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Weekend Challenge: Pet Portrait II

Cameron Christopher
July 18, 2014 by Cameron Christopher Staff

Hey there, cool cats,

This weekend, we want to tap into a talent that every person has inherently, deep in the core of your being—documenting your pet. The subject matter is the easy part, but how you choose to film them is up to you. Think about the unique qualities of your animal of choice, and let that influence your style.

Take these two videos by Matt Wiebe; in the first, the sleepy pugs are captured with still shots from multiple angles so that we may bask in their stillness:

But in THIS video, the dog-level camera alongside the same pups makes for an exciting portrait that features their playful spirits:

There are plenty of ways to make a unique portrait of your pet! Perhaps a hidden camera to capture your cat's sneaky tricks, or a narrator to give insight into what a chameleon thinks? Make it interesting, and have fun! I've collected some of our favorite pet videos here for inspiration.

The Rules:

+ Shoot a portrait of your pet! Remember that only videos made specifically for this Challenge will be considered.
+ Keep your video under 2 minutes long.
+ 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.
+ 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, July 22nd, 2014***** at 11:59 PM (EST).

The Prizes:

+ 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?

Shoot a portrait of your pet!

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


Alexandros Benveniste

Hey Cam, nice challenge! I got a question though; no more vimeo statues for the winners?

The Cat Gibson

Wow, perfect timing for my first challenge! Looking forward to seeing all the entries!

Matt Henry

You guys are far to kind! Thanks for sharing my videos!!!

Peter Dyrholm

Matt your pups are great inspiration. I do very very little video. Still trying to get a hang of the moving picture ;-)
your videos are great inspiration :-)

Jordi Mol

Ey guys, how come my video, wich i uploaded last sunday, still isn't on the weekend challenge?

Marcelo Souza de Araujo

Maybe you have won! :D but I really don't know, my took also sometime to be uploaded!

Jordi Mol

When did you upload yours then?

Jordi Mol

i uploaded mine on sunday, it still isn't there. To bad Cameron Christopher doesn't respond to this.. :(

Henry Matias

I'm new and have no idea how to edit videos or add music and even put it together to make it look like a show piece. I have 1400 pictures transferred to my iPhone from the wiffi of my Nikon camera.
Beautiful pictures of Paris.
I enjoyed your video as it put something simple like pugs chasing a ball and turned it into a show piece with music.

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