Weekend Challenge: 2013 Memory Bank
Hey there, you sentimental sugarplums,
Although the calendar year may be a bit arbitrary, a fresh January does provide us with a specified time to think over the last 365 days. I find that the Memory Bank is a great way to fondly recall and document our annual trip around the sun.
Memory Banks are an excuse to take a look back through all the videos on your phone, the footage that didn't quite make it into your summer vacation video, and the scraps of video tucked away into folders within folders. That's the good stuff! I scoured through my hard drive last night to make an example, and I can tell you it's a thrilling experience:
One of the best parts about this Challenge, outside of coming away with your very own wrap up video, is the peek you get into someone else's life! Experiencing a sort of nostalgia for memories that aren't your own is neat. I feel that way when I watch last year's winning video by Matt Sears:
There are any number of ways to edit your Memory Bank video, but here are a few techniques to help get from clip to clip:
Visual Transitions - What works visually when moving from one clip to another? Think about lining the end of one shot up with the beginning of another. Swishblogs are a Vimeo Classic, using camera motion to ease transitions. Our very own Derek makes lots of these:
Audio Transitions - An easy way to smooth your video using sound is to let the audio from one track play through while changing the visuals. Using J-Cuts or L-cuts helps the video gain some continuity.
Rhythm - Think about the rhythm driving the clips, which can mean a few things. Alex's driving force was the limit of a second, but you could also pick music to carry the beat. As always, make sure you have the rights to the music you use! There's some really great stuff over at the Vimeo Music Store.
Themes - Maybe you don't feel like organizing things chronologically? Try grouping certain types of clips together. Crowd all the shots of crowds together in a 10-second whirlwind of concert footage, or put every sunset in a line. Get creative!
For a more detailed description of what a Memory Bank (or vidblog) is, check out our lesson Art of the Vidblog.
+ Recap your year with a Memory Bank video.
+ If you add music, make sure you use a song you or a buddy created, or something from the Vimeo Music Store! If you do choose to use a Music Store song, please throw a link in the description.
+ Add this at the end of your video's description: "Created for the Weekend Challenge: vimeo.com/groups/weekendchallenge"
+ Upload and post your video to the Weekend Challenge Group by ***Wednesday, January 8th, 2014*** 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! 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!
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