Let’s Get Viral: How to Make a Vine Sensation

Vine has made it easier to upload videos to their network. This opens up more options to put something out there on your Vine account with video special effects. Now it’s your turn to get out there. 

King Bach. Nash Grier. Zach King. Curtis Lepore. Jerry Purpdrank. Okan Yargici. All of these people are rising to fame because of six second videos they put together with their smartphone. They are Vine superstars! The short videos on Vine are looped over 1.5 billion times every day — it’s a powerful tool to get your work seen. It is also a very competitive community. With over 40 million users, if you want people to notice your video, it has to stand out.


Vine has some pretty extreme limitations for a video sharing application: You have to get your message across in 6 seconds or less; the video has to work well as a loop; and it isn’t easy to edit the footage outside of the few edits you can make within the app. These limitations have led people to create videos with a lot of special effects that aren’t that far from what the pioneering filmmakers were creating in the late 1800s. Eadweard Muybridge was the first to take still photos and put them into motion. With his series of photos of animals in motion, he proved that animals, like the horse, lift all four legs off the ground at one time, while they are running. This was a magical discovery for people, and proved to the world that things were not exactly as they seemed.


Muybridge race horse animated


Georges Méliès took early film a step further by making things disappear and playing with the audience’s perception of reality.


Le Voyage dans la lune


Recently, Vine has made it easier to upload videos to their network that weren’t only shot within their app. This opens up more options to put something more flashy out there on your Vine account with video special effect software like After Effects.
Now it’s your turn to get your own viral Vine loop out there. If you’ve ever wanted to make a Dragonball Z video, a surreal comedy, or something that makes people ask “How’d you do that?” Then try your hand at the lesson below.


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Lesson Plan

Learning Objective: This lesson teaches students how to organize their creative thoughts in order to actualize dynamic videos for Vine and other online video services. This lesson will also allow students to share their interests and creative talents to a broad audience.

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Lesson tags: Creative Writing, Eighth, Featured, Film, Ninth, PBL, Pop Culture, Science, Social Media, Tenth, TV

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