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Weekend Challenge: Let there be interesting light!

Andy Wall
April 15, 2016 by Andy Wall Staff

Happy Friday, fellow Vimeans!

It’s been a long 34 weeks since our last 5x5, but this Weekend Challenge we’re bringing back that classic format. If you’re unfamiliar, worry not because it’s very straightforward: a 5x5 is a 25-second video composed of five 5-second clips, using only the natural sound from each clip.

This week, we’re expanding on the illuminating theme from the previous 5x5 and asking you to build your video out of  ~~interesting light~~. We want you to look a little deeper, past the fluorescent tubes in your office and supermarket. Switch off one or all of the lights you use every day, and observe how that changes the appearance of the everyday. We know all too well what our faces look like in the bathroom mirror lights, but what do those same faces look like at sunset under a streetlight?

In short, think of light as your daily routine and break it! Take a spontaneous road trip, or just a trip to somewhere around your house, apartment, or town that you normally don’t frequent around a particular time of day.

Interesting light can be all natural, as in this example:

Or it could be a night of campfires, fireworks, and (figurative) fire on the dance floor:

As always, think about how you could use different aspects of moviemaking, like transitions, shot composition, and natural sound. There’s plenty of light out there and you’ve only got 25 seconds to showcase it!

The Rules:

  • Create a video made up of five 5-second clips showcasing interesting light.
  • Keep it as close to 25 seconds in length as possible.
  • Use only natural sound (no adding songs you or your friend made, from the Vimeo Music Store, or our iPhone editing app Cameo).
  • Remember that 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 Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. (EST).

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 a whopping 78 entires to the Challenge this week - you all found so much gorgeous light for me gaze at - but Amy Jenkins came away the winner with her video “Saturday Snow Lights”!

Our runners up were “Lightnings over Laguna Blanca” by andrea ruffini and “Fire run // Correfoc” by Joancarles Ambrojo.

Thanks again to everyone who participated, and we’ll see you again next time!

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


Bryan Fisher Plus

Just wondering if the use of slow-mo or timelapse is acceptable?

Mark Cersosimo Staff

Hi Bryan, you may, but the natural sound must still be present in the video - whether that's slowed down or sped up.

Rui Pinto

Going for first place this time? Eheh :D waiting to see the final result

Mikael Coleman Plus

Would it be against the rules to have a recorded sound of people singing or humming actually playing in the clips? Or is that considered fine since it's the sound in the clip?

Andy Wall Staff

As long as the sound is in the clip itself, you're golden!

Andy Wall Staff

There's no explicit rule against it, but they would all be competing against each other. It's best to focus on creating one great video than a few okay ones!

Ryq Peden

Is it ok to add a title screen, in addition to the 25 seconds of five second clips? What about a credit roll at the end?

Ryq Peden

Oh shoot, already uploaded it with a title and credits (each five seconds long). Should I edit it and upload it again?

Amr Ali

this weekend is mine :)

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