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Weekend Challenge: the 2016 memory bank

Mark Cersosimo
December 22, 2016 by Mark Cersosimo Staff

People are always telling me to get my eyes off of my phone and live in the moment. You know what I say to that? “I’m sorry, can you say that again to the camera? I hadn’t hit record yet.” OK, maybe I don’t go that far, but back in January 2014, I made the conscious decision to start filming a lot more. I have a pretty awful memory and I found that recording moments of my life, both big and small, let me appreciate them more. From the little things I would’ve totally forgotten about, to the subtle details of the bigger events, they’re now all captured on film.

But this also means I have tons of clips on my phone and various cameras that aren’t substantial enough to warrant their own video. So every three months, I take all my homeless video clips and string them together into something watchable. I began doing it just for me, but I’ve found that friends and family enjoyed spotting themselves, and even voyeuristic strangers were tempted to watch as well. And for filmmakers, it’s a great opportunity to get creative and use every bit of what you’ve got.

Here’s the last one I made, covering this past August through October.

My friend Cameron does his own version of these called “Memory Bank” (this Challenge’s namesake, in fact). Here’s his 2015 video:

Do you see where I’m going with this? For this extended Weekend Challenge (you’ve got ‘til the first week of January!), I want you to take a trip down memory lane, gather up all of the video you’ve shot this year that you haven’t used in other projects, and make a wrap-up video of your 2016.

Since this final Weekend Challenge of the year is a bit more substantial, we’re giving you some extra time to knock it out and doubling the prizes (win up to two years of Plus!). Happy end of 2016, friends. Can’t wait to see your creations. 

The Rules:

  • Three minutes or less in length, please.
  • If you add music, make sure you use a song you or a buddy created, or that you have the rights to.
  • Only videos made specifically for this Challenge will be considered.
  • Only use videos you shot in the year of 2016.
  • Anything goes for the 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, January 3, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. (EST). Just follow the screenshots below:

The Prizes:

  • The winner will receive a badge and a free Vimeo Plus membership for two years! If you’re already a Plus member, you’ll get another two years tacked on. If you have Vimeo PRO, we’ll give you one year of PRO added to the end of your current membership.
  • The runner-up will receive a free Vimeo Plus membership for one year. Current Plus members will get one more year added on, and PRO members will earn six additional months of PRO.

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!

Thank you to everyone who submitted to this Weekend Challenge! We loved the small peek into all of your lives.

The winner is 2016 by Hadrian Nava Embalsado


p>Our runner up is Home Video Diaries by AJ Molle

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


Wheeled Pedestrian

What a great idea. I often capture video of stuff that I like but then it just sits on my camera. This has inspired me to got the next step. Thanks. :)

thomthomproductions PRO

I was wondering if I was going to need all that footage...!
Release the Harddrives and be free my unloved ones!
(Traditional New Years Resolution... keep all old unused footage in a sensible filing system)

Romeus Palmer Plus

There's a part in my video where there's a famous Disney song, but it's done by small toys, and it's captured in the actual footage (in a japanese toy store). Is that ok ?

Romeus Palmer Plus

it seems like I still haven't received an answer by them, and the video still isn't added to the group either. I hope the music isn't a problem..

DJ Lee

How about a mashup of pictures? Still qualifies?

Victoria Janitsky

Oh , nice Idea , so all of my private shots will become public now :D

Gabriel FUNG a.k.a qbgabe12

I am doing exactly what this challenge want for my own "2016 year review" video, and I happened to login to Vimeo and saw this :)

Gabriel FUNG a.k.a qbgabe12

Done! Got to say if I was not edited with this challenge in mind, the video will be longer, and I won't go over it again and again ... ;)

p.s happy 2017!

Mark Cersosimo Staff

Ahhh, yes, that dang "challenge" part of Weekend Challenge will get ya every time! Haha :) Happy 2017 to you too, Gabriel!

Trace Meek Plus

Looking forward to giving this a shot! Is it OK to reuse original source footage that I may have already posted elsewhere this year as a standalone thing, such as on Instagram or here on Vimeo? I didn't see it specifically stated in the rules, but a couple of paragraphs earlier you mentioned, " you’ve shot this year that you haven’t used in other projects." Thanks.

Mark Cersosimo Staff

You can include some for posterity's sake, but it shouldn't consist solely of clips already used to stay within the spirit of the challenge.

Edrian Pangilinan

This totally speaks so much to me!!!! Considering how I capture so much moments but only use the best (selectively). This is definitely a good idea to put all of those to use :D

Arnaldo Noa Avila

Hay tantas cosas buenas que contar de este año que en un solo vídeo no es posible narrarlo

hussam halawa

i upload my video to the challenge but i cant see it
whats happening guys ??

Carissa Kacmarek Plus

Same thing is happening to me! I've been trying since yesterday just like the instructions say, which are simple enough, but the video still doesn't show up in the group. :(

Mark Cersosimo Staff

All videos must be approved by the Vimeo Staff before appearing in the group. We're out of the office until Tuesday so we'll resume accepting submissions then!

hussam halawa

thank you mark thank you for this amazing group :)

FrickWick Plus

The upload deadline says Wednesday January the 3rd. So is it due Wednesday or the 3rd? :D


lo siento pero no encuentro la forma de subir estos videos a su sitio de concursos, si me pudieran ayudar uds.les agradezco..

Sasha Gransjean (sæ∫ǝ) Plus

Hi Mark! I didn't see my vid up in the group and just wanted to make sure you saw my comment that I had trimmed it down to the 3 min mark and everything ::)

Mark Cersosimo Staff

Sorry! The video was not re-submitted to the group, so unfortunately it didn't show up in our queue.

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