Weekend Challenge: Variations on a Theme II

Hey there, poignant pattern-makers,

The Challenge this weekend is to begin with one object or idea (your theme), and change it over the course of your video. A theme in music, usually a melody, is occasionally repeated in an altered way, which creates a variation of that theme. Sometimes this means adding other instruments to create harmonies, or changing the rhythm of the original melody.

A great musical example is Ravel's Bolero, which starts with the theme floating from a solitary flute and passes it around with variations by multiple instruments. The melody stays the same, but the orchestration grows in volume and density. Have a listen at 0:12 vs 13:03 (but be prepared, it's quite a volume change!):

Let's take a look at variation in nature: each of these leaves has the same basic properties and function as the others, but they come in many shapes and sizes. Great job, Oak tree! Thanks for helping me illustrate my idea!

Some examples of variations you could try:
- Film a short clip that loops, but alter the subject a little each time — like Pinggui Films did in their winning video FIT .
- Work with the same clip, but gradually change the way you edit it as the video progresses.
- Choose a word, then introduce and illustrate synonyms one by one.

Feeling creative? Ready to go? Take a look at the rules, and get started:

The Rules:

+ Make a video about variations on a theme of your choosing. Remember that only videos made specifically for this Challenge will be considered.
+ Keep your video under 2 minutes.
+ 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: vimeo.com/groups/weekendchallenge"
+ Upload and post your video to the Weekend Challenge Group by ***Tuesday, July 1st, 2014*** at 11:59 PM (EST).

The Prizes:

+ The winner will receive a badge on their video, and 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!

Ready for a challenge?

Create a theme, and develop variations!

Accept this challenge



Gangbuster Film

Gangbuster Film

Ravel's Bolero::if yall remember, I'm thinking Conan the Barbarian? It's where Conan topped over the huge caldron of 'human flesh soup' right before he and his team wreak havoc. Pretty awesome and amazing. Badass actually.



Ryan Toyota

Ryan Toyota Plus

I haven’t participated in the weekend challenge for a while, so I’m not sure if this is the norm now, but does it normally take this long for videos to appear in the group feed? I’m itching to see how the other submissions turned out. :)

Kenji Genso

Kenji Genso

I guess, the upload date is a little bit off. Except we get access to a time machine. Hm, good theme for the next challenge:)



Even the date of Cameron's post is a little bit off... is this a real challenge for this week end?

Jason Lea

Jason Lea

What date is this supposed to be in by??

Nagesh Kandel

Nagesh Kandel Plus

lol, that deadline?, its already over? .. A year ago? .. :P ,or even if its 2015, doesn't make it a "weekend" challenge, does it? hehe..

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Pick a subject and mess with it! This weekend, we're looking at themes and variations.

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