Teaching Jake about the Camcorder, Jan '97

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Helt Underbart
Helt Underbart

Masterpiece

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Abram Francis Black
Abram Francis Black

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.

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a guy watching youtube
a guy watching youtube

I never expected the funny guy from polygon to make some of the most genuinely scary content ive seen on YouTube. I'm surprised film theory hasn't gotten onto this.

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Giu Salustiano
Giu Salustiano

what? I didn't get the notification for this one.

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Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones

I just noticed that the masked man is the demon from your autobiography 🤯

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hot boat
hot boat

he looks like eddy burback in the thumbnail

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Spencer Dub
Spencer Dub

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 YouTube, have no way of knowing. And so, when we, ourselves, watching on YouTube, 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.

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cool guy
cool guy

im tooooooo high! for this i hahah

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Sy Castells
Sy Castells

"Well look at you, Mr. Bigshot Director!" - Brian, every morning, to his mirror

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Windave
Windave

THANKS SO MUCH FOR NOT PUTTING A JUMPSCARE HERE. This is gold

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Fish Boi
Fish Boi

BDG: Hon come take a look- who are you Me: zjqolrtmgmxnshhwor

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The Greater Dane
The Greater Dane

This definitely feels like an intimate father son moment caught mid-home invasion.

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Jake Paul
Jake Paul

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.

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Hollow Jack
Hollow Jack

this is NIGHTMARE and i'm in LOVE

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Im In The Bath
Im In The Bath

this is why i have trust issues, thanks brian

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Nell Turley
Nell Turley

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.

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Raja W.
Raja W.

is nobody gonna talk about how a shadow hand pushes jakes hand to put the vhs in

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Sydney Nordhagen
Sydney Nordhagen

Now I'm just waiting for the first movie written/directed by bdg and karen han!

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Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones

This is fantastic work!

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TrooperVG
TrooperVG

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

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pointless crap
pointless crap

I was not emotionally prepared for this oh my god

Vor 2 Tage
FinalFirebrand
FinalFirebrand

This is S-Tier YouTube.

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Lackadaisical
Lackadaisical

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.

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Hank Pretzel
Hank Pretzel

two words: Alan Resnick

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Missy Faye
Missy Faye

solid work.. i am freaked out but my brain is whirring

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Raven Bailey
Raven Bailey

HEy brian, what uh.... whats up?

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Daniel Rébora
Daniel Rébora

That was terrifying, thank you

Vor 2 Tage
Julianodavincci
Julianodavincci

Wouldya look at how dale is doing without his brothers, so proud of him

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Marina Jean
Marina Jean

NO THANK YOU I’M GOOD BRIAN

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Holly McGolly
Holly McGolly

This was fantastic

Vor 2 Tage
myself
myself

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

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Marachime
Marachime

shit yeah.

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Edge 0w0
Edge 0w0

THE SLOW CRESENDO OF MY HEARTBEAT, I GOT MORE AND MORE SCARED AS THE VIDEO WENT ON MY HEART IS THROBBING IN MY STOMACH-

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Element Pixles
Element Pixles

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.

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Red
Red

oh cool bdg invented horror

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Notapepper
Notapepper

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.

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Sydney Mings
Sydney Mings

wait whats so creepy/unsettling about this?

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sleepynomi
sleepynomi

i'm gonna watch the pickle video again, that'll get rid of the nightmares, right?

Vor 3 Tage
Citizen Insane
Citizen Insane

Reminds me of the music video for A Hero's Death, except less surreal.

Vor 3 Tage
gross man
gross man

this is some marble hornets type shit

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Andy Dobson
Andy Dobson

Hey Todd, w̨̗̦̯͛ͫ҉̢ḩ̠͉̕̕ä̡͍̖̪͙́͜͞t̨̗̬͆͜͟͢ t̔ͭ̌̀͟͏h̵̴̹̮͚̞̚e̸̿ͭ̅ͫ͞ f̯̞͈̾͜ủ̮̯̆͘͜͠͡c̷̡̨̘͍͌͛̂͡k̛̠͜

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two bats
two bats

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.

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BreadBeard
BreadBeard

So this is about unraveled right

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Austin Loui
Austin Loui

This is my favorite video on the channel by far, keep doing surreal horror shorts like this, they are so good.

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Ian B
Ian B

what a beaut

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Alex Johnson
Alex Johnson

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

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James Monaco
James Monaco

When you want to wandavision but you can only hex a vhs

Vor 3 Tage
sorio99
sorio99

It took reading the script for me to realize his facial hair changes between rewinds. How did I miss that?

Vor 3 Tage
Veronica Jenislawski
Veronica Jenislawski

That was fuckin scary

Vor 3 Tage
Jake Spruce
Jake Spruce

I felt a little called out by this ngl.

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Rick Estrada - CulbyCove
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

Vor 3 Tage
Aubrey S.
Aubrey S.

The natural progression of stretching the footage to get to the ten minute mark

Vor 3 Tage
Boris van der Hof
Boris van der Hof

Fun fact, this type of horror is called analog horror and vhs tapes are a staple of the genre

Vor 3 Tage
Oyster
Oyster

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

Vor 4 Tage
nicolas cooley
nicolas cooley

What.....what was this

Vor 4 Tage
nicolas cooley
nicolas cooley

Are those new shoes?

Vor 4 Tage
Hariboi
Hariboi

Gave me a good laugh. Nice work

Vor 4 Tage
The Warman
The Warman

Fucking WOW!

Vor 4 Tage
L Edwards
L Edwards

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.

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Juniper Lilac
Juniper Lilac

Brian. Stop, giving me anxiety attacks.

Vor 4 Tage
Conor Whelan
Conor Whelan

I need someone to explain this 😔

Vor 4 Tage
Louis Pilfold
Louis Pilfold

holy shit

Vor 4 Tage
Nunya Bizniz
Nunya Bizniz

Also how he gets cut off at one point "your not-" Uhhhg, my heart!

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Nunya Bizniz
Nunya Bizniz

I want to see a behind the scenes video or how he came up with the idea/breakdown?

Vor 4 Tage
BiladitoGamesBR
BiladitoGamesBR

Rewatching this video doesn't feel quite right.

Vor 4 Tage
Jyake
Jyake

Being named Jacob, this video is very weird

Vor 4 Tage
Katelyn Kanya
Katelyn Kanya

Brain and his spectacular acting: Jake? Me, despite my name not being Jake: *me? Meme*

Vor 4 Tage
Ryan Khieu
Ryan Khieu

I came for a good laugh, I got a psychological thriller about grief

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Molly Hayward
Molly Hayward

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

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você
você

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Vor 4 Tage
Superellysan
Superellysan

Imagine how much freakier this video must be for someone named Jake

Vor 4 Tage
ImJustSomeGuy
ImJustSomeGuy

Hes got really nice teeth

Vor 4 Tage
Lucas
Lucas

Huge Shattered Memories vibe, I love it

Vor 5 Tage
Olympia Fulcher
Olympia Fulcher

this invokes the same terror in me that PT first did

Vor 5 Tage
Jacob Strokirch
Jacob Strokirch

As someone named Jake this is very unsettling.

Vor 5 Tage
Leonard Winchester
Leonard Winchester

wow.

Vor 5 Tage
Gideon Grace
Gideon Grace

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.

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Grant Cactus
Grant Cactus

I am very impressed by this concept and everything but I should not have watched at 2 A.M.

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Grant Cactus
Grant Cactus

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

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Real Peter Mitchell
Real Peter Mitchell

Attaboy

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August Wogsland
August Wogsland

jesus christ

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Ray Gerecht
Ray Gerecht

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.👍

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Adam Osborne
Adam Osborne

Well that got fucking dark huh?

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thelostworld19
thelostworld19

Nope nope nope

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Lady Seraph
Lady Seraph

I love it when you make horror stuff.

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Thomas Faires
Thomas Faires

My name is Jake and this fucks me up lol

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The Horse Outside
The Horse Outside

Thomas?

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Gray A.D.
Gray A.D.

Perhaps comedy and horror are inextricably linked? First Jordan Peele and now BDG are experts at both.

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Teihaga
Teihaga

*attaboy*

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Annika Bunnel
Annika Bunnel

I am in a sound design class right now and this is phenomenal

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Annika Bunnel
Annika Bunnel

I am extremely uncomfortable and i love it

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Dogabc 6
Dogabc 6

Ah yes, the perfect video to watch home alone

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Ryder Ellis
Ryder Ellis

This was a trip. Like it managed to be unsettling and uncanny and just so much

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Jake Witcombe
Jake Witcombe

This video really hits different when your name is Jake and your dad's dead.

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UnicornGod423 _
UnicornGod423 _

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

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Morgan Day
Morgan Day

Here I was trying to watch some good ol BDG before bed and you hit me with this

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Vale :3
Vale :3

Me being happy that I watched this in the morning ✌🏻... also I might be crying a bit.

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Pix Tron
Pix Tron

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

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Dethrok _BTW
Dethrok _BTW

This man is an actual visionary wtf

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Echo Berson
Echo Berson

Ah yes, finally we've discovered the next way to say, "haha, what?"

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Jake Ratburger
Jake Ratburger

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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yuri gouvêa wagner
yuri gouvêa wagner

i just started living alone and being away from my mom and I miss her so much. watching this video made me really emotional, even though I haven't lost them. I think it's because I have started uni and it's comforting to look back to the life that allowed me to live with her that I related a bit to Jake. Damn you, BDG, this is too good.

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