Sometimes simplicity lends itself to the most direct forms of artistic expression. Today, with DSLRs capable of recording HD video, and a massive aftermarket of accessories that create "Frankencams", it's easy to get bogged down in all the gear, editing software, and technical jargon. It's no wonder the new six second alternative of "Vine" videos has created such a stir. The footage is captured with your phone, and can be shared immediately on their website, as well as Facebook and Twitter.
As Twitter forced users to shorten topics to 140 characters, Vine has a microscopic 6 second time limit for all videos. This presents an intriguing challenge, and offers a unique opportunity to strip away fluff, and make your point fast. Intrigued, I downloaded the free app for my iPhone and gave it a try.
Overall, it was a lot of fun to try and create something that worked within a six second period. Does this time boundary present limitations or provide a compelling opportunity? Give it a try, and see what you can come up with.
Here's one I made on a walk in midtown Manhattan.