20 Steps Video Exercise

Note: this challenge has passed! However this is still a fun exercise so I’m leaving it up in case it’s useful.

Check out this vimeo video challenge. It all starts with twenty steps… Limitations are a great way of stimulating creativity and this is a great example of that.

Here are the instructions. Follow the link at the very end to enter:

To begin, take a short video of the area you start your video adventure. Then, take 20 steps in one direction and stop and take another short video. Repeat this process after taking another 20 steps. After you’ve captured 20 little videos, every 20 steps, you’ll edit them together to create a film.

Here, the in-between moments were kept in (albeit, sped up), but feel free to use other transitions between clips! I’m a fan of the simple jump cut, myself, but things could get really interesting with whip pans or body wipes.

There is no limit to how long you capture a video after each set of 20 steps, but the whole video shouldn’t go over 3 minutes. You could divide that equally, or give weight to some pauses and only a few seconds to others.

Once you’ve walked all 400 steps, edit the videos together chronologically and see what you come up with! You won’t be going far, so the Challenge is to show an area in several different ways. Maybe you’d like to focus on perspective, or the angle of your shot. Maybe it’s all about people, or varying shot type between macro and extra-wide.


+ Shoot 20 clips every 20 steps.
+ If you add music, make sure you use a song you or a buddy created, or something from theVimeo 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:Only videos made specifically for this Challenge will be considered.

Check out the sample below.

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