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Weekend Challenge: find your center II

Mark Cersosimo
September 2, 2016 by Mark Cersosimo Staff

It’s time to channel your inner Wes Anderson, find your center, and bend the video-making conventions. All film schools will teach you about the rule of thirds, letting you know it’s something that every filmmaker lives and dies by. But we say that rules are meant to be broken and stomped on sometimes — and this is one of those times! So this weekend, embrace centering your subjects to create something special.

For inspiration, watch this supercut of shots from Wes Anderson, the director who popularized filmmaking symmetry.

There’s actually a pretty amazing precedent set for this one: last time we did this Challenge, the winning video was so incredible that it was Staff Picked! We hope one of you will be able to pull off that incredible feat this time as well.

So how should you approach your centered masterpiece? The rules are simple: conceptualize, shoot, and edit a video —  no more than one minute in length — exclusively using shots where the subject is centered. Keep in mind, your final video does not need to be symmetrical by any means, only centered! Feel free to play with asymmetry and balance as long as your subject is in the middle of that frame. Good luck and have fun!

P.S. Do note that we’re giving you an extra day for this Challenge, as many of our American friends are traveling over Labor Day weekend and we want to make sure everyone has enough time to edit!

The Rules:

  • One minute or less in length, please.
  • Your subject must be centered in every shot of the video.
  • Only videos made specifically for this Challenge will be considered.
  • 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 Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. (EST). Just follow the screenshots below:

The Prizes:

  • The winner will receive a badge and a free Vimeo Plus membership for one year! If you’re already a Plus member, you’ll get another year tacked on. If you have Vimeo PRO, we’ll give you six more months of PRO added to the end of your current membership.
  • The runner-up will receive a free Vimeo Plus membership for six months. Current Plus members will get six more months added on, and PRO members will earn three additional months of PRO.

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!

We had such an incredible set of unique entries this week! Our favorite of the bunch was A Whispery Weekend by Recal Media. We’re not quite sure we’ve ever seen anything like this before!

Our runner up is Thoughts by Roald Dahl uploaded by Andrea Marshall


p>Thank you all so much for participating!

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



This challenge sounds good...!!!

Mark Cersosimo Staff

Hello there! Don't worry, you were able to get it into the group. Unfortunately, your entry was 9 seconds over the run-time limit and wasn't eligible to be included.

Mark Cersosimo Staff

You submitted on time but your video's run-time was too long. The video had to be 60 seconds or less and yours is 1:09.

Luis Fernando Arroyave Roldan

excùsenme el nivel de inglès bajiiito,me emociona ver esto despues de trabajar 45 años como educador de escuela primaria y saber que la imàgen y el arte son los pilares para llegarle a los alumnos de clase pobre y asi recuperarlos para una vida econòmicamente activa porque esta estrategia de apoyo los llevarìa optimistas hasta obtener asì sea un tìtulo de tècnico o de tecnòlogo y que la sociedad no pierda un ser humano por la indiferencia de otro(s) ser(es) tambièn humanos ....."el ser humano es el ùnico animal que se aporrea en la misma piedra varias veces". Gracias continuarè consultàndolos

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