Great Saskatchewan short video challenges: Vacation Footage

Vacation Challenge small 02 colouredGreat Saskatchewan Short Video Challenges on vimeo bannerA series of quests for visionary adventurers.

First challenge:

Take some vacation footage and turn it into a short film.

Think of this not so much as a highly polished artistic endeavour, but as a fun way to encourage yourself to develop your skills and style, to use the hours of footage you’ve shot throughout your travels, and to create an active media creation environment with fellow filmmakers in Saskatchewan.

Notes / Ideas:

  • Set it to music (just make sure you have the proper rights and give credit). This may help you get a rhythm/mood for the piece.
  • It can be a slideshow of static images.
  • Don’t feel pressure to create something perfect. It can even be submitted anonymously (just make a new Vimeo account for your alter ego).

Head on over to the  Vimeo group to submit, leave comments or provide feedback for the submissions here on the Filmpool’s site, or check us out on Facebook or Reddit to discuss the event.
What kind of challenge would you like to see in the future?


  1. Be kind.
  2. Rise to the challenge. Complete a film.
  3. No time limits (it can even be 5 seconds long!). Recommended: 60 seconds.
  4. No prizes, but you do gain 50 Experience points to put towards: Editing, Distribution, or Social skills.
  5. No entry fee either.
  6. You do not have to be a Filmpool member, but why not become part of the co-op?

If you want, you are welcome to follow this naming convention to keep things organized and searchable:
Film Title – A SK Challenge: Vacation Footage Short Film
And put in your description:
Created for the SK Challenge:
SK Challenge theme: Vacation Footage

11 thoughts on “Great Saskatchewan short video challenges: Vacation Footage”

    1. Hello Erin,
      Thank you for your question. Good question, as it is something we didn’t really mention here in the post.
      The quick answer is that no, there is no deadline for submissions.

      Since it is an on-going series of quests, you may complete them in any order and in your own time. The group is simply here to encourage work/practice/play with a theme that changes every few weeks. On Vimeo, the submissions will be organized into appropriate albums, so there’s no real issue with posting videos for past challenges. That being said, there’s something to be gained from the immediacy and community dynamic that will be present if you are working on the same project as everyone else. I imagine there will be a post every few weeks to cap off a challenge, present a new one, and feature some of the recent submissions.

      Hope to see some of your work! Let me know if you have more questions.

  1. Thanks for the info. Out of curiosity, I will be editing my video to the music that I choose. Now, if I was to use a song that I don’t necessarily have the proper right for (like a well known rock song for example), will my submission be ignored?

    1. No problem!
      Thank for joining the group and I am happy to hear you are submitting something (hopefully more than one over time).

      Your submission would definitely not be ignored, but I do believe in order to upload to Vimeo, Vimeo itself asks you to follow these rules:

      • Upload only videos you created yourself.
      • You must own or hold all necessary rights (copyrights, etc.) to your video.
      • “So-and-so gave me permission” does not mean you created it.
      • You can upload videos that you appear in or helped create (as director, DP, editor, musician, motion graphics artist, actor, etc.) as long as you have the necessary permissions from the copyright holders.
      • Public domain videos are not allowed.
      • Please add your role in the video description to avoid deletion.

      It is good practice to honour artists by giving appropriate compensation for their work (whether that’s just credit or some sort of contract).

      So I don’t know if Vimeo would not let it stay up with a well known rock song. Maybe it would be okay. Check out their FAQ on the subject here:
      Vimeo’s copyright FAQ

      And note that it says there, “If you can establish fair use or another defense to copyright infringement, you don’t need the author’s permission.”
      Vimeo’s fair use FAQ

      Creative Commons logoNon-commercial iconAttribution iconIf you are looking for royalty-free music, as in something that you can use for credit, check out this fantastic resource I often use: Kevin MacLeod’s website. His work is provided free of use (or you can donate) through a Creative Commons Attribution license (3.0). Basically, give him credit like this:
      The quick way looks like this:
      Title Kevin MacLeod (
      If you’d like to include the full license for legal reasons, you can do the following:
      Title Kevin MacLeod (
      Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

      Anyone else have favoured resources for royalty-free music?
      Hopefully that is of help. I definitely encourage everyone to do their own research and come to a comfortable approach to the use of other artists’ work. Feel free to post back here if you find out anything. I don’t know everything, and things often change, so I’d be happen to learn more about it.
      Let me know if you have any further questions.

  2. As a resource for anyone else curious about uploading to Vimeo, here’s a section of a conversation that happened over in the Vimeo group regarding exporting from Adobe Premiere Pro 5.5. (Note that these settings are bound to change over time, either with updates to Vimeo or to Adobe Premiere Pro).


    Do you know the maximum bitrate here on Vimeo for a regular account? In their tutorials it says 5-10 kbps for 1280 X 720 HD but in other tutorials I’ve read the max is 5kbps. What works for you?


    I’d go with 10.
    I usually export with a “Limit data rate to:” 10,000 kbps, sometimes shown as 10K kbps, or 10 Mbps.
    That’s the setting from Adobe Premiere Pro 5.5, might be different on other systems. My export settings from Premiere are:

    • Format: Quicktime
    • Video Codec: H.264
    • Quality: 100
    • Width & Height: Whatever my source is, usually 1280 x 720 or 1920 x 1080
    • Frame Rate: again, whatever the source is, usually 23.976 for me, but lots of cameras shoot 29.97
    • Field Type: same as source, usually Progressive
    • Aspect: Square Pixels (1.0)
    • Render at Max Depth checked
    • Key frame ever 24 frames
    • Limit data rate to 10,000 kbps
    • Use Maximum Render Quality checked
    • Audio settings are:

    • Codec: Uncompressed
    • Sample rate: 48000 Hz
    • Stereo
    • 16 bit

    Note that once you have all your settings the way you want them, you can save the preset by clicking the little disc icon next to the Preset: at the top… This way you can name it something and quickly select it at a later date.


    So when you say limit data rate, do you mean maximum bitrate? I guess what I meant to ask earlier was what target bitrate I should use. Right now I just exported as Target – 10,000 kbps and Maximum – 14,000 kbps. Do you think I should go with Target as 5 and Max as 10 instead?


    It sounds like you might be exporting in H.264 format (and codec), which creates an mp4 file. I have found that Vimeo prefers an mov file. I could be wrong on that.
    What I do is select Quicktime as the Format:
    Right at the top of the Export Settings. If you select Quicktime there under Format: you then get the option to select Video Codec below. That is what I set to H.264.
    That provides file that ends in .mov, but is using the H.264 codec.
    Make sense?
    That window then has the “Limit data rate to” option.
    When exporting for YouTube though… currently YouTube like .mp4, so you would use the method that you are currently doing… and set the Target Bitrate [Mbps} to 8 and the Maximum Bitrate [Mbps] to 10.

    What settings / system do you use for exporting? Let us know below!

  3. HI Bernie:
    I am enjoying the challenge and know I made some mistakes in my format when I exported my video last week. I am wandering if I submitted it correctly to the group. I checked and saw that it came up on vimeo this morning. I do not know if I submitted correctly to be considered for the group and have another one almost finished that I would like to submit. I guess my question is, How do I submit to the group. I am a member..

    1. Hello there Sandra!
      Thanks for your question. It’s a good one, as it is tricky to figure it out until you have done it once.
      1] To join the group, go to the group’s section on Vimeo:
      2] Click the “Join this Group” button on the right
      3] Upload your video to Vimeo
      4] Go to the video page (where you could normally watch the video)
      5] Below the description there a button that says “+ Add to…” Click that and select The Great Saskatchewan short video challenge

      Let me know if you have any issues and I look forward to your submissions! I’ll leave on a comment on your videos when I see them added to the group.

      Thanks! Have fun!

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