Weekend Challenge: Long Portrait
Hey best friends!
Before we get to this weekend's Challenge, I've got some exciting news to share with you. From now on, we're changing up our schedule...
That's right, we're going to have a Challenge every weekend! Something new each week means fresh ideas, increased creativity, extra chances at prizes, and more videos. I'm excited, and I hope you are too!
This week, it's all about patience -- your subject will need to have some. Made popular on Vimeo by Clayton Cubitt, the long portrait is a classic Vimeo project that takes portraiture photography and transfers it to video form. The result is a video that show a subject's subtle expressions, mannerisms, and gestures.
Josef Kubota Wladyka does something similar with his One Shot Stories. The voice of the subject in combination with the long portrait makes for a magical experience:
With such a simple concept, there's plenty of room for artistic decisions, like:
The placement and framing of your subject can make your portrait seem especially intimate, or constructed and formal. Since the camera isn't moving, think about what you'd like your shot to feel like. Make sure to check out our lesson on framing and composition to learn more about different shot styles and the Rule of Thirds.
Lighting can really set the tone of your long portrait, just like in a photograph. Whether it be natural or studio lighting, soft or harsh, each setup has a specific feel (which will influence your subject as well as your viewers). Little things, like paying attention to the White Balance or adding color with gels, really affect the mood.
With the visual decisions made, think about what the ears hear while they eyes are occupied. Sound is important, and can be underrated as a filmmaking tool. Your video could be accompanied by music from the music store, or simply the ambience of the room. We've got a few tips on capturing good sound.
+ Film a long portrait in a single shot with no camera movement, at any length you'd like.
+ If you add music, make sure you use a song you or a buddy created, or something from the Vimeo Music Store!
+ Add this to your video's description: "Created for the Weekend Challenge: vimeo.com/groups/weekendchallenge"
+ Upload and post your video to the Weekend Challenge Group by Tuesday, September 3rd at 11:59 PM (EST).
Only videos made specifically for this Challenge will be considered.
+ The winner 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.
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!
Ready for a challenge?
Film a long portrait!Accept this challenge
After gazing into so many eyes, this was a tough decision. I have so many favorites! After polling the team and getting into a few intense discussions, we have winners. First Place goes to Oversaturated Inc for the video Life Portrait:
Also, honorable mention to this adorable Grandpa!
This weekend, sit someone down and make them stay.
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