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Weekend Challenge: remix vids from your fellow creators

Sean McGilvray
July 31, 2015 by Sean McGilvray Staff

No artist operates in a vacuum. Every awesome piece of art has been informed by — and in turn informs — other pieces of awesome art. It’s the ol’ “sharing is caring” lesson, repurposed from kindergarten for our purposes of making badass films.

When you upload a video to Vimeo, you generally keep full copyright of that video. This means that no one can reuse, remix, or recut that video without your permission. That’s great for maintaining control over the stuff you put sweat and tears and creative genius into, but maybe you have some videos that you want to share with the world in a way that lets fellow creators play with your material.

Maybe you’re curious to see how other editors might cut the same scene. Maybe you want to see what kinds of visual effects or distortions someone might use to build on your raw footage. Or maybe you don’t know what to expect and just want to toss your work out into the wild and see what happens.

For times like these, consider releasing your videos under a Creative Commons (CC) license. Creative Commons gives people the ability to share their work freely with others, while still keeping some standard protections of a copyright. It’s a type of pre-emptive permission (or license) that you can apply to your videos that encourages others to reuse, remix, recontextualize, and other fun re-words about your work, all in new and exciting ways. For more of the finer points on this sorta thing, read up on our in-depth explanation of Creative Commons (we promise it’s straightforward and light on the jargonny legal lingo).  

For this week’s challenge, we’re asking you to take some videos that other Vimeo members have released under a Creative Commons license, and use them as raw material to make something new.

The Rules:

  • Take some (or all!) of these videos and recut, remix, reorder, or recreate them into a new video:

  • If you want to bring in other material released under a Creative Commons license you can search for those videos here on Vimeo, but you need to make absolutely sure that you only use material that has been released under an applicable Creative Commons license: CC-BY, CC-BY-SA, or CC-BY-NC. When in doubt, it never hurts to send the creator a message!

  • Your videos can make as little or much sense as you like, but we’ll be especially impressed with videos that are able to achieve thematic, narrative, or tonal consistency. Huge bonus points if you tackle themes of creativity or remixing!

  • Try to keep your entries under five minutes.

  • If you add new music, it should also be available under a Creative Commons license. Fortunately, we have an ample selection of tunes fitting that description in our Music Store.

  • New visuals should be wholly original — just like you!

  • Anything goes for the title, but add this at the end of your video’s description: “Created for the Weekend Challenge: Vimeo Weekend Challenge

  • Be sure to pay attention to the license terms! For example, one of the requirements most Creative Commons licenses have is “attribution.” This means you should absolutely give credit to the person who made the video, whether you include an on-screen credit in a motion graphic or place the filmmakers’ name and their video title in your description with a link to the clip page (preferably both!).

The Prizes:

  • The winner will receive a badge and a 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!

Update! We have a winner! (But really, we’re all winners for getting to watch these awesome videos.)

In For The Kill was our Runner-Up.

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



Wonderful idea ! Really helpful to understand the Creative Commons license thing.

Goda Januskeviciute

Hey, how to download the first video (stop motion body art)? There is no download button next to this one (although all the others are available for downloading). Could you suggest the new video instead of this one? This was really inspiring and giving nice ideas for the editing :)

John East Plus

Thanks so much, Sean, for putting the challenge.
As media becomes more central to our experience it's only normal that we reflect it, pace it, mix it, and express it as we see it.
I'm curious to see the work of fellow artists and to try it, too!

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