Weekend Challenge: Shoot an Interview

Hey there, inquisitive investigators!

After the recent Stillmotion and Shooting an Interview lessons, we're still in a storytelling mood. I bet you know someone who can really tell a tale, or is an interesting story in their own right! This is the chance to introduce us to them, and document that yarn spinning with an interview.

For a great example of interview shots, check out this video about the record label DFA. Pay attention to how they use interviews, as well as insert and establishing shots, to better tell the story:

All you've got to do is find a subject and start inquiring! Our only requirements are that you keep it under three minutes and use a classic interview setup at some point in your video. Don't worry, there's no need to be an expert or have expensive equipment!

Refresh your memory with our lesson on Shooting an Interview:

Here are some things to try:
+ Include b-roll, creative commons, or free archival footage that relates to what the subject is saying.
+ Establish the location or background of the story/interview.
+ For sit-down interviews, think about using 3-point lighting or manipulating the natural light with a bounce.
+ J-Cuts and L-Cuts are very helpful to add fluidity to your shots, carrying the audio through to the next scene.

The Rules:
+ Interview somebody with a good story.
+ Include at least one standard interview shot of your subject.
+ 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 Challenge Group by Tuesday, May 21st 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, and one of our stunning new trophies!

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.

Ready for a challenge?

Document an interesting story with an interview.

Accept this challenge


I was impressed by how different each entry was this weekend! The winner this time around did something I hadn't even thought of when the challenge was thought up, and that's always the best.

This week's winner is lanacaprina with his video, Pack of Lies:

We've got two tied as Runners Up: Rob Neville's gaming discussions in Minecraft Interview, and Bernie Rao's storytelling in Waiariki - Tuia Journey.

Honorable mention to the super creative Benjamin Button But Better by Allan Crook.

Thanks for joining the fun, and see you next week!



Justin Waldman

Justin Waldman

First accept this Challenge - click on "Accept this challenge" above. Then, when you upload the video, as soon as the video is uploading, right below the coloured Uploading progress bar you'll see "Basic / Privacy / AddTo / Embed / Advanced". Once the movie is uploaded, click on "AddTo" and you'll see there a button alongside the words "Vimeo Weekend Challenge". Click on the button - and your movie will be directed to that group. It won't appear immediately in the group because it first has to be checked by the staff - but as they say, they'll get round to it.

Steve Alderman

Steve Alderman Plus

Why can't we use a song we have the rights to? A royalty free piece.

artFARM pictures

artFARM pictures Plus

I went to DFA's website and they have this film on their site, but it's hosted via YouTube. Oh shit people just don't understand quality.



(with a very patient face) When is the confrontational Interview Tutorial planned?

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Interview somebody with a good story for this weekend's Challenge.

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