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  • Welcome to Weekend Update

  • Weekend Life Update. Not even Weekend Update, just Life Update.

  • What's going on Vagabuddies?

  • It has been a long time since we've sat down and had a face-to-face.

  • There's a lot of new faces out there. We've had an

  • incredible couple of months. There's a ton of new Vagabuddies out there

  • So we figured we'd sit down and give you guys and girls a little bit of a life update.

  • Seriously, we need to catch up ..yes we do.

  • So first and foremost the channel has grown a lot.

  • About three months ago at the beginning of summer we were about

  • 200,000 subscribers, and now we're counting it over 435,000.

  • It's crazy. We're almost at a half a million subscribers.

  • We really cannot thank you guys enough for checking out the channel,

  • liking it enough to subscribe, and even sharing with your friends.

  • We've gone through a lot of growth from the last couple months,

  • and it feels really rewarding. It's like..

  • we've been working at this channel for about five years. It's been five years?

  • Wow and it feels sometimes like there were periods where it felt like we're just working, working, working working and trying to make the best

  • content possible.

  • You know not getting as many views as we would like to see on the content,

  • but in the last couple months, it's kind of felt like viewership

  • and the recognition has kind of caught up with the effort that we've been putting in.

  • Honestly for me, it's not about the number of views;

  • it's not about the number of thumbs- up, as important as that is, it's about and it has always been about

  • telling the best stories and having the highest possible quality.

  • We have made it a point on our channel to always try to push the boundaries of what's possible

  • And to always try to deliver to all of you Vagabuddies out there the highest quality, most accurate

  • travel films on YouTube.

  • What has been really rewarding is the feeling that the content that we've been making seems to resonate.

  • I'm really happy that we're making videos that you guys find useful, that you find practical,

  • that are helping you save money, that are helping you find new places,

  • and that you're stoked on enough to share with your friends.

  • So if you guys have any other video ideas, any other questions or topics that you want us to address,

  • please put them in the comment section, and the more specific the better.

  • We'll try to address them in future videos. Basically, this is us

  • asking all of you out there to let us know

  • what type of videos you want us to make.

  • If you have an idea; if you have a pressing question that you need us to answer about

  • travel, please feel free to put it down there in the comments section, and we will do our best to address

  • those questions in future videos.

  • Something else that we're super excited about is

  • Buffer Festival. Buffer Festival is this really cool

  • YouTuber festival in Toronto. It's basically..."Torano"

  • "Torano." Toronto. It's in Toronto, Canada

  • And it's basically the Youtube version of the Toronto Film Festival, TIFF.

  • Yes

  • All of the YouTubers who are invited have to submit a film or a new video that has never been shown before.

  • We are very excited to be

  • premiering our new film East of Eden, which all of you guys and girls out there are going to get to see

  • right after it's premiered at Buffer Festival.

  • East of Eden is a big departure from what we've normally made; it's fictional,

  • I guess you could say, in the sense that it's not a vlog. We're playing two characters....acting.

  • We're acting and it's got a script with narration

  • It's something that we wanted to do but could not do on our own.

  • So we actually reached out to two friends of ours

  • Carlos Mason and Shelby Mincer.

  • They're behind Frosting Productions here in Los Angeles. So we teamed up.

  • We made a really really cool film.

  • We don't want to give away what it's about

  • You've got to come to Buffer Festival to see it. If you're interested

  • Thursday September 28th at 8 p.m.

  • This will be premiering at the Travel Festival or the travel screening at Buffer Festival in Toronto.

  • It's at the elegant theater in downtown,

  • and hopefully will premiere there and then also go on for the gala. Fingers crossed.

  • We'll see what happens. For all of you Vabuddies who will not be able to make it to the festival, do not worry.

  • You're all going to still be able to see the film.

  • We will be releasing it here on the YouTube channel

  • just after we show it to Buffer Festival.

  • It's really cool. It's a departure.

  • It's something that we're acting in that we produced, wrote, and directed.

  • We are extremely, extremely happy with the final product

  • and cannot wait to share it with all of you out there so stay tuned for that

  • It's going to be a two-hour screening

  • with a meet-up afterwards, and we're going to be joined with a lot of our friends

  • and super talented travel YouTubers like Sawyer Hartman,

  • Hey, Nadine, Raya Was Here, Exploring with Josh

  • And I'm pretty sure Eric Conover is going to be there too, among other people.

  • It's "gonna be dope". So if you want to buy tickets,

  • there's a link down below in the info box, as well as a link to

  • Carlos and Shelby's Instagrams, the two guys who helped us out. Could not have done this without their help., so thank you both

  • Another cool announcement: we have been accepted into the YouTube VR, Virtual Reality Creator Lab.

  • It's basically an incubator program that YouTube has put together for 11 channels to learn about virtual reality

  • filmmaking, 360 video from the best in the business....

  • which basically means that over the next few months,

  • we have been given a

  • production grant to go out and to tell the stories that we really want to tell and to take all of you out there with

  • us in an even more immersive, even more engaging way than our vlogs.

  • We will be creating four short VR films

  • that will take you to some of the most incredible places on this planet. We just finished a

  • intensive boot camp in which YouTube paired us up with the best

  • filmmakers in the virtual reality world. We've learned a ton.

  • We've learned a lot about this emerging platform

  • It really is the future. So if you can,

  • stay tuned for the videos. If you have a VR headset

  • they're going to be perfect for you. But if not you can watch them on your cell phone with headphones.

  • If you don't have a headset, you're not going to be out of luck.

  • Still watch the content.

  • But if you have a headset,

  • make sure that you do watch it in that with headphones on because

  • we are going to try to make the most immersive content we've ever created before.

  • We're going to be traveling around the world for the four videos,

  • and we're going to make some behind the scenes films for that.

  • So stay tuned on Instagram.

  • If you're not following us on Instagram, do that now and that will give you a few

  • behind-the-scenes looks over the next couple months as we travel the world to make those films.

  • We're not going to give away too much

  • But we are going to say that we will be coming to India

  • this fall to create a virtual reality film and an accompanying vlog series.

  • Stay tuned for that. We're super excited.

  • I literally cannot wait because India has been number one on my bucket list for so long,

  • and I'm super excited to get there, to take a bunch of photos, to film,

  • to create an immersive virtual reality video for all you guys and girls

  • out there to enjoy, and yeah, I'm so stoked.

  • For that trip, we're going to be going through Mumbai.

  • We plan to collaborate with local Indian YouTubers.

  • If you have anyone whom you think we should meet up with, make sure that you comment below with their names and also

  • Tweet them and us together so that we can start a conversation and

  • Stay tuned because we're probably going to do a a meet-up in Mumbai

  • If we have some time. So that'll be great to see all of our Indian fans out there in Bollywood. I can't wait.

  • Another good piece of news is that we are looking for people to join the Vagabrothers team. We have a couple different

  • opportunities that are available right now. First and foremost,

  • we're looking for someone to come with us as a shooter and an editor on some of our trips...

  • Preferably somebody who has been to film school. If you've just graduated film school,

  • please send us your CV with a reel. If you have

  • experience with camera operating and editing, feel free to send us an email as well.

  • You don't have to have gone to film school.

  • We didn't go to film school.

  • But we are really looking for somebody who has extensive practice and is a skilled videographer and editor

  • Also, preferably in the United States. Get creative with your entry.

  • Please make a video; show yourself to us on camera and tell us a bit about yourself.

  • Tell us why you're excited about working with us.

  • Tell us what your goals are for editing and filmmaking, a little bit about your background....

  • All that sort of stuff will help us make a decision.

  • We're also looking for an editor here in the Los Angeles area.

  • This is someone that would not be travelling with us, does not need to know how to film, but would be

  • editing. Those are the two positions: shooter editor to come with us on trips and an editor

  • locally here in Los Angeles. If you know anyone, make sure you forward this to them and also

  • have them email us or email us yourself at info@vagabrothers.com

  • Lastly we have one big announcement to make to you guys.

  • We are going to be releasing "merch,"

  • new merchandise again.

  • We have a couple of really cool t-shirt designs.

  • They're going to be limited editions.

  • We haven't made merch in a couple of years,

  • but it's back by popular demand.

  • A lot of you have been asking for merch

  • And we are happy to say that we have new designs coming at you, the first of which

  • should be released within the next couple of weeks.

  • Yeah, it's going to be about four different designs.

  • We're going to do one at a time, and we'll see how the first one goes. If you guys like it hopefully

  • we'll come back with some more. So stay tuned for that. There'll be a separate video

  • that's showing you the new designs, but for now just know merch is coming.

  • Let's finish with a little nice story.

  • The other day we were sitting here working away when suddenly a visitor came by our house.

  • Guys, you're not going to believe this...

  • There's a hawk in the tree.

  • I see that this hawk is not really able to fly.

  • It's jumping around and our neighbor has cats

  • My spirit animal.. what what are you doing? That's our house? Don't go in there. Don't go in there.

  • It's okay. You're okay. You're okay

  • Long story short, the hawk had a broken wing; it couldn't fly, so I jumped over our neighbor's fence with a

  • with a little sheet, and I