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Weekend Project: Wetter is Better!

Ian Durkin
August 16, 2012 by Ian Durkin Staff


I was thrilled to see such an awesome turnout for this Weekend Project. Way to go, guys! There were so many creative approaches to the simple task of involving water and I had a blast watching all 99 of the submissions. Thank you all for putting in the time to make them and for participating. I hope you all had fun doing so.

Okay, on to the winners.

The Grand Prize goes to Pepe Gay

Weekend Project: Wetter is Better! by Pepe Gay from Pepe Gay on Vimeo.

The color grading, shot selection and brevity of this piece was what made it stand out. I thought it was filmed expertly and the final piece flowed nicely.

Runner up goes to Leon Kuklinski for the video 18August2012

And an honorable mention goes to TALLTREE for the video bAJAbLUE

You can view all the videos in the Wetter is Better Album

Thanks again to everyone who submitted. You all did a great job!


Hi Vimeans,

This weekend, we challenge you to get wet (platonically, buddy). Find some water and make movie magic with it. If you'd like to stay dry, that's okay, too — the only rule is that your video includes water, and our understanding is that it hides in all sorts of places, including faucets, pools, the sky, and perhaps on Mars.

If your camera is equipped to dip (waterproof), we definitely encourage you to submerge it. As Mark Peters recently reminded us, there's a whole world under the water. And if you're lucky, you can capture it:

If your camera is not waterproof, we ask that you refrain from submerging it. Unless you really hate it.

For some tips on shooting beneath the surface, check out our Vimeo Video School Lesson on The Basics of Underwater Video.

Sometimes, if the water in question is the ocean, you’ll find people riding on top of it in an activity we call surfing. We very much like surfing, so we teamed up with to show you How to Make a Surf Video.

Now let's get down to the rules:

  • Find some water and shoot in and/or around it.

  • Edit your video down to one minute or less.

  • Upload and post your video to the The Weekend Project Group by Tuesday, August 21st at 11:59 PM (EST).

What you shoot is up to you, but get creative with your shots and subjects. Remember that only videos made specifically for this Weekend Project will be considered. 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!

The winner of this Weekend Project will receive a free Vimeo Plus account for one year!

If you're already a Plus member, you can gift the Plus account to whomever you choose, and we'll give you an extra 5GB of upload space for your account. The runner-up will receive an extra 3GB of upload space, Plus account or not.

I look forward to seeing what you come up with!


Luke Pellizzari

This sounds awesome, I've always wanted to shoot underwater! May have to settle for "around" for now though.
Just to clarify, August 23rd is a thursday :P

ste sba

Hey cool,
that's what i was thinking about!

Anyone has a clue on how to achieve a good shooting from downside prospective with water?
Uhm...not so clear, but just take a look at Radiohead's video "All I need" by Michel Gondry: around minute 1.15 there's what i'm talking about :)
Thanks for the help

ste sba

Yes, that's for sure!
But how you can build up this kind of environment? I mean, I don't think a plastic bowl is enough!

ste sba

eheh thanks...
I was wondering if there was some inexpensive and tricky way to achieve it but seems not.

Kelvin K.

Let's get wet!!!!!!!!!!!!!1


How strict is the 1 min limit? Mine goes beyond that because it is in extreme slowmo, so think if it were in normal speed, anyway here it is, let me know what u think


I am really excited about this premium giveaway and challenge

Olivisha films

Daft question, where do you post videos? Can't see a shout box on that group...

Ian Durkin Staff

Hey there, click the "Add to..." button on your video's page and then put a check next to the Vimeo Weekend Project group.

Lynn Magnuson

That shouldn't be hard ... it's been stormy and pouring rain all day long, and I got wakened by a thunderstorm this morning!


Andrés de Tovar

I'm depressed, I believe the 1 HD video per week limit won't let me upload what I made in HD like it deserves :(

Andrés de Tovar

You made my day Daniel, you made my day. Muchas gracias!

Daniel Hayek Staff

They do appear to be actively immersing themselves in an aqueous solution of significant salinity. Thank you for sharing.

Jack Fleming Films Plus

Problem... I ran out of MB'S until Thursday but i did make the one i posted earlier shorter and eligible for the contest. What should i do?


ey! this is mine vimeo...challenge accepted!!

Peabody Wormsworth

Where are the winners of the weekend projects announced? Is there a common location where I can view winners of the various challenges?

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