Vlogme05 Manifesto!

 Ten years ago, there was Dogme 95. Now, there is Vlogme 05
(®, adapted and adopted:
clark ov saturn, 05)

From this day forward, Vloggers have the OPTION to participate in a

Vlogme 05 Vow of Chastity:

 1. Filming must be done on location. Props and sets must not be brought in (if a particular prop is necessary for the story, a location must be chosen where this prop is to be found). This could be your home, a vehicle, outside, etc. The basic gist is you are not creating a set, just filming somewhere that already is.

2. The sound must never be produced apart from the images or vice versa. (Music must not be used unless it occurs where the scene is being filmed). This could be a radio in the car, stereo at home, etc, but the sound should be the ambient sound from the filming environment. No post-production music.

3. The camera (or phone-camera) must be hand-held. Any movement or immobility attainable in the hand is permitted. (The film must not take place where the camera is standing; filming must take place where the film takes place. i.e. the camera moves to the people, not the people to the camera)

4. The film must be in colour. Special lighting is not acceptable. (If there is too little light for exposure the scene must be cut or a single lamp be attached to the camera). Natural light.

5. Optical work and filters are forbidden, both in filming and in post-production.

6. The film must not contain superficial action. (Murders, weapons, etc. must not occur.)

7. Temporal and geographical alienation are forbidden. (That is to say that the film takes place here and now.)

8. Genre vlogs are not acceptable to be considered Vlogme05 certified.

9. No text/character-generated titles are allowed, unless they contain a blinking cursor. Titles created by hand and shot with the camera are permissible.

10. The director must not be credited in the vlog clip. (but may be in the vlog post). Well of course it's ok to put your website in there. Again, it should either be made by hand or have a blinking cursor.

11. Only cut edits allowed, and minimal editing. Whenever possible the Vlog clip should run start to finish in one shot, however cutting out unnecessary footage is desirable. It is also permissible to pause the recording in camera at any interval so that when played back the tape is already semi-edited. In such a way it is still possible to get rapid cuts, different angles, and time lapses.

12. Fade ins and outs are not allowed. It should feel like you've just put in a tape that you just shot, hit play and showed us a moving snapshot of time, then hit stop.

13. Special digital effects, filters, wipes, mixes not allowed. Slow-motion and superspeed are permitted, however the audio should sound accordingly slow or fast.

14. The primary object of the Vlogme 05 vlog must be someone other than the camera operator. It is equally desirable for the person being filmed to know or to not know they are being filmed. In fact, it may be 51/50 in favor of them not knowing until after they have been filmed. But we're not talking dirty closet sex tapes here. We're trying to capture natural life occurring, not people performing for the camera.


It is important to note that http://ZipZapZop.com is not a Vlogme 05 project.
However, there is frequently a blinking cursor.

If you would like to contribute works to http://vlogme05.blogspot.com, please contact clarkovsaturn@zipzapzop.com to become a contributing member.