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Weekend Challenge: Cook up a Recipe II

Cameron Christopher
March 28, 2014 by Cameron Christopher Staff

Hey there, my ravenous rabble-rousers,

Late Wednesday night, I bought all the ingredients to make a Red Velvet Cake. I didn't get around to making it because I had unwatched Broad City episodes to attend to, but the intention was there. Inspired by that cake that almost was, this lesson about filming a recipe video, and our insatiable appetite for all things edible, we're bringing back the Cook up a Recipe Challenge!

Instead of shining in the spotlight as the host of your own cooking show, try using this video format to focus on the food. A previous Challenge winner, Dorian Warneck packed an entire culinary experience into his recipe video, "El Bean Bowl":

Another great example is this beautiful video by tiger in a jar, which highlights the stories of the kitchen in addition to the gorgeous lemon tart:

Here's a list of suggestions to get you going:

1. Pick a recipe
What recipe do you want to share with the world? Pick one! As long as it’s delicious, you’re golden.

2. Choose a location
You don’t necessarily have to shoot in a kitchen. Find a place that compliments your ingredients with lots of natural light, or set up a simple studio with ample indoor lighting! For more on using what you've got, check out our lesson on Lighting with a Bounce.

3. Prepare your ingredients and tools
Before you shoot, make sure you’ve got all the necessary ingredients measured out and tools prepared.

4. Prepare your equipment
Think about the lenses you're going to use, and something to keep you steady!

5. Shoot everything
Cooking moves fast, and once a moment has passed it’s hard to go back, so make sure you capture it all. If the recipe allows for it, make the food twice and focus on different views each time!

6. Vary your shots
Editing is easier when you have lots to work with. Our lesson on Varying your Shots will help you avoid staying in the same place for too long!

7. Edit it down
Lay out your clips in sequential order, make sure you’ve told the entire story, then, start cutting away at it.

8. Add text or voice over
Titles or voice over can add a useful instructional element to your video, and you may want to add those important measurements and instructions.

9. Mix in some music
Music can go a long way in carrying your piece. Find a song in Vimeo Music Store and add it into the mix!

Make sure to check out the lesson for a deeper look at how a recipe video comes together!

+ Create a recipe video!
+ Keep it under 3 minutes.
+ 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.
+ Anything goes for your video's title, but add this at the end of your video's description: "Created for the Weekend Challenge:"
+ Upload and post your video to the Weekend Challenge Group by *****Tuesday, April 1st, 2014***** at 11:59 PM (EST).

Only videos made specifically for this Challenge will be considered.

+ The winner will receive a badge on their video, and 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!

Ready for a challenge?

Make some delicious food, and film while you're at it.

Accept this challenge
In this ongoing Vimeo Video School series, we present our community with fun challenges to help hone their video-making prowess.


Crunch Pixels

Great, I already had plans to do a short film on food preparation with my favourite ingredient! This one comes at a perfect time.

Robert Malcolm

I also had the same plan and did the filming yesterday. This morning my inbox contained an urgent editing job that I've been tied to all day and will be so again for most of tomorrow (and I've promised to take my wife out for lunch tomorrow - a promise is a promise).

Boo! ;)

James Bernal Plus

Apologies for the message, but I added a video to the Weekend Project group last night and while I know it has to be approved first, I saw a few other new videos this morning and thought maybe something was wrong? It was this one, ( ) thanks in advance!



same as James, we have to wait? We are anxious to see our video in the group!!! :S

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