Are you playing cinematographer on Vine yet? Vine is a new mobile app from Twitter with a similar concept and look to Instagram but instead of sharing photos with applied filters, you can view, like and comment on 6 second looping videos.
The explore screen on Vine.
Vine’s appeal is you don’t need to shoot the same scene for the full 6 seconds. After clicking on the video camera icon at the top right, you touch your screen to film and lift up to stop. When you stop, you can focus your phone on another subject (or move your current subject) touch the screen and film some more. You can start and stop filming as many times as you’d like. There is a green bar at the top of the screen when you’re in film mode so you know how much filming time you have left.
This ability to control and cut from one scene to the next has a ton of creative potential. We can make an illustration dance, tour an art exhibit, pan back for a full shot and then move in to highlight a detail or give the illusion of movement to an animated object. My favorites Vines have been dancing Converse, stuffed animals playing spin the bottle, tours of Holly Becker’s studio (the blogger behind Decor8), a spoof of a dramatic interlude by actor Adam Goldberg and peeks at the Chinese New Year festivities on Oahu by writer Melissa Chang (@Melisssa808 on Twitter/Instagram/Vine).
The mini videos continue to loop until you move to the next one in your feed. While Instagram captures an everyday moment in time, Vine also brings us there with the familiarity of sound. The chatter at your favorite sushi bar, the roar of a dirt bike or the whir of a food processer all add to the experience.
For my first Vine, I filmed my morning ritual of making expresso. Coffee is my guilty pleasure. Stop by and say hello on Vine (MauiShopGirl). I know I’m not going to win an Oscar for my first attempt! I definitely need to play with this app more.
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2/14/13 – Love
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