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Hello hello, all you dreamers and believers!

The human brain is a funny thing. Even when you think you’re doing nothing, zoning out listening to some music and eating some possibly expired leftovers, your mind is hard at work, ticking away in the background and making sure everything is in working order.

It is possibly at its most creative when you are asleep, while it’s crafting intricate stories so that they seem so real in the moment, only to evaporate upon waking. You can battle gigantic dinosaurs that look like your fourth-grade homeroom teacher, or plan a heist with wisecracking toddlers, or find yourself with your pants down at an important work meeting! The most banal situations can transform instantly into grand adventures, and even the strangest visions seem completely logical.

Dreams are arguably the most cinematic that your brain gets! The intricate mechanisms of the dreamstate have been physicalized to great effect in films that range from the highbrow (the work of David Lynch and Andrei Tarkovsky), to the horrific (A Nightmare on Elm Street), to the classic (The Wizard of Oz), and the blockbuster (Inception, The Matrix). Heck, even Riley’s dreams in Inside Out were made in a movie studio!

For this week’s challenge, we encourage you to go deep into your dreams and nightmares and adapt them for the screen. Let us see what you see when you close your eyes.

I filmed one of my nightmares to give you an example. It's pretty crazy!

You can use whatever equipment or medium you want! Live-action, animation, experimental —it’s all up to you! We encourage you to take risks and get weird with it. Just make sure you are adapting a very real dream or nightmare either you or one of your crew members actually remembers. With some creative liberties taken, of course.

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Shooting
Difficulty:
beginner

Hello hello hello my weekend friends,

Unless you’re still rocking the rotary, you probably have a mobile device that shoots video. And if you shoot video on your phone, you probably are looking for ways to edit and share that video. Vimeo and our just-released editing app Cameo to the rescue! This Weekend Challenge is all about making video you shoot on your phone look as awesome as possible.

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Category:
Shooting
Difficulty:
beginner

Hello, greetings, and welcome to another Weekend Challenge!

It's springtime here in the Northern Hemisphere and this week, we're getting down with the time-honored tradition of saying goodbye to dust bunnies beneath your bed and farewell to the fuzz behind your bookshelf. Yep — we're putting a digital spin on spring cleaning.

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Category:
Shooting
Difficulty:
beginner

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!

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Category:
Shooting
Difficulty:
beginner

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