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Weekend Challenge: Web Series Trailer of your Dreams

Rebecca Tharp
May 21, 2015 by Rebecca Tharp Staff

What’s up, all you doers and makers?

We’re back again with a new Weekend Challenge, and hopefully one that’ll really make you pull that creativity cap on tight. This Challenge stems from a two-part Q&A session that we recently published with a few of the Community Team’s favorite web series’ creators. Give Part I and Part II a peek and with that info, as well as a few examples that I’ll share below, you should be totally prepped to create the fake web series trailer of your dreams!

The prompt here is to conceptualize a hypothetical web series and create a trailer to get your potential future viewers pumped up to watch! I took a stab at the Challenge myself and clowned around in a big way:

I teamed up with my pal Mark to come up with a concept and from there, we planned out a series of shots that would really work well for a trailer. Usually, a trailer is made after production has been completed. You’ll want to keep that in mind when you’re making a shot list, since you’ll want to think of shots that you would naturally find along the plot line of the hypothetical series.

You’re probably ready for a little more inspiration, right? Check out the High Maintenance trailer for their most recent set of new episodes. When you’re done with that one, check out All Over It’s trailer and F to 7th’s teaser. These are all fantastic examples to show you general structure, timing and feel of a series trailer.

Keep the following tips and tricks in mind for this Challenge:

  1. Try to write a script and make a shot list! This will be hugely helpful in choosing the precise scenes you want to include in your trailer.
  2. Vary your costumes! The point of a trailer is basically to combine lots of different smaller scenes from the entire series. It only makes sense that your characters would be wearing different outfits in these different scenes.
  3. Vary your locations! Make sure not every scene happens in front of the same background.

The Rules:

+ Create a fun and engaging trailer for a hypothetical web series. 

+ 3-minute maximum length

+ 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 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, May 26th, 2015***** at 11:59 PM (EST).

Only videos made specifically for this Challenge will be considered.

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!


p>[challenge: Exercise those make-believe brain muscles and create the web series trailer of your dreams. Don’t hold back!,url:]

Absolutely fantastic job to everyone that participated in the Web Series Trailer of Your Dreams Challenge! Watching all of your submissions was a blast. This week’s winner is Jon Kobryn with The Darker Matter! It was a serious thriller and kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time, just like a trailer should!

The runner up is:
Depression Beard.

Again, great job to everyone that contributed this week. You’re all trailer superstars in my heart!


p>We’ll see you for the next Challenge!

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


Ellen Pickering

My sick kitty watched your clown video intensely. I think she has a thing for clowns

Kenji Genso

Maybe I don't get, what the point of a trailer is. Is it NOT to make people curious?
You write "The point of a trailer is basically to combine lots of different smaller scenes from the entire series" and that may be right, but honestly, all these trailers somehow look and feel the same, they don't make me curious. Admitted, they give you the impression, that you might see some funny (most of them) or heartbreaking (some) things, but there is no dramatic turn that let's you ask: "How does it continue?", or "what's the story about?".
Or do I have a missconception of what webseries are?

Rebecca Tharp Staff

Hi Kenji- thanks for your interest! A trailer can go in a lot of different directions. You can use it to make your viewer curious about the series, you can use it to show your viewer what kind of content they'll be viewing if they choose to watch the whole series, you can use it to to give just a little taste of the content. When I say that the "point" is to use bits from actual scenes, I don't mean that that's the only way to accomplish a successful trailer! That's simply how lots of trailers (for web series or television series or even movies) get their viewers pumped to see more!

Kenji Genso

I slowly get it :)
Thanks for your help.

Levi Morris Plus

I used to participate in these challenges a lot. They're super great at helping you hone more skills. It's been awhile because I've been focused on other projects outside of Vimeo. Someone I know pointed out to me the similarity between the story/theme/images of your intro video for this weeks challenge and my weekend challenge entry from a few months ago:

Rebecca Tharp Staff

Whoa- what a coincidence! I guess becoming a clown is a fun story to shoot :) The drama of your video is great; I love it! Thanks for being a long-time Weekend Challenge participant, even if you've been a bit busy lately!

Thomas R. Wood Plus

Ha. I actually wrote an entire script for this a year ago that I'm still waiting to shoot, a short film that's just a trailer. But the shots were so ambitious and difficult to pull off on no budget, it's been tabled indefinitely.

We shall see.

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