Review | Shelter: The Animation

Music videos have changed. They’ve somewhat moved away from the typical ‘singing artist’ video and now focus on unique storytelling. Granted, some still offer a different take on the typical love story, but the real beauty lies in animated music videos like Shelter – a real rarity within YouTube’s catalogue of music videos.

Shelter is the result of an eagerly anticipated collaboration between DJs Porter Robinson and Madeon. Whilst Porter is responsible for the animation, there are some creative moments which nod to Madeon’s futuristic style of storytelling (in particular, his Adventure trilogy). With regards to this, the technology and 3D elements of the video are particularly interesting.

Asides from the unconventional three-dimensional shots, the rest of Shelter: The Animation is told through 2D anime – a style which Robinson has completely fallen in love with and makes a regular appearance in his previous work.

On Twitter, Porter gives a brief description of the story behind the video:

“‘shelter the animation’ tells the story of a girl living alone in a simulation built by her father to save her from the end of the world.”

As someone who has never really watched any anime before, electronic music is a genre which I didn’t think would fit well with the delicate style of Japanese animation. However, I was proved wrong when the lyrics of Shelter took on a completely different meaning – ‘shelter’ being the simulation the young girl finds herself in.

The magic of this music video is that in such a short space of time – six minutes and six seconds, to be exact – Porter conjures up a new world for us to explore. This is the future of music videos and storytelling.

It’s the fact that the animation and music fit so well together which really makes the video an emotional watch. The soft piano melody towards the end strongly emphasises the emotions we feel whilst watching and listening to create something beautiful which leaves you with a lump in your throat.



Whatever happened to my YouTube channel?

There was this one time when I had a YouTube channel. It started with a few travel vlogs before my experiences with video journalism during my degree inspired me to do topical videos. However, it’s been around two months since I last uploaded something to my YouTube channel, and I should probably explain why.

I can’t remember who said it, but I heard someone say a while back that YouTube is now split into ‘let’s players’ and vloggers. For the short amount of time that I uploaded videos, I guess I was the latter, and vlogging has a lot of problems if that’s the route you wish to go down.

First of all, you see countless ‘established’ YouTubers telling you the quality of your videos does not matter, and that it’s about the content. However, when I cannot afford the technology, do not own a proper camera and so have to use my phone or laptop, then it can still know my confidence.

Then there’s the fact that vlogging requires interesting content and a regular schedule – two things I was unable to keep up with whilst studying for a journalism degree. I struggled for the first few months, ideas felt forced and eventually the enthusiasm went.

I’ll admit it, and say that my view of YouTube wasn’t healthy whe I first started. I was more keen on monetising my videos rather than doing it for fun and producing the content I wanted – and I hated that.

The content I loved producing was my ‘ThinkerVlogs’, as travelling has always been something which I’ve enjoyed. But, since I don’t have time to travel around much, even that idea doesn’t quite work. I was running out of ideas and practical solutions, and so I gave up.

Maybe one day I’ll travel some more and will be able to return to vlogging. For now, I’ll be ok a break and I felt like it warranted an explanation.

Should I return to vlogging? Do you have any tips? Are you a vlogger yourself? Comment below!


Liam unveils new plans for YouTube channel | The Friday Article

Lifestyle blogger, occasional photographer and now rookie vlogger Liam O’Dell has revealed new plans for his YouTube channel – in a blog post published at 12pm today.

Liam, who blogs at The Life of a Thinker, said he plans to compile short, five-second clips together into a full video known as a ‘monthly montage’.

“At the moment, I’m struggling to come up with ideas. It doesn’t help that I’m rather camera shy,” said Liam.

He added. “I know with YouTube that having regular uploads is a good thing.

“With university, I’ll probably struggle to upload weekly videos, so a monthly video will be better.

“It enables me to have time to collect footage, but also fill the month with additional videos should I have any more ideas.”

Liam hopes that the monthly video schedule will begin in October.

Those interested in his channel can visit and subscribe here.


Normal Service Resumes! | The Friday Article

Lifestyle blogger Liam O’Dell has revealed that normal service shall resume on his blog, The Life of a Thinker, after YouTube videos failed to embed in his ‘Musical Discovery’ posts.

The aspiring journalist consulted with WordPress Support recently after he spotted the issue, and has since found a temporary solution to the problem – writing the review before finally pasting the YouTube link.

“It’s all become very technical,” Liam admitted. “But I’m learning and thankfully the issue has now been resolved.”

Liam also agreed that there was a large amount of Musical Discovery posts over the last few weeks in order to allow him to experiment with different ways of solving the problem.

“I’m going to be pushing ‘Musical Discovery’ posts back to just Monday’s now, I don’t want my blog to become focussed on just one topic.”

The blogger also writes about writing as well as general life updates, and it is expected that Liam will post more on these topics to make up for the increase in Musical Discovery posts recently.