been less than consistent. Previously I’ve had fulltime digital marketing and videography job that kept me very busy as well as juggling my various personal creative projects such as my shorts, also writing scripts for various webseries, television series, and features in development. I’ve made personal work and also that which has political subtext baked into it...that’s my passion, combining truthful and artistic cinema with topics that actually mean something. You can view my website with my filmmaking work here.

That was what led me to create this channel. I was sick of a media industry, both creation and criticism, that was focused on white creatives, white stories, and white actors. Since then, I’ve also become increasingly compelled to use my voice to speak truth to power. I’m heavily inspired by what’s coming out of Leftube: Hbomberguy, Contrapoints, PhilosophyTube, Peter Coffin. and Lindsay Ellis - who all create incredibly thought provoking content, often using narrative media as a jumping off point to talk about important topics. These are people who are using their white privilege for good but there is an obvious gap for POC creators on the platform. It’s a combination of factors of why that is, that I’m sure we all know, but the crux of it is that diverse media criticism is vital to hold the medium accountable and push it forward.

Back in September, I quit my cushy fulltime job to pursue my creative pursuits. It was harder than expected and to be completely honest, I didn’t channel my efforts in the right way. But that’s why I want to make a concerted effort this year. I’ve come away with a first draft of a feature I want to make, as well as work on a pilot script, and more importantly for you as a viewer, this channel is going to become more consistent.

What do I want to make?

There’s going to be more video essays in the format I’ve previously done, but I’m interested in creating content that has a more casual tone and actually shows my face once in a while. This is particularly useful for videos that delve into deeper sociopolitical topics that don’t necessarily have a 1 to 1 visual representation in the media I’m discussing. I’m also going to start creating experimental/non-voiceover video essays in the vein of Kogonada. What I love about his videos is that he sparks thought and engages purely through juxtaposition. I've done two pieces similar to that previously: one on Kendrick Lamar's DAMN album (combining existing music with my own video) and also the work of Paul Thomas Anderson (using his films and a Radiohead song).

There are plenty of facets of creativity like comics and games that I’m also really passionate about and am interested in making videos about. The exact format may differ but I will always focus on work by people of colour, that will never change. And I’m definitely not giving up on my personal webseries, tv shows, and features. Let me know if there are specific pieces of media, filmmakers, and/or topics you would like me to make videos about. I’m hoping to cultivate an audience where I open you up to new things and you do the same for me.

So how can you help?

Well as an independent writer/director and freelance videographer/editor it can be difficult to put time toward unpaid work when you’re focused on paying the bills. So that’s where Patreon comes in. I don’t have enough of an audience to do this fulltime, but to be honest I’d be ecstatic if I could even just pay my Adobe subscription. Even a dollar per video means the world to me and I don’t take it lightly to ask people to support a relative stranger. What I can promise you is that I’ll continue to create content that I like and hopefully you’ll feel the same.

What do you get out of it?

Pledge just $1 and your name will be in the credits of video. I’ll also upload rough versions of videos I'm working on (in which I welcome constructive criticism) with exclusive updates about upcoming projects. The $3 tier includes everything from the $1 tier but includes a verbal shoutout. Please let me know if there’s a reward you’d be interested in that I haven’t thought about it. I want to give you all the best value for your money. You can also contribute any dollar amount upwards of a dollar. Currently I’ll be charging per video, so be sure to select a maximum amount per month so you’re not spending outside of your budget.

But what if you can’t commit through Patreon?

Honestly, it’s as simple as watching, liking, sharing, and subscribing. Youtube’s algorithm is a double edged sword that supports spikes in engagement and sustained watchtime, which doesn’t necessarily favour a small channel like mine for obvious reasons. I love people commenting on my videos and engaging with you. It makes me really happy when I see someone say they’ve enjoyed watching something I’ve made.
Tiers
Social Justice Acolyte
$1 or more per video essay
  • Your name in the credits of every video.
  • Access to rough versions of videos
  • Exclusive updates about upcoming projects
  • Monthly Q&A videos
Social Justice Mage
$3 or more per video essay
  • Everything in previous tiers
  • Personal shoutout in every video
  • Can submit Q&A questions
Social Justice Jedi
$10 or more per video essay
  • Everything in previous tiers
  • Submit a less than 10 minute video or 10 page script, and I will offer constructive criticism for the piece (single time per patron only)
Goals
$4 of $60 per video essay
I can cover my monthly Adobe Creative Cloud subscription, yippee!!!
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Hey everyone, it’s Barathan here a.k.a. FOCAL (Filmmakers Of Colour And Lustre).

Why Patreon? Why now?

It’s been more than 3 years since I first started the channel, and if you’re subscribed, you know that my output has been less than consistent. Previously I’ve had fulltime digital marketing and videography job that kept me very busy as well as juggling my various personal creative projects such as my shorts, also writing scripts for various webseries, television series, and features in development. I’ve made personal work and also that which has political subtext baked into it...that’s my passion, combining truthful and artistic cinema with topics that actually mean something. You can view my website with my filmmaking work here.

That was what led me to create this channel. I was sick of a media industry, both creation and criticism, that was focused on white creatives, white stories, and white actors. Since then, I’ve also become increasingly compelled to use my voice to speak truth to power. I’m heavily inspired by what’s coming out of Leftube: Hbomberguy, Contrapoints, PhilosophyTube, Peter Coffin. and Lindsay Ellis - who all create incredibly thought provoking content, often using narrative media as a jumping off point to talk about important topics. These are people who are using their white privilege for good but there is an obvious gap for POC creators on the platform. It’s a combination of factors of why that is, that I’m sure we all know, but the crux of it is that diverse media criticism is vital to hold the medium accountable and push it forward.

Back in September, I quit my cushy fulltime job to pursue my creative pursuits. It was harder than expected and to be completely honest, I didn’t channel my efforts in the right way. But that’s why I want to make a concerted effort this year. I’ve come away with a first draft of a feature I want to make, as well as work on a pilot script, and more importantly for you as a viewer, this channel is going to become more consistent.

What do I want to make?

There’s going to be more video essays in the format I’ve previously done, but I’m interested in creating content that has a more casual tone and actually shows my face once in a while. This is particularly useful for videos that delve into deeper sociopolitical topics that don’t necessarily have a 1 to 1 visual representation in the media I’m discussing. I’m also going to start creating experimental/non-voiceover video essays in the vein of Kogonada. What I love about his videos is that he sparks thought and engages purely through juxtaposition. I've done two pieces similar to that previously: one on Kendrick Lamar's DAMN album (combining existing music with my own video) and also the work of Paul Thomas Anderson (using his films and a Radiohead song).

There are plenty of facets of creativity like comics and games that I’m also really passionate about and am interested in making videos about. The exact format may differ but I will always focus on work by people of colour, that will never change. And I’m definitely not giving up on my personal webseries, tv shows, and features. Let me know if there are specific pieces of media, filmmakers, and/or topics you would like me to make videos about. I’m hoping to cultivate an audience where I open you up to new things and you do the same for me.

So how can you help?

Well as an independent writer/director and freelance videographer/editor it can be difficult to put time toward unpaid work when you’re focused on paying the bills. So that’s where Patreon comes in. I don’t have enough of an audience to do this fulltime, but to be honest I’d be ecstatic if I could even just pay my Adobe subscription. Even a dollar per video means the world to me and I don’t take it lightly to ask people to support a relative stranger. What I can promise you is that I’ll continue to create content that I like and hopefully you’ll feel the same.

What do you get out of it?

Pledge just $1 and your name will be in the credits of video. I’ll also upload rough versions of videos I'm working on (in which I welcome constructive criticism) with exclusive updates about upcoming projects. The $3 tier includes everything from the $1 tier but includes a verbal shoutout. Please let me know if there’s a reward you’d be interested in that I haven’t thought about it. I want to give you all the best value for your money. You can also contribute any dollar amount upwards of a dollar. Currently I’ll be charging per video, so be sure to select a maximum amount per month so you’re not spending outside of your budget.

But what if you can’t commit through Patreon?

Honestly, it’s as simple as watching, liking, sharing, and subscribing. Youtube’s algorithm is a double edged sword that supports spikes in engagement and sustained watchtime, which doesn’t necessarily favour a small channel like mine for obvious reasons. I love people commenting on my videos and engaging with you. It makes me really happy when I see someone say they’ve enjoyed watching something I’ve made.

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Tiers
Social Justice Acolyte
$1 or more per video essay
  • Your name in the credits of every video.
  • Access to rough versions of videos
  • Exclusive updates about upcoming projects
  • Monthly Q&A videos
Social Justice Mage
$3 or more per video essay
  • Everything in previous tiers
  • Personal shoutout in every video
  • Can submit Q&A questions
Social Justice Jedi
$10 or more per video essay
  • Everything in previous tiers
  • Submit a less than 10 minute video or 10 page script, and I will offer constructive criticism for the piece (single time per patron only)