As you may know, the 2012 Vimeo Awards Grand Prize went to Everynone for "Symmetry" — a tour de force of juxtaposition that made our inner auteurs yelp with delight. Check out the awesomeness:
The word "juxtaposition" has a lot of syllables, but the concept behind them is actually quite simple: It means placing things side by side in order to compare them, contrast them, or set up some other kind of relationship. In the video realm, one way to juxtapose things is with the split-screen effect, which often entails dividing the screen into left/right or top/bottom halves.
For this Weekend Project, we challenge you to shoot a variety of footage and edit your clips together in split-screen fashion. When editing, try comparing and contrasting both physical properties (color, texture, or shape) as well as symbolic ones (cultural, emotional, or philosophical ideas). We hope this technique will help your shots take on new meaning! Here are two more split-screen videos to inspire you:
James W. Griffiths made "Splitscreen: A Love Story," which exhibits a particularly playful use of the technique.
"Euphoria II," a video for Casey Veggies by Clement & Co., is a spectacular example of the ol' top/bottom approach.
If you're not sure how to achieve the split-screen effect with your editing software, don't scream. There are plenty of tutorials on the web. Try searching for the name of your software and the words "split-screen" or "masking."
Here are the rules for this Weekend Project:
+ Your video must be split into at least 2 screens at all times.
+ Your video must be no more than 3 minutes long.
+ You must upload and post your video to the Weekend Project Group by Tuesday, June 26th at 11:59 PM (EST).
Please remember that only videos made specifically for this Weekend Project will be considered. All videos must be approved by the Vimeo Staff before appearing in the Group, so don't worry if your video doesn't show up at first. We'll get to it!
The winner of this Weekend Project will receive a free Vimeo Plus account for one year! If you win and you're already a Plus member, you can gift the Plus account to whomever you choose, and we'll give you an extra 5GB of upload space for your account. The runner-up will receive an extra 3GB of upload space, Plus account or not.
We can't wait to see what you put together!+ More from the Staff Blog Archive