Teaching Jake about the Camcorder, Jan '97

brian david gilbert
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3 Mär 2021



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Heather McLachlan
Heather McLachlan Vor 7 Stunden
Why am I crying?
Helt Underbart
Helt Underbart Vor 12 Stunden
Abram Francis Black
Abram Francis Black Vor 16 Stunden
Jake's dad died when Jake was very young, maybe under mysterious circumstances, and his kid brain's memories are mixing remembering that with other strange interactions he witnessed as a child. Maybe his dad died in agonizing pain and he was in the same room to see it, and that's the screaming. Maybe there was a home invasion at some point and he witnessed his dad being freaked out by it, what would a child think of that situation? They're confused, and the person they look to for guidance is confused too, so they're even more confused. And then there's the context of his adult brain remembering in a process of unresolved grief that mashes those together with what he thinks his dad would probably say to him now. That's my take after watching this a million times. The ending still trips me up. The silhouette suggests a hanged person. Maybe Jake killed himself by hanging, and these were the thoughts that flashed through his mind as his brain was shutting down. That could be the connection of the orange light at the end of the hallway; the death of a man remembering the death of his father. Goddamn, Brian, you're amazing. I may be completely off the mark of what you intended, maybe you were intentionally vague, but that's the beauty of art that you're taking advantage of; it can be interpreted by the viewer a completely different way than the artist intended, and that only adds to the arty-ness of it.
a guy watching youtube
a guy watching youtube Vor 22 Stunden
I never expected the funny guy from polygon to make some of the most genuinely scary content ive seen on DE-vid. I'm surprised film theory hasn't gotten onto this.
Giu Salustiano
Giu Salustiano Vor 23 Stunden
what? I didn't get the notification for this one.
Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones Vor Tag
I just noticed that the masked man is the demon from your autobiography 🤯
hot boat
hot boat Vor Tag
he looks like eddy burback in the thumbnail
Spencer Dub
Spencer Dub Vor Tag
Okay, I'm gonna be a bit of a nerd about this. Having sat with this for a little while, I'm somewhat amused by the focus everyone is placing on piecing together a specific timeline, or trying to understand the specific beats of the story within the artwork-not unlike what Brian railed against in his last Unraveled video. To me, I read this as a fairly straightforward tale of grief and refusal to accept, and how our brains reject reality and strive for meaning when faced with difficult truths. The frame-within-a-frame, as well as the Dad's comments about rewinding and recording over precious memories, draw particular attention to the layers of interpretation here. The camcorder video is a construct being played on an old TV, and that playback has been filmed and uploaded as this video. We are not watching the original moment with the Dad, we're watching an interpretation of an interpretation. And once you acknowledge just how far we are from fact anymore, it calls into question everything else that happens. Every moment displayed on the Samsung TV screen is suspect, which is why I think it's more fruitful to examine them metaphorically or symbolically instead of literally. When the specter lurks over the Dad's shoulder, what do you feel? Like there was something lurking there. You want to call out and warn him. You feel powerless. Perhaps you feel like he should have known. Perhaps you feel like you should have told him. Contrast that with what happens when the Dad confronts the specter directly. You feel scared, maybe. Supportive. You share in his outrage-now you're on his side. In this vein, I read the rabbit as, well... pareidolia. Reading meaning into a symbol when there is none. By the time the rabbit appears, we're afraid for the Dad, and we're doubting our own "memories", so we're primed to look for an answer. When the camera falls and our gaze is cast around the room, what we spot seems to take on extra meaning. Did the rabbit hold the key? Could it have saved the Dad-or, perhaps, was it responsible for what happened? Our very act of trying to piece these things together, I'd argue, is the point, not actually knowing what happened. The evidence we have is shoddy, contradictory, over-written and tainted. If there is an actual picture there, our very insistence upon finding it may have barred us from doing so. We can't even remember what the Dad's facial hair looked like. There was a factually correct answer, but the Viewer watching on the Samsung TV can't remember it anymore, and we, watching on DE-vid, have no way of knowing. And so, when we, ourselves, watching on DE-vid, see all these fragmented memories, hinting at a story beyond what is immediately apparent, we want to string them together, we want to make a tale out of it-even though we will never, _ever_ know. There may not even be a story there at all, just fragments that we desperately want to assemble, just as we do when faced with immense grief. Personally, I'm fond of the most mundane interpretation: One day, the Dad left. He didn't die, he wasn't taken by a malevolent spirit. He just left. He walked out the door and never left a reason why. That can't be right, of course. There must be a reason why he left. Maybe there's something we missed, some clue in a key frame of our memories. There must be a bigger story at play. So we'll hit "replay" and watch again. It'll make sense this time.
cool guy
cool guy Vor Tag
im tooooooo high! for this i hahah
Sy Castells
Sy Castells Vor Tag
"Well look at you, Mr. Bigshot Director!" - Brian, every morning, to his mirror
Windave Vor Tag
Fish Boi
Fish Boi Vor Tag
BDG: Hon come take a look- who are you Me: zjqolrtmgmxnshhwor
The Greater Dane
The Greater Dane Vor 2 Tage
This definitely feels like an intimate father son moment caught mid-home invasion.
Jake Paul
Jake Paul Vor 2 Tage
Well that's gonna be some nightmare fuel. On the plus side I got to hear BDG say my name a dozen times so that's kind of cool.
Hollow Jack
Hollow Jack Vor 2 Tage
this is NIGHTMARE and i'm in LOVE
Im In The Bath
Im In The Bath Vor 2 Tage
this is why i have trust issues, thanks brian
Nell Turley
Nell Turley Vor 2 Tage
the thing that hit me upon this rewatch is that beard dad says “say something” to the intruder and mustache dad says “say something” to Jake.
Raja W.
Raja W. Vor 2 Tage
is nobody gonna talk about how a shadow hand pushes jakes hand to put the vhs in
Sydney Nordhagen
Sydney Nordhagen Vor 2 Tage
Now I'm just waiting for the first movie written/directed by bdg and karen han!
Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones Vor 2 Tage
This is fantastic work!
TrooperVG Vor 2 Tage
Yo wtf I got to the "I don't want you to get stuck" bit at 6:59 and the video fucking paused itself and shat me the fuck up for like half a second until I realised it's cause I was getting a phone call from my landlord
pointless crap
pointless crap Vor 2 Tage
I was not emotionally prepared for this oh my god
FinalFirebrand Vor 2 Tage
This is S-Tier DE-vid.
Lackadaisical Vor 2 Tage
I know this is like a month old but I really see no one talking about the, "You're not.." at 7:10, that seems like it was going to be followed with ".. jake." Meaning that the person watching this isn't "Jake" at all.
Hank Pretzel
Hank Pretzel Vor 2 Tage
two words: Alan Resnick
Missy Faye
Missy Faye Vor 2 Tage
solid work.. i am freaked out but my brain is whirring
Raven Bailey
Raven Bailey Vor 2 Tage
HEy brian, what uh.... whats up?
Daniel Rébora
Daniel Rébora Vor 2 Tage
That was terrifying, thank you
Julianodavincci Vor 2 Tage
Wouldya look at how dale is doing without his brothers, so proud of him
Marina Jean
Marina Jean Vor 2 Tage
Holly McGolly
Holly McGolly Vor 3 Tage
This was fantastic
myself Vor 3 Tage
you know how he goes "you're not-" and then then the tape rewinds, implying he's saying "you're not Jake"? i think we're the ones torturing him by rewinding the video, looking for narrative clues and coming up with theories, going back to the beginning over and over again distorting what once was an untouched memory. the reason the figure in the back is a shadowy silhouette is because it represents all of us and any one of use
Marachime Vor 3 Tage
shit yeah.
Edge 0w0
Edge 0w0 Vor 3 Tage
Element Pixles
Element Pixles Vor 3 Tage
Honestly the part that hits the hardest for me isn’t even the theme of the whole video, it just the emotion and panic in his voice when he’s confronting the intruder. It just sound so real and unsettling.
Red Vor 3 Tage
oh cool bdg invented horror
Notapepper Vor 3 Tage
My interpretation: The thing in all black is dread, Jake is watching this knowing it's the last recording of their father. The changing attitudes, length of hair and facial hair is about the imperfection of memory influencing Jake's interpretation of the video as he begins to forget what his dad looked and acted like making him interpret the video differently. The reaction to the bunny is Jake suddenly remembering he was a child once, which is a thought that seems alien now that he's on the other side of losing a parent. His dad walking out of the room is a further representation of his dad being gone and there being nothing he could do about it. The silhouette appearing in the door way is the dread of impending death moving on to Jake, it might not happen soon but Jake knows death is waiting for him at any moment just like it did for his dad. All of the pleading his dad did with the Jake watching the video was him trying to tell his son to let it go and live his life without dwelling on his past or future loss.
Sydney Mings
Sydney Mings Vor 3 Tage
wait whats so creepy/unsettling about this?
sleepynomi Vor 3 Tage
i'm gonna watch the pickle video again, that'll get rid of the nightmares, right?
Citizen Insane
Citizen Insane Vor 3 Tage
Reminds me of the music video for A Hero's Death, except less surreal.
gross man
gross man Vor 3 Tage
this is some marble hornets type shit
Andy Dobson
Andy Dobson Vor 3 Tage
Hey Todd, w̨̗̦̯͛ͫ҉̢ḩ̠͉̕̕ä̡͍̖̪͙́͜͞t̨̗̬͆͜͟͢ t̔ͭ̌̀͟͏h̵̴̹̮͚̞̚e̸̿ͭ̅ͫ͞ f̯̞͈̾͜ủ̮̯̆͘͜͠͡c̷̡̨̘͍͌͛̂͡k̛̠͜
two bats
two bats Vor 3 Tage
This made me cry. I expected the horror, but what I wasn't expecting was the grief. I didn't get very many photos or videos of my dad before he passed, so I've almost entirely forgotten his voice and his laugh and other little details, and this just really hit home for me. We have a few pictures of him scattered around the house and sometimes, even 10 years later, I'll find myself staring at them and wishing he'd just walk through the front door, home in time for dinner. The "you're an adult now" bit made me sob. He never even got to see me turn 11. I often think about whether or not he'd be proud of me, whether or not he'd like the adult I'd become. It also really hit home the sections where Brian had a goatee, because he looked so strikingly similar to my dad.
BreadBeard Vor 3 Tage
So this is about unraveled right
Austin Loui
Austin Loui Vor 4 Tage
This is my favorite video on the channel by far, keep doing surreal horror shorts like this, they are so good.
Ian B
Ian B Vor 4 Tage
what a beaut
Alex Johnson
Alex Johnson Vor 4 Tage
I really love how your independent content draws from modern technology and culture as the origin for both humor and horror; this, the get rich quick skit, basically everything you’ve done feels like both a cutting commentary and a distinctly modern piece. and, it’s always super fun/enjoyable!! I feel like I could teach a whole college course on “Brian David Gilbert and the New Modernism” or something
James Monaco
James Monaco Vor 4 Tage
When you want to wandavision but you can only hex a vhs
sorio99 Vor 4 Tage
It took reading the script for me to realize his facial hair changes between rewinds. How did I miss that?
Veronica Jenislawski
That was fuckin scary
Jake Spruce
Jake Spruce Vor 4 Tage
I felt a little called out by this ngl.
Rick Estrada - CulbyCove
I just listened to Everywhere At The End Of Time in its entirety for the first time last week and now I find this. I sense a recurring theme that I may explore for my next D&D one-shot
Aubrey S.
Aubrey S. Vor 4 Tage
The natural progression of stretching the footage to get to the ten minute mark
Boris van der Hof
Fun fact, this type of horror is called analog horror and vhs tapes are a staple of the genre
Oyster Vor 4 Tage
I'm glad i came back and watched this but I don't know why everyone's calling it horror it's just kinda bitter sweet
nicolas cooley
nicolas cooley Vor 4 Tage
What.....what was this
nicolas cooley
nicolas cooley Vor 4 Tage
Are those new shoes?
Hariboi Vor 4 Tage
Gave me a good laugh. Nice work
The Warman
The Warman Vor 4 Tage
Fucking WOW!
L Edwards
L Edwards Vor 4 Tage
I suppose horror and comedy both rely on the same core skill - subverting expectations. And I know how good BDG is at comedy, so it shouldn't have been a surprise how good he can be at horror. But then, that's the point, isn't it? With BDG, it's always a surprise.
Juniper Lilac
Juniper Lilac Vor 4 Tage
Brian. Stop, giving me anxiety attacks.
Conor Whelan
Conor Whelan Vor 5 Tage
I need someone to explain this 😔
Louis Pilfold
Louis Pilfold Vor 5 Tage
holy shit
Nunya Bizniz
Nunya Bizniz Vor 5 Tage
Also how he gets cut off at one point "your not-" Uhhhg, my heart!
Nunya Bizniz
Nunya Bizniz Vor 5 Tage
I want to see a behind the scenes video or how he came up with the idea/breakdown?
BiladitoGamesBR Vor 5 Tage
Rewatching this video doesn't feel quite right.
Jyake Vor 5 Tage
Being named Jacob, this video is very weird
Katelyn Kanya
Katelyn Kanya Vor 5 Tage
Brain and his spectacular acting: Jake? Me, despite my name not being Jake: *me? Meme*
Ryan Khieu
Ryan Khieu Vor 5 Tage
I came for a good laugh, I got a psychological thriller about grief
Molly Hayward
Molly Hayward Vor 5 Tage
im not one to overshare in youtube comments but this.. didnt feel like horror. i lost my brother in november and my grandma in feb and ive been living in the images i have of them before everything. i keep looking into their faces and expecting something to happen. i am that figure haunting pasts i dont belong in
você Vor 5 Tage
Superellysan Vor 5 Tage
Imagine how much freakier this video must be for someone named Jake
ImJustSomeGuy Vor 5 Tage
Hes got really nice teeth
Lucas Vor 5 Tage
Huge Shattered Memories vibe, I love it
Olympia Fulcher
Olympia Fulcher Vor 5 Tage
this invokes the same terror in me that PT first did
Jacob Strokirch
Jacob Strokirch Vor 5 Tage
As someone named Jake this is very unsettling.
Leonard Winchester
Gideon Grace
Gideon Grace Vor 5 Tage
Like. There are two things that give me "so it's late and I'm now afraid there's something behind the door" vibes. The Babadook and this.
Grant Cactus
Grant Cactus Vor 5 Tage
I am very impressed by this concept and everything but I should not have watched at 2 A.M.
Grant Cactus
Grant Cactus Vor 5 Tage
That said, this kinda content is super interesting and if there’s more like it in the future I think that’d be pretty cool. It’s a creative area I don’t see explored and shaken up too often
Real Peter Mitchell
August Wogsland
August Wogsland Vor 5 Tage
jesus christ
Ray Gerecht
Ray Gerecht Vor 5 Tage
Well just got around to watching this, and I must say a good hat tip to you BDG. My only available response for a solid ten minutes was to start at my screen and then shed a few tears. That was disturbing and rocked me in ways I cannot explain. Very nice work.👍
Adam Osborne
Adam Osborne Vor 5 Tage
Well that got fucking dark huh?
thelostworld19 Vor 6 Tage
Nope nope nope
Lady Seraph
Lady Seraph Vor 6 Tage
I love it when you make horror stuff.
Thomas Faires
Thomas Faires Vor 6 Tage
My name is Jake and this fucks me up lol
The Horse Outside
Gray A.D.
Gray A.D. Vor 6 Tage
Perhaps comedy and horror are inextricably linked? First Jordan Peele and now BDG are experts at both.
Teihaga Vor 6 Tage
Annika Bunnel
Annika Bunnel Vor 6 Tage
I am in a sound design class right now and this is phenomenal
Annika Bunnel
Annika Bunnel Vor 6 Tage
I am extremely uncomfortable and i love it
Dogabc 6
Dogabc 6 Vor 6 Tage
Ah yes, the perfect video to watch home alone
Ryder Ellis
Ryder Ellis Vor 6 Tage
This was a trip. Like it managed to be unsettling and uncanny and just so much
Jake Witcombe
Jake Witcombe Vor 6 Tage
This video really hits different when your name is Jake and your dad's dead.
UnicornGod423 _
UnicornGod423 _ Vor 6 Tage
I love how unlike the rest of your work this is this is hollowing and somber and emotionally real I feel like I just watched an art short film and I’m really glad I did thank you
Morgan Day
Morgan Day Vor 6 Tage
Here I was trying to watch some good ol BDG before bed and you hit me with this
Vale :3
Vale :3 Vor 6 Tage
Me being happy that I watched this in the morning ✌🏻... also I might be crying a bit.
Pix Tron
Pix Tron Vor 6 Tage
This is such a clever horror story because it isn't exactly scary at first, it's just really sad, but once you watch the entire video you start piecing the whole puzzle together and it becomes a mix of straight up disturbing sadness
Dethrok _BTW
Dethrok _BTW Vor 6 Tage
This man is an actual visionary wtf
Echo Berson
Echo Berson Vor 6 Tage
Ah yes, finally we've discovered the next way to say, "haha, what?"
Jake Ratburger
Jake Ratburger Vor 6 Tage
Maybe I'm reading too much into this but I can't help but notice the length of the video is 9:34. 3+4=7 9:7 January '97
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