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Weekend Challenge: Palindrome

Cameron Christopher
March 7, 2014 by Cameron Christopher Staff

Hello there, my retrograde rebels,

This weekend's Challenge will take quite a bit of planning, but I'm willing to bet you're all craftier than you think. Well no, I won't bet — I'm too cautious to be a gambler. But I get good vibes from this crew!

Your inspiration comes from this jaw-dropping "Palindromic" film by PARACHUTES, in which the second half is exactly the first half, played backwards (and mirrored). Unlike the footage, the plot continues forward:

This will definitely take some storyboarding to get right, but there are simpler and shorter ways to accomplish the same thing! As seen in the example video, to shift focus away from the weirdness of things moving in reverse, keep each clip short and avoid any dialogue (unless you've woven spɹɐʍʞɔɐq speech into your plot line!). Remember: It's not just a video that works forwards and backwards — both halves make one whole, and that whole must make sense!

+ Shoot a video that works forwards and backwards as one story.
+ Keep your video under three 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 videos 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, March 4th, 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?

Create a palindromic video!

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



Haha your not alone. Should be interesting.

Worldcolorstudio Plus

How or where do you see the previous weekend challenge winners and who decides on the winner.

Julian Huijbregts Plus

Wow, this is one tough challenge! Love the video. Mind blowing. Hope I can come up with something, very interesting concept to explore!

Michael Kozak

I think the difficulty level should be upgraded from "beginner" to "incredibly challenging"

Marvin Campos Plus

the most difficult part of this challenge consists in creating a kickass plot in less than a week LOL

Stanley Lee Plus

wow, it's tough one!
Looking forward the results even I may not have time to take this challenge.

David Guillemette

Does the image have to be mirrored too (left to right), or only the storyline as forward/backward?

Henry Burrows

I guess I was too early for this competition (and my film's a little longer than the three minute limit) but I made one of these a year ago... - it was a challenge getting the plot to work in both directions, but I think we ended up with something that worked reasonably well.

Looking forward to seeing what others come up with.

Jim Newberry

There's a fantastic Cibo Matto video, directed my Michel Gondry, for their track Sugar Water, that uses a similar concept, but different. That video is a diptych, showing the film on the left side, head to tail, and on the right side, the same footage, but tail to head, backwards. So you simultaneously watch the same footage frontwards and backwards. There are no cuts. Your head might 'splode.


Such a difficult challenge. Wondering who won in the end?

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