Last Second Tips From Vine's Rus Yusupov
You’ve had almost a month to craft your six-second masterpieces and now the deadline is rapidly approaching. The #6SecFilms Competition, powered by Vine, officially ends this Sunday, April 7, at 11:59PM. Some of our favorite artists have embraced this new medium of six-second looping films, so by accepting this challenge to create your own work, you can join some elite company.
This revolutionary mobile app is ideal for established filmmakers or for anyone who is cinematically inclined. So what’s stopping you? Vine creators can make as many Vines at their hearts desire in any of the following categories: #GENRE, #AUTEUR, #ANIMATE, or #SERIES (click for details).
Our team of jurors will choose their favorites from a shortlist we share on the site. Along with winning the Vine-ly sum of $600, did we mention that Vines entered into our #6SecFilms competition might be viewed by our illustrious jury panel of actor Adam "The King of Vine" Goldberg, Director Penny Marshall and the fantastic team from 5 Seconds Films? Oh yeah, there’s that too.
In case you needed a little last minute incentive, try this on for size. We recently spoke to Rus Yusupov, Creative Director and Co-founder of Vine, who gladly shared some tricks of the trade that any budding Vine-auteur can utilize in the final push.
Tribeca: What tips do you have for a first-time Vine user?
Rus Yusupov: The first thing you should do is watch posts others have created. There's a lot of great work out there, and we're amazed at how much people have embraced the new medium in just the last couple months. We just launched trending hashtags, so that's a great place to start. Tap "Explore" in the app to browse what the community has created and see what is trending now.
Then go off and make your first post. Classic storytelling has a beginning, middle, and end, and as much as Vine is a new way to tell stories, those fundamentals still apply.
Start by shooting what you see around you. Even routine moments like commuting to work or having lunch can be interesting when well-framed and structured. Cast your friends and family, because they work for free. Usually.
Tribeca: What would you suggest contestants avoid trying to do with Vine?
RY: I suggest contestants avoid sticking to one genre. Once you’ve got a few posts under your belt, try shooting different kinds of posts. Some of the world's best directors have worked across multiple genres, even smashing them together. Mix up stop-motion, comedy, and single-take Vines.
Tribeca: What's something you would like to see done with Vine, perhaps as part of the competition, that hasn't yet been attempted?
RY: If there are any astronauts out there, I'd like to see one use Vine to capture planet Earth, rotating slowly.
If you’ve already submitted your Vines to the competition, then bully for you! If not, refresh your memory by reading our initial Call for Entries and visit our official rules page. There’s still time for you to create your Vines and start your journey to becoming a six-second auteur.