Some of the superb films made for the last “Weekend Challenge”

I really wanted to put some of the superb films made in my second “Weekend Challend: A Character Study”. 28 films in all were made by you for this.

I wanted to get you to introduce sync into your films to show how important good sound. Obviously some were better than others…the ones were the subjects wore mics or had a boom on them obviously sounded way better and made the films more professional. But every single one had something good in them. Some people even made their first film here…an incredible achievement…

As long as there is interest I will continue to do these ad hoc weekend challenged. I won’t say when next one will be, they will be short notice as that will spur your creativity rather than spend too long pondering what to do!

Here are a few of the 28 films, I encourage you to watch them all if you get a chance! Click here to go to Vimeo page where they all are.

Joe TheVisualist from Jeff Arnold on Vimeo.

Shot on Sept 6 2010 @9:00 CT as a peice for Philip Bloom’s Weekend Challenge “A Character Study”.
Shot on the Southside building rooftop in Dallas, Tx. Light provided by the giant southside sign. The wind and the ac units on top of the building were a little hurdle but it turned out ok.

Camera: Canon 5d
Lenses: Zeiss 21, 35, 50
Audio: Sound devices 702T and a Sanken shotgun
Red rock shoulder rig and Kessler pocket dolly

Shot by Jeff Arnold of JAFilm
Music by Artic Monkeys

Walk Like A Warrior from Anders Meisner on Vimeo.

A character study for Philip Bloom.

This is my dear friend Fredrik who after his lungs collapsed two years ago decided that he wouldn’t be a scrawny guy, prone to sickness any longer. And in two years he gained 26 kilos and a lot of self esteem.
Filmed during the 2nd – 4th of September. Shot on a Canon 5d Mark II with a 24-70mm 2.8 Canon lens as well as a 50mm 1.4, sound by Zoom H4N, support by Zacuto Z-Finder Pro.

Meet Capt. Thornpike from Artwerk Media on Vimeo.

Little interview put together for Philip Bloom’s Weekend Challenge 2 – “A Character Study”.

Filmed and Edited by Jean Brosseau
Music by Nine Inch Nails – Ghosts II

Filmed with my new 7d. Decided to leave my trusty 5d at home and give this one a try. Wish I had ND filters but I still haven’t decided which ones to get yet.

Also, this is my second project edited in Premiere Pro CS5. No transcoding. Edited in native H.264. Love it!

Equipment Used:

50 1.4
70-200L 2.8 IS
Zacuto rapid fire
Zacuto z-finder (with fog upgrade)
Zoom H4n (which I sold right after the shoot!)
Sennheiser Wireless Lav.
Dental floss in case the z-finder wanted to go for a swim (lanyard provided by Zacuto broke after 5 mins of use…)

Murder, She Watched – Meghan Marvin Character Study from Samuel Hall on Vimeo.

Meghan loves ‘Murder, She Wrote’ and is proud of it.

Created for Philip Bloom’s Weekend Challenge 2.

Shot with a Canon 7D, Sigma 30mm f1.4, Canon 50mm f1.8 & Canon 85mm f1.8.

Sound recorded with Zoom H4N.

Music is Koolen by Eric Serra from The Fifth Element.

MIA – Character Study – Philip Blooms Challenge 2 from Sim Warren on Vimeo.

An insight into the thoughts of Mia Xerri from Brighton’s favourite place to be.

The idea behind the green wall for the interview was to show a contrast between her exterior blue beachy escapism side – to the interior daily routine working side.

Camera – Canon 7D
Audio – Zoom H4N and Senheisser ME-66.
Lenses – OM mount – Olympus 50mm F1.8 & Vivitar 28-210mm F4.

Music – Yann Tierson – Comptine d’un autre été: L’après-mid (amellie soundtrack)

Would love to hear your feedback.

Sim Warren

Confessions of a Barber from wandervoyeur on Vimeo.

One thing in life is a fact, our hair projects our personality. And personality is one quality Perry Knuth has plenty of. I met Perry only two short weeks ago when I walked in to his shop on State Street in Salt Lake City, Utah. I watched anxiously as patrons leaned back into the vintage barber chairs and talked about sports, muscle cars, motorcycles and all manner of manly exploits. Memorabilia spanning the 1940′s through the 1960′s plastered the sixteen foot high walls. I knew I was on hallowed ground, I had discovered a man cave to rival all man caves.

An elderly customer in Jerry’s chair—Perry’s older brother—wore a white beard down to his belly and the most wicked pompadour I’ve witnessed in years. I instantly imagined him in a Robert Rodriguez film slashing down fools with a machete spraying blood everywhere whilst riding a gnarly hog spewing flames from it’s tail-pipes. This badass of a man told me his daughter was a pinup girl—not surprisingly—after I had mentioned that I like to take photos. He also wanted me to take her photo… we’ll see what happens there. Needless to say I could tell that this barber shop was my kind of place.

Perry and Jerry specialize in mens haircuts. A haircut at Perry’s consists of three overall steps. First on the list is the haircut itself, of which I must say really is “good.” Up next is a hot shave with a freshly stropped straight razor to get that perfectly smooth neck. And to top it all off a relaxing shoulder rub to send you on your way. What salon does that praytell?

While some women—and men—may not agree with Perry’s opinion I for one will be returning to his shop for many more haircuts.

If you happen to be in the Salt Lake area and you need a quick shave & cut for a very affordable price walk into Perry’s.

The audio is quite frankly, horrific. Please forgive us our trespasses as this is our first short. We’re learning the ropes here.

Cameras – Canon 7D & Canon T2i
Audio – Rode Stereo Mic & Rode Videomic
Lenses – Canon 50mm 1.4, 70-200mm 2.8, Tokina 11-16mm
Music – Ball and Biscut – The White Stripes



Uncle Gene: For Peace from Ryan Neil Postas on Vimeo.

A Prayer by Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Performed by my Uncle Gene

For Peace

This was improvised last week while I was back east visiting my family.

Panasonic Lumix GH1 with Canon EF Adapter.
Canon 14mm f2.8
Canon 16-35mm f2.8
Canon 50mm f1.2 **favorite**

Tascam DR-100 Professional Portable Digital Audio Recorder
Sennheiser ME66 Super-Cardioid Shotgun Condenser Microphone




Guitar Man from Simon Clark & Alison Farmer on Vimeo.

This is the first (I hope) in a series I call Hands On. Its a personal series of short web video portraits on people who work with skilled hands. Something to keep me interested and to learn how to work fluently with DSLR.

I have been wanting to do a personal video series of ‘Portraits’ or character studies for a while. I had even made a couple of contacts. So when I saw this challenge on your blog I desided there was no better time to try one.

I spent a couple of hours with the subject as he worked.

It is shot Canon 5d Mark II. Sound is recorded on a Zoom H4n. I used a Sennheiser wireless mic on the subject and a Rode Videomic on the camera.

Most of it was hand held, however there are a couple of shots on a home made slider (dreaming of a Kessler).

It is edited in Premiere Pro CS5 and manually syncing the audio files.

I am a professional photographer in real life but I have fallen for the moving image.

I hope you enjoy, Simon.

Meet Tatjana from Chris Winter on Vimeo.

Hi guys!

My name’s Chris Winter and I’m 20 years old and from Australia and this is my first video made on the T2i.

I recently (yesterday in fact) returned home from a vacation in Spain with my former girlfriend Tatjana.

Tatjana is simply stunning. Not only is she a model and a university student, but she can also speak English, Russian, German, Spanish, Ukranian and French fluently.

While I was in Tossa de Mar on the Costa Brava, Philip Bloom posted his weekend challenge, so I thought I’d give it a go.

Originally I was just going to take some photos of Tatjana (see below right) for her modeling portfolio, but then decided to do some video as well. It turned out great.


As I had a 14 hour plane ride home, I decided it would be a perfect time to edit the clips together. In the end, it only took about 4 hours to cut together.

As I’m on a budget, I actually edited this in screenflow. Yeah I know, it’s a screencasting software, but it’s actually bloody good for the price! It renders the hd clips instantly and is a real pleasure to work with.

Colors are only graded slightly (kind of limited with screenflow). Saturation and contrast were boosted to bring out the colour of the ocean and surroundings.


Shot completely handheld. No rig, no tripod, no viewfinder, no follow focus. Just the canon t2i/550d and a 50mm 1.8 lens.

As much as I would have loved to have tested out my new Zoom H1 (it arrived yesterday in Aus), I unfortunately didn’t have it in Spain with me so the audio is from the internal mic. It did pick up the sound of Tatjana, but unfortunately also the sound of the ocean in the background … oh well, c’est la vie … first try!

In a way it was good she was speaking different languages so sound wasn’t so important.


The video isn’t deep, nor is it moving. It’s fun and shows the personality of Tatjana and this is how I wanted it. I think it’s my style. Sort of like an ad for Roxy or H&M. One day I’d love to shoot a spot for them.

That’s it. I’d just like to say a BIG THANKYOU to Philip Bloom for getting me inspired to shoot on the HDSLR. This guy doesn’t get enough credit for what he does for everyone for free. Thanks mate!

I’d love some comments … all feedback is welcome 🙂

Music Credit:
Around the bend
The Asteroids Galaxy Tour

Jack from ilia djondric on Vimeo.

a quick interview of my nephew Jack after his soccer game had finished.

shot with the Canon 7d.

for the Philip Bloom weekend challenge #2
“A Character Study”

Sticks and Stones from neen0brown on Vimeo.

Short created for the Weekend Challenge 2

Meet Joe from Darryl Gregory on Vimeo.

This is my submission for Philip Blooms weekend challenge #2 “A Character Study”

Re-uploaded after accidental deletion.

Tip of the day!
Never let your ex get on your computer when she is mad at you.

I had over 1100 views, and 13 likes and a few comments.
I would love for all those who liked my video before it was deleted
To “like it again” I don’t want to be that video with Zero likes 🙁

I would appreciate it,
Thank you


  1. mmmm only 28, i was expection something more like 100+
    nice to know that not that much people make something.
    Ill join the next time.


    awesome stuff btw

  2. wow terrific stuff here! i personally loved watching these a lot more than the other challenge – dont get me wrong, there were some great shots of the ‘object’ one! but i think the stories and people are what got me, haha now that i think about it its a good reminder to us all that ‘content is king’ (PB’s words)

    personal favourites:

    MIA [by the sea] – loved all the plain and colourful backgrounds used, this one really spoke to me! im going to try more of this

    Confessions of a barber – great music for this piece, i like how we heard the day to day of a down to earth barber, couple of filmmaker cameos in the mirrors there too ;P

    Guitar man – loved how u got in pretty close/wide angle there with him talking, felt like i was watching him in real life! favourite shot (out of all the vids) was at 0:50 in this film! worked beautifully panning down with the circular motion!

    notable mention for Gene for peace – the shallow focus + black and white didnt work so well for me on this one, not sure why, otherwise it was a neatly shot interview

    great stuff guys!

  3. Some really nice entries..

    Really loved Joe the Visualist…thanks Jeff for making that – kicked ass.

    and thanks Phil for the challenge!
    hopefully soon I will have some free time to throw something up whenever the next one comes along..

    love the fact people are making their first shorts / giving it a go for these challenges – that alone is worth keeping them going… !

  4. Wow… makes me feel challenged and threatened at the same time.
    Great entries, hoping I can post my own stuff one of these days… when I feel I’m up to, of course.
    ’till them, lots more learning and gearing up to (specially learning). 😛

  5. Hey Philip,
    Yes it’s me again…
    I need that magic touch, or that insane network ability you have to
    send a few kind Vimeo viewers over to another video I posted tonight.
    I promise this is the last time I send a cry for help 🙂
    But I must admit if not for your help poor Joe would be in deep water
    Like wise, if you get my drift 😛

    My newest incarnation and a personal challenge can be seen here

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