HUMANKIND (see the world in 4 minutes)

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Max Diamond : Dan this sends chills down my spine. You've really done something here, something great.

Krytan Photography : hey, dan I'm a big fan bru. amateur videographer and youtuber. so it hurts to write this as i never want to be told my work isn't my best when i know i have done the best i could at that point, but i feel compelled to share my thoughts as i respect you as a creator and filmmaker. I believe youtubes 2 way communication allows for constructive growth and being honest about how i felt watching this, will i hope give some insight seeing things from the other side of the screen. please do not take any of this the wrong way, I love your channel and your vision which helps and inspires me. Bru first of all. great collaboration.to pull this off must have taken a dedicated team a collective group to work together, which is hard to manage. but I also hope you made some new friends connecting by a passion to create and like to think you had some fun along the way. otherwise, why would you do it? Hours of editing, selection, cuts, audio, music. and on that, I applaud you for taking this task and so quickly and so skillfully. but here is why i cant "connect" with it. 1. I don't hate the cuts and visuals. i absolutely dream to edit and shoot like this one day! we expected this from you and the other videographers and we got it ! A "NatGeo experience" of our people culture, of the globe But I found myself seeing the visuals more like a travel vlog for a company/commercial. 2. It wasn't as groundbreaking, earthshattering experience as it was hyped up to be, someone could pull stock footage off a site and do the same thing. and I have seen a ton of similar "who are we?" type videos. 3. The story element was lost in translation and this is what all filmmakers struggle with because if you get it right the visuals don't matter. The narration didn't feel as profound as you were trying to make it and you lost me at a lot of points you were trying to make, and I still don't know what the core of the story was? 6. I really felt like you played it safe and didn't take any risks. i did expect you to break barriers, i was more compelled and emotionally struck watching you rekindle your relationship with your old Boss when you went home, it was raw uncut beautiful, and honest that's the dream is to feel 100 emotions all at once! you wanted to represent the 100 filmmakers and you did as they were, but the trick is to evoke 100 emotions now there is a challenge, but how are we meant to do it in 4 minutes? so to me, I knew what to expect after a minute into the film. nothing was unexpected. we had no pandoras box. As the downside of humans we also have the tendency to not appreciate effort and work and we forget you are human too and treat you like a machine and attack you because its easy,. If you read this know that we the viewers we are being HONEST and we know there is an element of you we haven't seen yet and you are a diamond in the rough. keep at it! we all hit and miss sometimes but I prefer when people are honest with me about my work and tell me what they don't like within reason.

IVAN3000 : This ad can bring Nokia back to connecting people

Matt Wingert : If this was a trailer, it was excellent. However, it seems like that was the entire film for this project. Love the concept, but you made it seem like this huge film, when in reality it turned into a 4 minute mash of constant cuts that was hard to follow. I didn’t really understand the voiceover and the overall message either

James B : So I watched this video without prior knowledge of how it came together and I thought it seems like a decent film. Like many here I thought the editing was too hurried and it was trying too hard to be profound, but the imagery was beautiful and the overall message was positive. However, since learning about the context around how this video came together, I can see why so many people are angry, disappointed and disheartened. To encourage people from around the world to share their stories and then end up as part of a montage, I would be disappointed too. People put hard work into their submissions, whether they were picked or not, so to see their work amount to what honestly could have been stock footage must be a real kick in the teeth. I’d like to believe that this wasn’t just an attempt to harvest email addresses to sell merch, as others have suggested. But I can see why some people might feel this way. I saw Dan on Twitter referring to all the criticism of this film as ‘hate’ and those criticising it as ‘haters’. As far as I can see, there is very little criticism on here that can be construed as ‘hate’ - in fact, the vast majority of it is very constructive and supportive. Dan needs to recognise that he isn’t a perfect filmmaker and that constructive criticism needs to be recognised, rather than dismissed as ‘hate’. Does he really want to live in a bubble where only people who praise his work are allowed to voice their opinion? Learn to take on board criticism without taking it personally or dismissing those who you don’t agree with as ‘haters’, otherwise you will never grow as a filmmaker.

secutina : Dan, the concept of this film was incredible. The story you were trying to tell is admirable. The filmmakers, gosh, their work was great. But here comes the constructive criticism: It did feel rushed. Firstly, I want to note that I have been following you and subbed before all of the Casey Neistat stuff and the work you pumped out back then pulled my heart strings. You told a story with beautiful visuals, and took your time in doing so. The voiceover in this video in particular was distracting. The clips were rushed, and it almost felt...artificial. I'm no expert, so yes, I may lack the experience in filmmaking. But just as a viewer watching this, this was how I felt. (So please no hate guys, honestly the video was great but this is just some CC) - ironically, I felt disconnected watching this:/

Dana Stribling : I watched it again to try and see if my initial reaction of thinking it was pretentious was too harsh...it was worse, this time around it was also cheesy. I kind of feel bad for the guy.

Modern Slice : If you hadn't asked me to watch this, I would have turned it off at 2:30. If I'm honest, a bit earlier. I feels like an advertisement, but I don't know what they're selling....thinks it very profound, but I never felt any kind of profound feeling. Coffee table music doesn't help. Still not sure what it's all about....seems quite random. What's the story behind it?

Stuart Little : I have watched the film 3 times now and I am listening to the monologue for a fourth time as I type... I think the film needed to be longer and the voices of the 100 filmmakers be heard more... I have no idea what direction Dan gave to them but it does come across as... Here, film this for me so that I didn’t have to tour the globe to get the shots myself... The monologue is inspiring although a little pretentious... Someone on Twitter said “It looked like a well edited series of stock clips”. I dunno about that, but considering the amount of effort that must have gone into this I see where they are coming from... I do prefer Dan’s own films more as they are more about his vision and the stories he tells... This film although very enjoyable falls short of the mark. It really needed to be longer with more emphasis on the 100 filmmakers that were involved.

TheWarlockFromHell : This was so preachy, that I'm getting the feeling some altar kids are gonna come around asking for donations.

SeductionByKamal : This should be Youtube Rewind 2018.

Sam Bow : Trying to be constructive here....Sorry man it didnt feel connected through the first minute so I fastworded and it felt the same through out the film. The clips are too fast and the pace of the messages is exhausting. Feels like a Cardio exercise. I feel that you have to let the message sink in and let the viewer understand the message before pacing through the next clips and messages.

Jon Lukas : Somewhere between Pretentious and Cheesy

W C : I think the issue with this video is the sheer amount of perspectives you had at your disposal, you could've really cracked the shell on living in different cultures. Started with what makes them all unique and different, but then in the end we're all in it together. But what we got was cookie cutter b-roll to fit "amateur feel good commercial" narrative you were trying to convey here.

Livin' the Keys Life : As a creator, I love and appreciate the time you spent on this. I also don't see any real hate on the video. Lots of criticism that you may not want, but its the world we live in. If you put it out, you must be willing to hear back. That being said, as someone who follows and admires your work, I agree this could have been more! So much footage, which as a creator I have no idea how you would have sorted and dealt with, but so many different ways I thought this film was going to go. I was hoping to see less stock footage and more "real" footage. Anyone that follows you should know, you're always pushing the envelope and doing things out of the box, so I should not have tried to expect anything. Don't let mine or anyones comments change you but maybe take some of them and make more with what you have. I bet you have enough footage you can do tons with it. Just my 2 cents worth, you're still amazing, chin up bru

Jordan Gray : Absolutely beautiful. Brilliantly done bru. Congrats on bringing this magic together!

IVAN3000 : The like ratio is good, but comments bad. That's because this video hits the broad audience(like a big brand ad would), and your truly engaged and interested fans are disappointed, but they wouldn't dislike the video! They still probably like this video better than 90% of the content on Youtube

Allen Reid : Man, the comments this video has produced is incredible. I saw that Dan went to twitter and wasn't happy with many of them, but I think he misses the pont. There is a lot of constructive criticism here and that's a good thing. That shows his subscribers and audience are engaged and have high respect and expectations for his work. You can't expect comments only from the ass kissers and nobody else in an open comment scenario. I did enjoy the video, but yes...the theme has been done before. I also agree with some who said it felt like a trailer for something bigger. I can see that too. Maybe Dan can turn this to his advantage and follow up with the other creators and have them go on camera and have them contribute their thoughts as well. Or interview people in their homeland. I would imaging he has a tremendous amount of video to work with. Also, I would LOVE to see a BTS video on how he managed to put this all togther (while suffereing a pretty bad injury) in such a short amount of time. How he communicated with the 100 creators, what he asked them to shoot., etc. I think something like that would be very interesting. I have a lot more to say, but I'll leave it at the for now. I look forward to what he has in store for us next.

starkingbiker : Cool images i guess but this felt like 5 minutes of pretentious gibberish. With 100 “filmmakers” you could have pulled off something much more interesting. I’m really not a fan of these inspirational speeches because they are a rehash of countless things I’ve heard before

Toby I : isnt every film in existence “for people... by people...”?

Nick Jameson ASMRtist & BLOGGER : I got goose bumps. This video is absolutely amazing and shows the connection to our humanity. WoW

marque27 : Your style of editing is too frantic and hurried most times. Like that clip where you said," look at this man smiling at his son, that feeling you felt right there..." I actually felt nothing because it went by in a blur and like someone else said, you don't give the clips time to "breathe" which I think is why I don't really connect with your videos. The vlogs you make with casey are gold, and I think you're cool otherwise and would do well to heed some of the advice in the comments.

Hyperbolized : Danny boy you gathered all those filmmakers and spent this effort, you could've used a bit more of the footage these creators gave you. I mean feel like I don't remember 95% things that I saw. When you have all that beauty in front of you, we should be able to sink it in too. I feel like I watched nothing.

O_R : Really disappointed with your response to the criticism on twitter. If you got more "hate" than ever then maybe there is a reason. An artist saying that if the audience criticizes his work its because they didnt understand it is ridiculous because even if that true (Its isnt) then its still your fault because you didnt convey your message properly. I would have expected you to take the criticism with a bit more composure and maturity.

OreoMask : Dear Dan‚ I love you Dan but I honestly don't even know what his channel is about? I learned more about you from watching Casey's vids than I do from yours. Dan I understand you're an excellent film maker but this looks more like a commercial than Dan Mace....all these quotes and meanings but no context. Why are you making this specific video? You're asking so many questions at once no one has time to process it. If this was a book it would be perfect‚ but you're trying to cram all this genius into a 5 minute video. I love you and I want you to succeed but what is this channel even about? Sincerely your Bru‚❤

This Messy Happy : Christ on a bike, Dan! This is unbelievable. The collaboration is incredible and sums up why the world needs to connect more simply through the idea of the film. 100% going to do more collaborations. Inspiring! Thanks for sharing 🤟🏼

PR : viewers under 30 'best video ever made'. Over 30 /eye roll for not knowing what he doesn't know he doesn't know but still claps for effort

Shay Pah : My question is : you have a ton of production working on this, and you didn’t actually credit yourself. What exactly did you do ? Write the script no doubt. Did you do some editing? None? The crux of the film is relying on other people’s footage fair enough, but not on a post production level. It’s understandable you would need assistance with research, editing and producers to pay for that but when it’s all said and done, how much of this is actually you ? It’s like the one when « you » made an NYC soundtrack by recording sounds, but really you just sent a bunch of wav files the amazing producer Narch who made the whole beat. That key element was mentioned in a very fleeting way and the overall feeling to me was the viewers mostly thought it was your creation. As a musician and someone who is pretty obsessed with doing most aspects of my creative output, I’ve felt a lack of transparency. I’m still a huge fan that said, just wish you would clarify things more!

Rowan Murphy : This video isn't special it isn't creative it's been done 1000 times before we aren't one giant wonderful world, this is b roll footage for a commercial for good vibes, this can't and wont change the world. humanity is fucked up cultures aren't 2 second clips of people dancing, this is selling the false idea that everything will be alright because it's not, I respect the efforts of the people behind this, but you might aswell look up (insert inspirational vlogger) and find a hundred more of these. There's no one true way to represent humanity, the biggest problem with this is you can’t show humanity in a positive light. we’re all fucked up and humanity isn’t a happy fun time. we are in good times at the moment but good times bring foolish men.

Metodi Kovachev : Apparently you are still making commercials! I think you found your medium in your previous videos. I like you work, but not this one man. It feels like a commercial.

Armando Ferreira : Best collaboration on YouTube, well done Dan!

Salt and Pepper Adventures : I started crying

Thy21 : sadly it looks like stock footage.

Iamnothere : Wow I needed that Genuinely i needed that

Chris Ramsay : You make ambition seem normal. <3

Emilio Doménech : I remember you said you wanted to do more than pretty videos. I don't think this is it if you want to go past that. I really like some of your other stuff, but I've seen this kind of 'who are we?' thesis in SO many other videos around the web. I really was hoping for something else. They already did a film somewhat similar (and way more accomplished) with 'Life In A Day' (2011), so by the 2 minute mark I was already out. I write this as an admirer of your work, btw. So this is just positive criticism. Keep doing what you do. :)

Rachel Sarah : This is (what I'm hoping) the start of a beautiful project, not the project in itself. I'm imagining a multi-language, multi-voiced collaborative video series. Showcasing culture, humanity, landscape, the environment. There's a lot you can do with this concept Dan, from looking at different environmental issues across the globe to what you're doing here: analysing the human psyche. I hope you and the rest of the 100 filmmakers make the most of this, because it could be pretty cool.

S Behrens : One thing about theses videos talking about change, is what I don't get. They say. Change! You need to change! You see. I'm constantly changing, but not because I want to be another person, than me, but because I need to adapt, to, let's say expand on happiness. Meaning that change is not what makes me happy. Things that I adapt to, make me happy, which in turn means change is only an intermediary. However, the videos state it like change, is the magical thing. As long, as you suddenly brush teeth with your week hand you're happy, which is such BS. Either many people get these kinds of vids and I'm the exception or these inspirational vids are missing the main point of the debate, which in turn, makes them meaningless and rather a nice piece of film.

Dimi Go_Yrt : Кто из России и восхищается творчеством Дена, ставь лайк.

Irmaos Meirelles : Sorry but it fell flat for me. Kudos on making it happen though. Also, a pin in Brasil but no name in credits?

Pocket Trailblazer : I so badly wanted to LOVE this film.... but I didn't get the goosebumps.... I have to agree with a fair amount of comments, it's lacking something.... It's obviously a logistical masterpiece and looks stunning, no one can argue that, but I can't help feel like the story has got lost in the scale of the project! I don't know exactly what I expected when Dan first mentioned this project and maybe the exception became too high.

James V : I think part of the reason some people aren't thrilled here in the comments is after you didn't get selected for the film (which is totally fine), you sent us an email asking us to buy a 40 dollar shirt. Come on man. It's a pretty shallow move for someone making a film about this topic.

EpicPaperclip : NASA should send this video in to space to explain humankind.

Anim Jock : This guy’s too good. But this should’ve been longer

Dimi Go_Yrt : Ден ты лучший

Tibees : Is this the trailer or the film lol

Matt Komo : incredible dan, always raising the bar. proud of you man!

Maxime Roedel : This film is totally incredible, one the greatest thing i ever seen on YouTube ! But, where are filmmakers from France ? Where are the World Champions ?

random camera reloaded : Hipster shit.

Jonathan Baumeister : Man i usually do not post comments but u my sir just got me to tears. Geetings from Germany