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Homemade Videos

Homemade videos are types of motion pictures that are produced and directed by amateur filmmakers. Such videos are called "homemade" because they are filmed and edited outside professional film studios. Homemade videos, unlike professionally produced videos, are not intended to be screened in cinemas.

Why do people make homemade videos?

* To capture special moments

Many people make homemade videos to capture the special moments that happened in their lives. Whether it is their parents' 50th wedding anniversary or their children's first school play, special moments are best immortalised on film. People are fond of making homemade videos of the special events in their lives because it allows them to relive their fondest memories by simply watching them on video.

* To practise filmmaking.

Like home movies, homemade videos are also used by aspiring filmmakers to hone their craft. Many amateur filmmakers make homemade videos to practise lighting techniques, sound recording, stage blocking and video capturing. The production staff involved in making homemade videos are mostly the director's friends or family members. Some filmmaking students also produce homemade videos because such activities are included in their academic curriculum. The homemade videos they produce, which are usually based on a specific topic given by their teacher, are considered as graded class projects.

* To create vlogs.

One of the most popular homemade videos today are vlogs. Vlogs, or video blogs, are made-to-video types of personal documentation. Most blogs centre on two things: narratives and commentaries. Many people create vlogs to narrate events that are worth sharing with other people. These narratives may focus on a funny experience, a memorable occasion or any random event. Aside from narratives, some people also use vlogs as a way of voicing out their opinions on particular topics. Commentary-based vlogs may centre on the vlogger's stand on a political issue, review of a blockbuster film or opinions about a social controversy.

Where can people find homemade videos?

A wide variety of homemade videos are now available for online streaming or free downloads on the Internet. Some websites are especially made to showcase homemade videos, mostly those with comedic themes. Vlog types of homemade videos are usually found in video sharing websites or social networking websites. In many blog sites, users also embed copies of homemade videos to share them with their readers. Some homemade videos are also shown on television as entries to various competitions where people send in funny homemade videos for a chance to win a prize.