I hope y’all aren’t too upset that I’m temporarily replacing Cameron, but he’s on a well-deserved vacation and I’m the stand-in for the Challenge this week!
The idea of “sound,” as vague and open-ended as it seems, has really been on my mind lately. Perhaps it’s living in a city as big and loud as New York, but I feel as though everyday I hear some particular sound that I’ve never heard before. Or everyday I hear snippets of conversations that beg me to hypothesize about strangers’ lives (I guess this is technically “eavesdropping,” but let’s let that slide). Or even hearing my footsteps on different types of ground – cement, grass, gravel – can be fascinating. Focus on the specificity of sound in this past Challenge winner, "Still life red," by Sequentia.
Do you hear those beautiful, delicate details? Of course the imagery is also fantastic, but it's the sound that really gets me here. The natural noise of things is spectacular.
Now, typically, I think that folks envision great films starting with an image. Right? But, can’t sound do the same thing?
That’s my challenge for you this week. Let a sound, or a series of sounds, inspire the rest of your film. The best way to do this is to be attentive of your surroundings, and perhaps carry a recording device around with you for a day (don't stress! You can always use your phone for this if you don't have a different recording device). Think about the following for your process:
- LISTEN! This is the most important and most crucial aspect of this week's challenge.
- Record sound with an idea of how it can pair with visuals later.
- No dialogue! It's ok if your recordings feature folks talking in the background, but no scripts or interviews here, folks!
- The emphasis of this challenge is on capturing meaningful sound and communicating that to your viewer. I recognize that not everyone has advanced recording devices, so don't worry if the quality of sound isn't the absolute best.
- Let sounds lead you to images, instead of vice versa. Once you're settled on some super sounds, add in imagery that lends to the sound of the piece!
- No additional sounds can be added in post!
Any questions? If so, please ask away in the comments below!
If you need a little more sound-spiration, check out this Gondry-directed Partizan spot for Gillette. Your ears will be absolutely tickled, so prepare yourselves.
+ Use sound to lead you to imagery in this aural-based challenge.
+ Max. length: under 3 minutes
+No need to worry about adding music, since you can't add anything in post!
+ Anything goes for the title, but add this at the end of your video's description: "Created for the Weekend Challenge: vimeo.com/groups/weekendchallenge"
+ Upload and post your video to the Weekend Challenge Group by *****Wednesday, May 21, 2014***** at 11:59 PM (EST).
Only videos made specifically for this Challenge will be considered.
+ 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! [challenge: Get out there and record some soundscapes! ,url:https://vimeo.com/groups/weekendchallenge]