Weekend Challenge: A Unique Point of View

Hello, my creative confidantes!

For this Weekend Challenge we're going to focus on using POV shots as artistic tools. Point of View (POV) is a shooting technique that shows the perspective of a scene from a character or object's position in the setting, whether it's seeing the world through someone's eyes or experiencing the action of orbiting a person as a jumprope, like in this mesmerising video from Callum Cooper:

When you're involved in the scene, the act of watching becomes more immersive than if you were watching everything as a bystander. The most common use of this technique is the "Leading Actor POV," where the audience experiences everything through the subject's eyes. Action cams work especially well for this:

Clips from Cinnamon Chasers - Luv Deluxe and Avalanche Cliff Jump.

But POV isn't limited to views from the actor's head. Think up some unique shots that really enhance the story you're trying to tell. Perhaps you're experiencing the world as a soaring bass guitar, or a delighted pup!

Clips from Battlesnake - The Cheshire Cat and Johnny Neon 'Hearts'.

It's pretty fun to think of creative ways to tell a story using nontraditional views and subjects, so why don't you give it a try? For this Challenge, we want you to explore multiple points of view as a shooting technique for a short narrative. You could try storyboarding your idea to help you come up with a shot list.

Clips from
David Finlayson's Trombone Silliness, and Last Day Dream.

Make sure to check out this lesson on POV for more examples of how to use POV to provide a unique perspective.

The Rules:
+ Make a narrative video that includes at least three POV shots from three different perspectives.
+ Keep your video under 3 minutes.
+ If you add music, use a song you've created or something from the Vimeo Music Store.
+ Upload and post your video to the Weekend Project Group by Tuesday, February 26th at 11:59 PM (EST).

Remember that only videos made specifically for this Challenge 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 Challenge will receive a free Vimeo Plus account for one year!

If you're already a Plus member, you'll get another year! The runner-up will receive an extra 3GB of upload space, Plus account or not.

Clip from Le Miroir.

Ready for a challenge?

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~~*~~~*~~*~*~ UPDATE ~*~*~~*~~~*~~

As always, I'm mesmerized by the creativity of our community! Challenge weekends are my favorite weekends.

First place this week goes to Elliot Higger, for his video "Tea", where split screen aides in showing each POV gazing in the direction of the other:

The runners-up are Sam Hamper with POV paintbrush, and Vrais Le Faux with Dionaea muscipula.

Special mention to Pi for filming the moments leading up to his baby's first experience in the world!



Pat Heine

Pat Heine

Good thing I am travelling this weekend!

Julian Huijbregts

Julian Huijbregts Plus

Nice challenge! *starts brainstorming*

About the rules:
"Make a narrative video using at least three POV shots from three different perspectives."

- Is it supposed to be POV all the time, 3 minutes of POV, consisting of 3 shots minimum? Or can the POV shots be mixed with others?

- 3 different perspectives - does that mean it has to include three 'different points of view' as in, actor 1, actor 2, dog 3, for example? or can it be one 'point' from different angles?

Cameron Christopher

Cameron Christopher Staff

Hey Julian -- good points!

Your video doesn't have to be entirely POV (I've changed the wording to "includes"), and 3 different points of view.

Julian Huijbregts

Julian Huijbregts Plus


My submission is up: vimeo.com/60513941

I really liked the theme of the challenge. it certainly made me interested in the POV technique. Also it made me use my good old photo camera again... it didn't see much action since I started filming :)

Circle Entertainment

Circle Entertainment Plus

Love this challenge! But still didn't get the 3 different points of view... just to be sure...
do you mean 3 different characters? or "a POV shown 3 times at least"?



This is interesting. Maybe I will try doing something next week. : )

Pierre Germain (Besutra)

Pierre Germain (Besutra)

Pues quizás así no hay malentendidos, pero se supone que inglés, alemán, francés, español ... debería entendenderlos todos por igual ;)

Daniel Hayek

Daniel Hayek Staff

Bueno, queremos que usas por lo menos tres differentes POV's en tu video. Que parte de las direciones no esta claro?

Cameron Christopher

Cameron Christopher Staff

Pierre, we're looking for three different points of view, not just 3 shots from the same point of view. Does that make sense?

Rich Beach

Rich Beach Plus

Hmmm, I have a few, made from my dog's perspective but need to change the music. However, here's my day being told I need surgery, on 12.12.12: vimeo.com/56703966

Elliot Higger

Elliot Higger Plus

Hey there-

I just realized I put up the wrong cut of my video (poor sound mix). I assume I can't re-upload, as the submit time has passed... but if it is at all possible- I would love to upload the final cut. Please let me know if it's possible. Cheers!

Cameron Christopher

Cameron Christopher Staff

Hey Elliot -- I added your video before, so I know you had it in on time. Go ahead and add the final cut!

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