Roulette chat boy
So Neistat invited his friend Genevieve — “a really pretty girl,” he says — to chat in his place and see if she has any better luck. Nine out of 10 people talked to her, each for a minimum of 2 minutes, or until she nexted them.
Despite all this, Neistat sums things up nicely: “There is something magical about Chatroulette.
Visitors to the website begin an online chat (text, audio and video) with another visitor.
At any point, either user may leave the current chat by initiating another random connection.
What he found was worse than you might expect (but not totally out of line with my own Chatroullette experience): Out of 20 random strangers, 19 of them clicked next, spending an average time of 2.9 seconds before making the decision.Just worked really well, but then again, that's an advantage that makes people choose this kind of narrative in the first place: with all the shortcomings it also has.Imagine trying to show that film to someone 20 - 30 years ago, they wouldn't have been able to comprehend it.I didn't want to watch it when she told me what it was, though I was interested to see how they would pull off 17 minutes on a computer screen and make it interesting. I thought the performances were very realistic too, especially from the main characters.Sort of a mix between "You Suck at Photoshop" (don't know it? One of the most hilarious pieces of comedy around, including a lot of mediocre TV sitcoms: and some other found footage shorts.
The setup for the story is as old as love stories: a boy and girl ponder their imminent separation (going away to college), but everything we see is mediated through the boy's computer screen -- the Skype window he uses to chat with his girlfriend, the Facebook chats he has with friends, even a brief dalliance with Chatroulette can all be considered to be "sets" the filmmakers used to make their movie.