Hey folks, Dre here, and yeah… It’s been a busy month. So busy infact, I’ve not written a damn thing here for nearly a month. Apologies, and if anything, I’ve been using more of my written skills to start my new YouTube series, “The Drebrief” over on the #Motorsport101 YouTube Channel. Now, to compensate, given that the average Drebrief script is around 700 words long, which would make a pretty solid column in it’s own right, I thought, why not post all the scripts for the episodes here, while adding some extra points and insight to make it a bit more… meaty, for lack of a better term.
So, why did I change the series from my usual, successful Dre TV formula? Well, simply put, it just isn’t YouTube friendly. I actually did some homework for this one. The average watch time on my old channel, was about 4 minutes. The average Dre TV episode was 10-15 minutes long. Heck, Series 1 of the show, I was trying to make 30 minute style TV episodes, just without the production value. Or the talent. Not to mention, looking back, when the show went unscripted in Series 2, I felt like I would ramble a lot, and not make my ultimate points concise enough. I felt, given the way YouTube is calibrated, if I put a bit more confidence in myself as a writer, and relay what I want to say in a shorter, punchier format, I think I could be on to a winner.
I realized this when watching other favourite similar formats of show:
– Bomani and Jones: Bomani Jones is one of my favourite Journalists. No-one in the game is able to convey and talk about sports in such a way where you can relate it to everyday life, but he does it in such an intelligent and humorous way. His show was satirical on the nature of the US and major Sporting events when he worked for SB Nation, and I highly recommended going back and checking his show out. Maybe more of the big sporting ones for ore clarity if you’re not into the NFL or NBA as much, like the Lolo Jones 2-parter, or his talk on the Olympics.
– The Jimquisition: Nobody messes with Jim Fucking Sterling, Son. The Englishman turned US refugee was a video game critic for Destrutoid and The Escapist and has now been independent on YouTube for the last 18 months or so, and his series of breaking down the inner workings of the video game industry with humour, strength, and… a little bit of unhinged craziness has been amazing for quite some time, and I’m glad he’s finally getting the mainstream attention he deserves.
There was also other influences like Vox, my partner in crime Ryan King’s work on his channel Formuletta (Formerly Formulae), and others, and he’s edited my series to this point and has done a brilliant job of seeing my vision come to life, and it’ll only get better in time, so I owe him SO MUCH.
So, Episode 1, and I was greatly inspired by it after watching the IMSA Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona a fortnight ago, and seeing how outstanding a job Katherine Legge had done in the Deltawing, which after 2 years of being written off as a joke, suddenly handle like it was on rails, Legge starting from 13th, to eventually leading the race before the awful delayed FCY that caused an unnecessary accident, putting the team out altogether.
So, here’s the script for the first episode, with some extra notes put in where I deemed appropriate. Look out for the blue, it’s