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The Play Proposition IV 

Experiment. Learn. Develop.

May 19th to June 16th, 2017

What is the Play Proposition?
A weekly series of very short video projects that will help to expand your creative mind, skill-set, and maybe even your portfolio.
A new project challenge will be released each Friday, and project participants will have until Thursday of the following week to submit a completed short based on the criteria of the challenge.
 

These projects are designed to be achievable in 1 hour or less each week. Participants can work on projects for as much time as they'd like to, but the idea here is that even busy people can take part. Participants can use whatever equipment they have at their disposal, which means the cost to take part can be nil.

At the end, participants will have created up to 5 new works which they will share with other participants in the program for feedback, technique-talk and appreciation. Depending on how many people take part and contribute, we may cap off the series with a screening event.

Participation is free, and open to all. Producer members may access some Ed Video equipment to complete their projects.

Vital Information
• One challenge per week
• Finished videos will be very short 
• Videos may be shot on whatever technology you have available
• No meetings (maybe we’ll do one celebratory meetup at the end)
• No cost to participate
• A Vimeo account will be necessary for this. You can register for an account at no cost. Once you’ve signed up, please follow Ed Video from this link: https://vimeo.com/edvideo Videos will be shared online. You will be asked to sign up for a Vimeo account (free) to include your videos.
• Videos will be based on some kind of technical or thematic concept. 

 

 


Play Proposition IV Week 01

Rebel Rebel

This week’s proposition is all about breaking rules. From technical to theory, film and video making are filled with rules. Some of these rules are dictated to us by instructors or ‘masters of the medium’, some are peer-pressure, and some are self-imposed.

This week your job is to break a rule, break it hard, and break it well.

Which rule? That’s up to you. Cross the axis. Shoot out of focus. Don’t level your tripod head. Use a flamboyant star wipe. Leave your interview question in an edit. Write expository dialogue. Make a comedy about something that has no business being funny. Reappropriate footage. 

Any and all breakable rules are at your disposal. Have fun with breaking the rule of your choice, and try to break it well.

Criteria

  • Break at least one ‘rule’. 
  • Videos can be 1 frame to 3 minutes in length
  • Capture on any device capable of recording video/audio
  • Upload your video to Vimeo (or YouTube) by Thursday May 25th at 5pm, and send the link to angus@edvideo.org. *Vimeo is preferable 
  • If sharing to Vimeo, make sure you go into the settings and select “Add it to Collections”
 

Play Proposition IV Week 02

3 Seconds

This proposition is all about building a narrative through imagery. Create a short video that is comprised of a sequence of shots that last exactly 3 seconds. Your piece should tell a story, in either fiction or documentary format, that has a linear plot (beginning, middle and end).

Finally, you can’t record a separate narration or add sound effects. Any sound featured in the work must be recorded along with the image you are showing. 

Criteria

  • Create a short narrative video that is between 3 seconds and 3 minutes in length
  • Each shot in the project must be 3 seconds long. You may use the same shot multiple times, but never back-to-back
  • All audio must be recorded alongside the image
  • Capture on any device capable of recording video/audio
  • Upload your video to Vimeo (or YouTube) by Thursday June 1st at 5pm, and send the link to angus@edvideo.org.
  • If sharing to Vimeo, make sure you go into the settings and select “Add it to Collections”

 


Play Proposition IV Week 03
The Anecdote

This proposition is all about the story. Find a subject who can tell a short story to the camera about real incident or person. The story could have happened to the subject, they could have witnessed it, or they may have some historical knowledge of the incident.
Use location, image composition and sound to create a compelling piece that tells story, creates setting, and builds character, all while using minimal means and editing to do the job.

Criteria

  • Create a short video that is at least 1 frame long (no maximum)
  • Capture on any device capable of recording video/audio
  • Upload your video to Vimeo (or YouTube) by Thursday June 8th at 5pm, and send the link to angus@edvideo.org.
  • If sharing to Vimeo, make sure you go into the settings and select “Add it to Collections”

 


Play Proposition IV Week 04
An Unusual Perspective

Create a short piece taken from extreme angles or unusual perspectives.
For example, your video might be filmed with the camera held upside down, or told by filming subjects through reflective surfaces. Tell a story, or just show your audience a new way of looking at things.
The perspective of your image and the reason for that image is entirely up to your imagination, although the challenge here is to do this in a way that makes sense either thematically or artistically.

Criteria

  • Create a short video that is at least 1 frame long (no maximum)
  • Capture on any device capable of recording video/audio
  • Upload your video to Vimeo (or YouTube) by Thursday June 15th at 5pm, and send the link to angus@edvideo.org.
  • If sharing to Vimeo, make sure you go into the settings and select “Add it to Collections”

Play Proposition IV Week 05
Theatre of the Mind

In this final week of the Play Proposition, you are challenged to think only about audio. Create a soundscape, documentary or fictional narrative that uses only audio to tell the story. Your job is to use sound to create setting, communicate actions, and (if applicable) convey the story.
Use this as an opportunity to learn new ways to enhance the work you typically do through sound.
In the end, upload the sound to Vimeo as a video file (you can have a black screen, static image, or a title).

Criteria

  • Create a short that is at least 1 second long (no maximum)
  • Capture on any device capable of recording audio
  • Upload your video to Vimeo (or YouTube) by Thursday June 22nd at 5pm, and send the link to angus@edvideo.org. *Please note that you are welcome to submit a finished piece at any time, but this soft deadline makes it easier for fellow participants to see your contribution in context.
  • If sharing to Vimeo, make sure you go into the settings and select “Add it to Collections”