New Century Narratives is creating Video essays, interviews, and mini documentaries
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patron

$45
per video essay, interview, or mini-doc
Hey there! I’m Lucas. I make video essays, and I'll make short films with your help!

New Century Narratives is about humans at the frontiers of technology. I cover topics that the other fantastic science education channels on YouTube leave untouched. I cover the breakneck speed of technology, and how it affects our culture and society in a way that is outside of your standard Frankenstein’s cautionary tale.

Many science educators and sci-fi channels try to avoid social and political topics that are controversial. But human experience exists in the margins - the age we live in is heavily affected by the political and cultural landscape. So, unlike my technoprogressive counterparts that avoid the hot button issues, I jump right in.

How did I get here?


Frontiers fascinate me. I’ve been a tech lover for as long as I can remember. After a chaotic college experience in Biomedical Engineering, and some years working with biohackers, I hung up the towel, so to speak. I lived on the road, did Parkour, and eventually settled in Colorado. Since then I’ve been making action reels and shooting livestream videos for Parkour facilities such as Apex Movement in Boulder, Colorado and Sport Parkour League in Vancouver, Canada.

It wasn't until the rise of right-wing YouTubers that I regained my interest in politics and futurism. Why futurism? Many on both sides of the political spectrum fail to take just how much technology has changed us into account. If one expects that they will see cyborgs in their lifetime, then the idea of humans switching sexes seems quite trivial. 

What I create

I create video essays that combat regressive narratives, film interviews with interesting figures in technology and philosophy, and create mini-documentaries.

Where does the money go? How Often?


Many of my videos require that I read articles, papers, or even whole books before I say anything about them. Thus, at the current pace of reading, writing, filming, and editing "I can release one video per six weeks. Outside of my well-researched videos, I will release simpler “this is what I think about ___”, but that doesn’t really count. For that reason I decided that the Patreon contribution structure will be on a per video essay or mini-documentary basis. As the contribution goals are met I’ll be able to get on a one video per month schedule, with my goal being one video every two weeks. I encourage you to use the monthly limit option to ensure that you are paying for each piece of quality content I release.

My first priority is to buy a new computer to edit on, as my current laptop sounds like a dying T-800. Afterwards I’ll look to buying a camera, audio, and lighting setup so that I don’t have to rent everything for on-location shoots. Right now I use an ancient Canon t2i, which works, for now.

If you have any other questions please feel free to reach out to me!
Tiers
New Century Narratives Supporter
$1 or more per video essay, interview, or mini-doc 0 patrons
Thanks for supporting New Century Narratives!  

What you get

  • Your name will be enshrined on the channel outro
  • Questions for Q/A at the end of the month
Cyborg
$5 or more per video essay, interview, or mini-doc 0 patrons
Thanks for supporting New Century Narratives!  

What you get


  • Your name will be enshrined on the channel outro
  • Questions for Q/A at the end of the month
  • Vote for next topic
  • Access to behind the scenes gear and how-to blogs on the New Century Narratives e-mail list
Hive Mind
$10 or more per video essay, interview, or mini-doc 0 patrons
Thanks for supporting New Century Narratives!  

What you get


  • Your name will be enshrined on the channel outro
  • Questions for Q/A at the end of the month
  • Vote for next topic
  • Access to behind the scenes gear and how-to blogs on the New Century Narratives e-mail list
  • Early Access: Sneak peak on the script and early release of video essays 2 weeks before general release 
Jupiter Brain
$25 or more per video essay, interview, or mini-doc 0 patrons
Thanks for supporting New Century Narratives!  

What you get


  • Your name will be enshrined on the channel outro
  • Questions for Q/A at the end of the month
  • Vote for next topic
  • Access to behind the scenes gear and how-to blogs on the New Century Narratives e-mail list
  • Early Access to Video Essays: Sneak peak on the script and early release of video essays 2 weeks before general release
  •  Early Access to Podcasts: Early access to regular podcasts before general release. The podcasts are posted on the Youtube channel about a month after the release of the documentary. 
Archailect
$50 or more per video essay, interview, or mini-doc 1 patron
Thanks for supporting New Century Narratives!  

What you get


  • Your name will be enshrined on the channel outro
  • Questions for Q/A at the end of the month
  • Vote for next topic
  • Access to behind the scenes gear and how-to blogs on the New Century Narratives e-mail list
  • Early Access to Video Essays: Sneak peak on the script and early release of video essays 2 weeks before general release
  • Early Access to Documentary Audio: Early access to raw interviews in podcast form *before* release of documentary. You'll have access to this a full month before the release of the documentary
  •  Early Access to Podcasts: Early access to regular podcasts before general release. The podcasts are posted on the Youtube channel about a month after the release of the documentary. 
  • Behind the Scenes: You'll have access to my super secret vlogs to see how an NCN production is put together 
  • One-on-one Skype / Google doc meetup with YOU! 
Goals
$45 of $500 per video essay, interview, or mini-doc
New Century Narratives becomes viable  

 I'll be able to devote more time to creating content for you wonderful folks. For smaller projects and edits I'll be able to hire editors, animators, or an extra camera.

  • I will be able to establish a schedule, the goal being two video essays per month
  • Production quality will go up considerably as I'll be able to afford the lower end of what a project requires - better animation and editing, an additional camera or audio person to help on a project, etc. 
  • I'll give my old Canon t2 to a subscriber starting out in filmmaking!
  • Okay, admission time. I'm from New York City, and as such, I have no clue how to drive. My wife is expecting our first child in April - so I have to learn fast. If we break $500 per video then I'll upload the video of me learning how to drive. Just ... please don't make too much fun of me.
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Hey there! I’m Lucas. I make video essays, and I'll make short films with your help!

New Century Narratives is about humans at the frontiers of technology. I cover topics that the other fantastic science education channels on YouTube leave untouched. I cover the breakneck speed of technology, and how it affects our culture and society in a way that is outside of your standard Frankenstein’s cautionary tale.

Many science educators and sci-fi channels try to avoid social and political topics that are controversial. But human experience exists in the margins - the age we live in is heavily affected by the political and cultural landscape. So, unlike my technoprogressive counterparts that avoid the hot button issues, I jump right in.

How did I get here?


Frontiers fascinate me. I’ve been a tech lover for as long as I can remember. After a chaotic college experience in Biomedical Engineering, and some years working with biohackers, I hung up the towel, so to speak. I lived on the road, did Parkour, and eventually settled in Colorado. Since then I’ve been making action reels and shooting livestream videos for Parkour facilities such as Apex Movement in Boulder, Colorado and Sport Parkour League in Vancouver, Canada.

It wasn't until the rise of right-wing YouTubers that I regained my interest in politics and futurism. Why futurism? Many on both sides of the political spectrum fail to take just how much technology has changed us into account. If one expects that they will see cyborgs in their lifetime, then the idea of humans switching sexes seems quite trivial. 

What I create

I create video essays that combat regressive narratives, film interviews with interesting figures in technology and philosophy, and create mini-documentaries.

Where does the money go? How Often?


Many of my videos require that I read articles, papers, or even whole books before I say anything about them. Thus, at the current pace of reading, writing, filming, and editing "I can release one video per six weeks. Outside of my well-researched videos, I will release simpler “this is what I think about ___”, but that doesn’t really count. For that reason I decided that the Patreon contribution structure will be on a per video essay or mini-documentary basis. As the contribution goals are met I’ll be able to get on a one video per month schedule, with my goal being one video every two weeks. I encourage you to use the monthly limit option to ensure that you are paying for each piece of quality content I release.

My first priority is to buy a new computer to edit on, as my current laptop sounds like a dying T-800. Afterwards I’ll look to buying a camera, audio, and lighting setup so that I don’t have to rent everything for on-location shoots. Right now I use an ancient Canon t2i, which works, for now.

If you have any other questions please feel free to reach out to me!

Recent posts by New Century Narratives

Tiers
New Century Narratives Supporter
$1 or more per video essay, interview, or mini-doc 0 patrons
Thanks for supporting New Century Narratives!  

What you get

  • Your name will be enshrined on the channel outro
  • Questions for Q/A at the end of the month
Cyborg
$5 or more per video essay, interview, or mini-doc 0 patrons
Thanks for supporting New Century Narratives!  

What you get


  • Your name will be enshrined on the channel outro
  • Questions for Q/A at the end of the month
  • Vote for next topic
  • Access to behind the scenes gear and how-to blogs on the New Century Narratives e-mail list
Hive Mind
$10 or more per video essay, interview, or mini-doc 0 patrons
Thanks for supporting New Century Narratives!  

What you get


  • Your name will be enshrined on the channel outro
  • Questions for Q/A at the end of the month
  • Vote for next topic
  • Access to behind the scenes gear and how-to blogs on the New Century Narratives e-mail list
  • Early Access: Sneak peak on the script and early release of video essays 2 weeks before general release 
Jupiter Brain
$25 or more per video essay, interview, or mini-doc 0 patrons
Thanks for supporting New Century Narratives!  

What you get


  • Your name will be enshrined on the channel outro
  • Questions for Q/A at the end of the month
  • Vote for next topic
  • Access to behind the scenes gear and how-to blogs on the New Century Narratives e-mail list
  • Early Access to Video Essays: Sneak peak on the script and early release of video essays 2 weeks before general release
  •  Early Access to Podcasts: Early access to regular podcasts before general release. The podcasts are posted on the Youtube channel about a month after the release of the documentary. 
Archailect
$50 or more per video essay, interview, or mini-doc 1 patron
Thanks for supporting New Century Narratives!  

What you get


  • Your name will be enshrined on the channel outro
  • Questions for Q/A at the end of the month
  • Vote for next topic
  • Access to behind the scenes gear and how-to blogs on the New Century Narratives e-mail list
  • Early Access to Video Essays: Sneak peak on the script and early release of video essays 2 weeks before general release
  • Early Access to Documentary Audio: Early access to raw interviews in podcast form *before* release of documentary. You'll have access to this a full month before the release of the documentary
  •  Early Access to Podcasts: Early access to regular podcasts before general release. The podcasts are posted on the Youtube channel about a month after the release of the documentary. 
  • Behind the Scenes: You'll have access to my super secret vlogs to see how an NCN production is put together 
  • One-on-one Skype / Google doc meetup with YOU!