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Weekend Challenge: Words of Wisdom

Cameron Christopher
November 15, 2013 by Cameron Christopher Staff

Hey there, you graceful gurus,

Sometimes you just need a little advice. Calling home, spending an evening with a friend, or seeking some guidance from outside world often helps ease your mind and lift your spirits. Something I often find myself referencing is this amazing piece by artist/fiilmaker, Andrea Dorfman, and poet/singer/songwriter, Tanya Davis:

This video has it all: a fantastic poem about how to be happy with yourself, a great custom-made soundtrack, intimate visuals with adorable illustrations. Forget self-help books! If only there were artful videos out there full of great advice and good vibes…

What do you say we make them?

You could take tips from Andrea's video by acting out your advice with a voiceover, or writing music and poetry. This can be tricky if you don't have someone to film you (or aren't a talented musician or poet), so feel free to think up other ways to illustrate your advice. Maybe you have one solid gold bit that stands alone, or perhaps you have a list of your Top Ten Techniques for living a fulfilling life.

How would you want to soak up wisdom from a video?

+ Give some advice, in whatever way you prefer!
+ Avoid being a "talking head" for too long!
+ Keep it under 3 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, November 19th, 2013***** at 11:59 PM (EST).

Only videos made specifically for this Challenge will be considered.

+ The winner will receive a free Vimeo Plus account for one year, and one of our stunning new trophies! 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?

Share some words of wisdom with us!

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


Annabelle Gustat-Karzen

Do we have to write the poem ourself? Or can we use a poem we like and give credit to the author?

Cameron Christopher Staff

It doesn't even have to be a poem! But if there's a poem you like that offers good advice, go for it :)

Steven Pringle

When are these challenges usually posted? I sometimes get to see them hours late. I know that is part of the challenge (and I welcome it) but it would be nice if you put the usual posting time on the general description in the weekend challenge group.

Cameron Christopher Staff

Hey Steven, it can be anywhere from Noon - 6pm EST on a Friday. We're working on some ideas to make the group cleaner and more informative, thanks for your idea!


great challenge!

i wish vimeo could have a subtitling system to make it more accessible. have you considered incorporating ?

cheers ;)

Hayley Riby

Great Stuff! Please can you tell me When will the next challenge be set? Ive just missed the deadline for this one.


If I replace the HD version of my video on friday... Will it still be in the Vimeo Weekend Challenge group?


This girl is from Halifax! Woot Woot


Love, love, love this! Going to try to get some students in our school district to build one.

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