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Weekend Challenge: Dreams & Nightmares

Chris Osborn
July 2, 2015 by Chris Osborn Alum

Hello hello, all you dreamers and believers!

The human brain is a funny thing. Even when you think you’re doing nothing, zoning out listening to some music and eating some possibly expired leftovers, your mind is hard at work, ticking away in the background and making sure everything is in working order.

It is possibly at its most creative when you are asleep, while it’s crafting intricate stories so that they seem so real in the moment, only to evaporate upon waking. You can battle gigantic dinosaurs that look like your fourth-grade homeroom teacher, or plan a heist with wisecracking toddlers, or find yourself with your pants down at an important work meeting! The most banal situations can transform instantly into grand adventures, and even the strangest visions seem completely logical.

Dreams are arguably the most cinematic that your brain gets! The intricate mechanisms of the dreamstate have been physicalized to great effect in films that range from the highbrow (the work of David Lynch and Andrei Tarkovsky), to the horrific (A Nightmare on Elm Street), to the classic (The Wizard of Oz), and the blockbuster (Inception, The Matrix). Heck, even Riley’s dreams in Inside Out were made in a movie studio!

For this week’s challenge, we encourage you to go deep into your dreams and nightmares and adapt them for the screen. Let us see what you see when you close your eyes.

I filmed one of my nightmares to give you an example. It’s pretty crazy!

You can use whatever equipment or medium you want! Live-action, animation, experimental — it’s all up to you! We encourage you to take risks and get weird with it. Just make sure you are adapting a very real dream or nightmare either you or one of your crew members actually remembers. With some creative liberties taken, of course.

The Rules:

+ Create a video adaptation of a real dream or nightmare either you or one of your crew members experienced. Only videos made specifically for this Challenge will be considered.

+ Write what you remember from the dream in your video’s Description.

+ Take risks and get weird with it!

+ Please try to keep your entries under five minutes in length.

+ 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 the title, but add this at the end of your video’s description: “Created for the Weekend Challenge: Vimeo Weekend Challenge

+ Upload and post your video to the Weekend Challenge Group by *****Tuesday, July 7, 2015***** at 11:59 PM (EST).

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The Prizes:

+ The winner will receive a badge and 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!

Sleep well!

We had such a GREAT turnout this week, with beautiful aesthetic risks taken and enigmatic dreams to fall into.

CONGRATULATIONS to our first place winners Mark Pulaski & Nick Vega for their entry, DREAM RECALL:

Our runners up are:

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


Stéphane Monnet Plus

I post my video yesterday and i don't see it in the group ! I want to participate !

Chris Osborn Staff

Hi Stéphane! I just added your video to the Group. Thanks for submitting! :)

Jorge González R

This is an awesome idea, it is too late to do it for me but I'll be checking the works it's always interesting.

Tiziano Fioriti Plus

Hi, I just uploaded a music video particularly dedicated to nightmare and addiction. Can I submit it?

Chris Osborn Staff

Hi Tiziano, Sorry, but the deadline for this week's Challenge has passed. Great work on the video though!

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