About

Conrad Slater is a Britsh media artist and film maker of little renown. The website offers an occasionally updated overview of his works which include Youtube Poop videos, his Spainful Films podcast series and his customised 3d Daleks.

In 2001 Conrad gave up his career in dressmaking and costumery in order to pursue his interest in film making and digital media. Working under the name Spainful Films his first website offered his services as a photographer, designer and video editor.

By late 2002 he had made a number of short films including a music video and series of cgi animations called Really Twisted.

For two years he worked as media technician in a school on his home island of Jersey. It was at this time that he evolved Spainful Films to represent the combined film making efforts of himself and three friends including DK Cavey.

2005 saw Conrad begin a BA (Hons) degree course in Film production. This was motivated by his increased ambitions towards making high quality videos content which represented his unique creative perspective. Within 6 months he has become utterly disillusioned with the harsh reality of the media industry and began a person campaign of creative nihilism.

Three months after making what he considered to be his final film (Conrad Slater’s War) he was seduced up by the then niche citizen-media movement known as podcasting. Realising that his professional training would give him an upper hand he and his friend and colleague DK Cavey decided to create two internet TV shows based on their earlier films together.

The Spainful Films Video Podcast also would be a vehicle for the duo as on screen performers which, as time went on became the principle motivator to continue. Writing as well as acting in the podcast, Conrad and DK quickly became well known in the podcast community and shortly after being profiled on national TV’s Gadget Show were signed to a podcast network Podshow.

By Easter 2007, Conrad had posted over 30 episodes of the video podcast plus two other audio podcast channels (equating to over 100 hours worth of rich media) but found it had become back-breakingly ambitious and expensive yet fundamentally unrewarding, a sentiment echoed by a large number of podcasters. This coincided with the rise of youtube as the world’s preferred method of online video distribution plus the decline of podcasting as an online community.

Spainful Films, which by this point had evolved into a metaverse with it’s own canon and even a wiki, was officially shelved in order that it could be reinvented at a later date for a new audience. Instead, Conrad began promoting himself in favour of his work; conradslater.com was launched and, based on the success of his personal audio blog (My Post Modern Island) he began keeping a written blog whose readership continues to amaze him.

In it’s place Conrad launched and curated a video collage making online community at youtubepoop.com; by serving a existing new user base of angry teenagers that subverted and distorted youtube he was able to study the patterns of internet memes, viral videos and the cutting edge of grass roots level editing techniques. Never one to buy into popular opinion he delighted to be learning from 12 year olds about video editing rather than by over priced post production manuals written by jaded hacks who think nihilism is ‘a waste of time’.

conradslater.com also became a centralised entry point for his otherwise disparate online media. This includes his odd near obsession with making CGI Daleks, his truly awful attempts at making making music and more recently his social network site youtubepoop.com which technically is his biggest online achievement to date.

By the summer of 2008 Conrad had become bored of Youtube, and it community, having spent 90 hours per week working as forum admin and curator of a now massive bandwidth breaking site that (despite entering the Alexa top 100k) wasn’t making a him a penny. Having also made over fifty videos he concluded that for him at least, Youtube Poop had runs it’s course.

He currently works in the television broadcast industry; as a copy/paste drone.

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