12 Weeks of Summer: Week 2

Hopefully everyone got a chance to play a little bit and see what will work best for you over the next 12 weeks . . . your phone, point + shoot or DSLR camera.  Any video recording device  and editing program will work.  I’m going to stick with my iPhone for now since I haven’t experimented much with it.  I want you to get the most out of these challenges so use whatever works best for you.

For the next challenge we will be creating a 5×5 video.  If you have followed my blog you may remember last year my sister and I tried to create one 5×5 each month (we only made it 6 months 🙂 ).  A 5×5 is simply 5 short, 5 second clips.  Vimeo has an entire group dedicated to creating 5×5’s.  It’s a great way to practice shooting and editing on a very simple scale.  Check out one of my 5×5’s HERE.  The original 5×5 rules state that each clip should retain the original sound, but I’m not going to be so strict on this challenge.  Check out this 5×5 created by my sisters good friend Steve where he breaks this rule beautifully . . . https://vimeo.com/35935535.

I’d like your 5×5 to represent a day in your life.  Your first clip should be shot between the hours of 7-10, the second clip from 10-1, third 1-4, fourth 4-7 and fifth clip from 7-10.  These DO NOT have to be shot on the same day.  Take the week and experiment with some different shots. You could shoot your toast popping up out of the toaster, your morning commute to work, rain outside on the pavement . . . really anything.  Try to make your clips about 10 seconds each so that you can choose the most interesting (and steady) portions for your 5×5.  Most editing programs will tell you how long a clip is.  Edit each of your 5 clips down to exactly 5 seconds (no cheating here).  You can leave the original sound or add music of your choice.  If you are not sure how to edit clips down to 5 seconds search up a tutorial of your editing program on the internet- there is a wealth of information out there.

Publishing your 5×5 . . .

Most editing programs have an option to publish directly to You Tube, Vimeo or Facebook.  Flickr is another video hosting option.  You will have to create an account with one of these video hosts if you don’t already have one.  I use Vimeo, but there are quite a few good options.  The easiest is usually whichever one your program is automatically linked to.  Post a link to your video here or on the 12 Weeks Facebook page by next Monday June 17th  . . . don’t be shy!  We are all learning.  I’ll post mine next Monday too!  Have fun!!

*If you haven’t done it already, be sure to download the 8mm app free from Starbucks.  I did and it’s awesome.  You can process videos through the app that are in your camera roll already and then bring those videos into iMovie (thanks Christina Lawson for the tip!).

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June 10, 2013 - 7:49 am

Sandrine - Youhou ! What a great acomplishment ! Here I go 🙂 And thanks Melissa for these ideas.

June 11, 2013 - 4:16 pm

Christina Lawson - You’re welcome! I am looking forward to trying this challenge!

June 17, 2013 - 2:54 pm

Melissa - Elizabeth_ Wonderful! Love your first shot!! I think I would be sitting by the water all day if I lived there :). The last shot was so peaceful. Awesome work!!

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