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Weekend Challenge: Moments of zen

Darnell Witt
August 28, 2015 by Darnell Witt Alum

Update: This challenge has now ended! Scroll to the bottom to see our winner.

Meditation helps us break from the stream of thoughts flowing through our brains and reminds us that we are so much more than the rational constructs we build to get through our daily lives. We are the awareness that underlies everything we think, feel, sense, and tweet.

You don’t have to close your eyes to enter this state of being. Meditation can happen while you’re riding a train, eating a meal, walking through a forest, or experiencing a work of art. Any time you step back from your Thinking Self and tune in to your Perceiving Self, you are practicing meditation.

The goal of this challenge is to create a meditative video that inspires your viewers to quiet their chattering brainboxes and dive into a subterranean state of consciousness.

Just as there’s no right way to meditate, there’s no wrong way to interpret this challenge.

You might compose a visual poem or lead a guided meditation (serious or otherwise).

The video itself can be a meditation on the beauty of nature, the cadence of the city you live in, or anything else that inspires you.


You can use techniques like slow motion, timelapse, or mirroring (all of which you can do on more recent smartphones) to expose the uncanny in the everyday:


You might compose an exceedingly tranquil documentary that lulls us into a state of deep relaxation:

Or create an utter abstraction that removes us from the physical plane altogether:


Not sure where to go with this? Look inside and the answer will come. ;)

The Rules:

  • Create a meditation video (or a video meditation) under three minutes following the guidelines above your inner light.
  • Tip: Unless you’re making an instructional video, try to avoid text, narrative, song lyrics, or anything else that actively engages the rational mind. That’s the part we’re trying to rest.
  • If you include music, be sure to credit it. (And only use music that is you have permission to use! You can find free and inexpensive tracks in the Music Store
  • Remember that only videos made specifically for this Challenge will be considered.
  • Be creative with your 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, September 1, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. (EST).

The Prizes:

  • The video maker with the chillest vibes (aka, the winner of this challenge) will receive a badge on their video, and a free Vimeo Plus account for one year! If you’re already a Plus member, you’ll get another year tacked on to the end of your current subscription.
  • The runner­-up will receive an extra 3GB of upload space in their weekly quota!

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!

I’m feeling ~immensely blissed out~ after watching (and re-watching) the nearly 100 mesmerizing submissions we received for this challenge.

Based on a staff vote, I'm very pleased to announce our winner:

Congratulations as well to our runner up, Asher Isbrucker, for his gorgeous Look Up - Cloudscapes.

Even these captivating pieces were but drops in a large bucket of truly beautiful video meditations. I strongly recommend playing this album in Couch Mode to take a few steps closer to nirvana.

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

34 Comments

Darnell Witt Staff

We allow a buffer of 5 to 10 seconds, but try to keep it as close to 3 as possible

Darnell Witt Staff

Wow, I love the term and the description in that post. Thanks for sharing!

kakounet

Like that, cool idea !

Majo Sánchez

Hi, can I upload more than one video for the challenge? :)

mary walton

going out , make major hit for the eyes video,

Adam Bazso

Hi! I added a video with the title "A Dream within a Dream", I uploaded it and choose "Vimeo Weekend Challenge" as a Group by the button "Collections", but the video didn't appear yet among the videos. I hope you will receive it. Thank you in advance! Have a nice day! :)

Darnell Witt Staff

Hey Adam! All videos have to be manually approved before they show up. I will add yours and a bunch of others today. Thanks for submitting!

Adam Bazso

Dear Darnell, thank you very much for your answer and the info! :)

Nacho Velasco Plus

Hi!

Yesterday I added my contribution to this challenge, and I can't see it.

As I'm reading, it's the same with other people, it was just to notice.

Thanks!
Nacho

Darnell Witt Staff

We approve the videos manually before they show up publicly. I'll be adding more today. Looking forward to watching your video! :)

Naptime PRO

Just submitted! Thanks for offering these challenges.

Sasha Gransjean (sæ∫ǝ) Plus

I'm just uploading my video meditation right now! woooo!

I made a kind of meditation for computers or computer driven humans.. haha

Darnell Witt Staff

Winners will be notified by private message. The winners will also be announced in a message sent to the Weekend Challenges group. Join the group to be notified: Vimeo Weekend Challenge

احمد نیکوگر

تمرکز در درون فلسفه خاص خود را دارد که هر انسان به فراخور داشته های درون به ان خواهد رسید

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