Welcome to the inaugural Dash Kitten Video Challenge #DKVideo.

We love making movies, we have even been finalists in the 2017 BlogPaws® NosetoNose Awards, and we believe that you can have fun and make movies too! Let’s celebrate the human – animal bond.

The Aim of the Video Challenge?

The #DKVideo Challenge aims to encourage everyone who blogs, or who loves social media, to try making a video. You have a whole month for the challenge.

Whether it’s for yourself and your family, for posting on Twitter and Facebook, or for a sponsored post on a blog. Take those first steps, make a few mistakes, have a lot of fun and enter the challenge to build your skills and confidence.

If you think you can’t make a movie that gets attention, think again. Take a look at our duckling video, it was a BlogPaws® 2017 Nose to Nose Finalist.

It’s not perfect, but it captures a really special moment and it was made on the move, with an iPhone. The welfare of the duckling, and getting it to the rescue, was the first priority. The video was a bonus that was turned into a blog post that became part learning experience, and part ‘feel good’ rescue.

Our 2017 Nose to Nose Finalist Movie The Dash Kitten Movie Crew  

I Don’t Have a Video Camera for the Challenge…

Most of you will have something to make a video with. For the DK Video Challenge you just need a basic smartphone or portable movie camera. Maybe an Android/iPhone/Windows ‘phone, or an iPad, a Blackberry or maybe a GoPro.

Theen you can either download your video and edit it on a computer, or edit video ‘in the camera’. This isn’t Hollywood, the challenge is about getting out there, having fun and learning something new while making a movie.

  • If you need some movie help, you can get our free 30+ page ebook ‘Make Your Pet an Internet Movie Star‘ by joining our monthly mailing list. It is packed with encouragement, information and valuable tips on planning, shooting and editing.
  • Check our popular ‘Quick Tips for Video Success’ post.
  • We also have some smartphone editing app suggestions here.
  • The entry form for the challenge is here (no longer active Jan. 2018)
Dash Kitten Video Challenge
Find an angle! Have Fun with our Video Challenge

The Rules of the DK Video Challenge Easy as 1, 2, 3…..

The challenge is open to pet bloggers, and pet owners who are active on social media. We do not know how many will participate but our initial cap will be around 30 entries. This will allow us to post the videos in sets of five on the blog as they come in. [If we get more, we will be delighted, and reconsider how many we need to post at a time!]

  1. 100 WORDS to introduce your finished video. Your aim, or the skill you want to improve. No apologies for lack of perceived skills are permitted 🙂 This is a friendly challenge.
  2. TWO MINUTES maximum length on the theme PET(s) FOR ALL SEASON(s) i.e. Your pet wherever you are in the world – summer or winter, inside or out.
  3. STEP THREE Fill in the entry form [The entry form goes up tomorrow] and submit your finished video. Submission deadline is 31st August 2017.

The Theme is General So You Can Focus on Learning

The aim is to encourage the less confident to try video, and others to improve a skill. Your video should be about your own pets, or a rescue cat, dog or other pet.  If you are confident making a video tell us how things went wrong, or how you put something right! Here’s some tips:

  • Use your video challenge to show you are learning a new skill like editing,
  • if you are are learning to add transitions.
  • maybe it’s your first try at storytelling
  • or recording a trip, or a hike to a fun place
  • recording a fun memory like your cat’s adventures in a tree!
Dash Kitten Video Challenge
Our $25 Gift Card Will Let You Nominate an Animal Charity of Your Choice

There is a Prize for the Video Challenge

It’s a fun one, a grateful Thank You for stepping up your own creative endeavours:

  1. A $25 Amazon Gift Card for a 501 3(c) Rescue of Your Choice
  2. An Inspirational Blogger’s Stationery Set

Now go and get plotting and planning. Download our 30+ page ebook which is free when you join our mailing list.

As our much loved movie friend Owen used to say ‘See you at the movies’!

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The Dash Kitten Video Challenge Crew
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  1. Valentine

    August 30, 2017 at 10:48 am

    I just entered my video in the contest! This was a fun challenge, Miss Marjorie & Dash Kitten! It will be exciting to view the winning entry. Purrs! Mew Mew!


  2. Rebecca at MattieDog

    August 7, 2017 at 6:20 am

    This sounds like a really great challenge! We have vowed to start doing more videos – and we finally have all the right things to do it. We will keep an eye on the challenge and watch to learn – we need some tips and tricks and so it’s always helpful to watch others – specially doing sweet cat videos!


  3. Chirpy Cats

    August 6, 2017 at 4:46 am

    Sounds like a fun challenge. We love doing video but just don’t do enough of it and would love to take it a little further. Don’t have a camera but iphone to the rescue! Will definitely be joining in and look forward to seeing some cat videos from all of you!


  4. Sweet Purrfections

    August 4, 2017 at 8:59 am

    Video is one of the areas we need to work on. We’re going to encourage (very strongly) Mom Paula to sign us up for this. We’ve subscribed to the newsletter, so can’t wait to learn new video stuff.


  5. Monika

    August 3, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    This sounds so cool 🙂 Looking forward to seeing all the cute kitten videos!


    • Dash Kitten

      August 3, 2017 at 9:24 pm

      We have some cool pups taking part too Monika!


  6. Tenacious Little Terrier

    August 3, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    I’ll have to try and do one of Mr. N. I wonder if I can get a GoPro on him. Hmm…


  7. Robin

    August 3, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    Oooh! This is so fun! I’ve got to get my camera out and give it a try. Manna and Dexter would be great movie stars! Now I’ve just got to get my booty in gear and make it happen. 🙂


  8. MrJackFreckles/Pipo/Angel-Minko/

    August 3, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    I do not have a smart phone, and all I have are some old videos of the three of *them* is separate clips. No clue as to how to edit them, nor do I have time to learn that skill…besides they were done with a camera I no longer use…but I might try and post one or more of them…so that peeps can see my furs in the ‘living’! Even of Angel Minko…those are precious to me now…


  9. Dorothy "FiveSibesMom"

    August 3, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    I love video! Your video challenge is such a cool and great idea! Good luck to all – how fun! Can’t wait to see the videos!


  10. Shelby

    August 3, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    SUCH a fun idea!! And it benefits rescues, which made my heart melt. 😀 So fun.


  11. mary from yourdesignerdog

    August 3, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    What a great idea for a challenge! We’re a little shy about video at my house. I always feel like there’s some kind of embarrassing background noises. But if I edit the video to music, I won’t have to worry about someone’s TV or background conversations. Hmmm….. I’ve just gotten an idea. ….Off to start my video!


  12. Ashley Mauro

    August 3, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    I have gotten pretty good with Imovie I may have to give this a go! What a great idea!


  13. Cathy Keisha

    August 3, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    What fun! Unfortunately, our video skills are in the toilet. Our point and shoot takes videos but our video editor won’t let us add much text or do any fancy stuff. If you’ve seen the stuff on our YouTube channel, that’s about as good as it gets. Best of luck to everybuddy.


  14. Kitty Cat Chronicles

    August 3, 2017 at 9:49 am

    This sounds like so much fun! What a great idea too! We’ve been trying to do more and more video, especially since getting a GoPro this spring. We will certainly join in, and we look forward to seeing everyone’s entries! Thanks for hosting this!


  15. Beth

    August 3, 2017 at 9:45 am

    I haven’t ever tried my hand at video, so I’ve signed up for your e-book. I am looking forward to seeing all the videos!


  16. Lola The Rescued Cat

    August 3, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Well, Mommy better get the camera out because Lexy and I are ready to be filmed!


  17. Kamira Gayle

    August 3, 2017 at 7:01 am

    Nice challenge. I’ll have to sign up for those extra tips! This has me thinking I really need to try more video in my blogs.


  18. da tabbies o trout towne

    August 3, 2017 at 3:44 am

    silver….iz it oh kay ta sendz an old moovee…reezon we ask iz coz de fone iz R onlee videe oh source and itz a 4; we can no longer send mooveez out once we haz made em…we can make em, but thatz az far az they get; stuck in de fone til we hit dee leet

    ??insert heartz


    • Dash Kitten

      August 3, 2017 at 7:13 am

      Yes it is, if that is what you have. More than fine. The aim is to jump in and have fun.


  19. Sherri

    August 3, 2017 at 3:07 am

    This is an interesting idea and actually I just signed up for a ‘making a video 101’ workshop happening in a few weeks. We’ll see how I do in the workshop before I attempt a contest. What I’m really interested in is editing software and how it works.


    • Dash Kitten

      August 3, 2017 at 7:12 am

      You need to check our editing software review mentioned in the post Sherri, or join the Mailing List for our comprehensive starter eBook on making movies!


  20. Cathy Armato

    August 3, 2017 at 2:58 am

    This is great, I’m so excited! I just subscribed and want to join the challenge. Thanks so much for doing this!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them


  21. Kristen @ My 3 Little Kittens

    August 3, 2017 at 2:44 am

    Such a fun idea! I always WANT to do more videos of my cats, but never seem to make the time! That needs to change for sure!!!


  22. Heather Wallace

    August 3, 2017 at 1:31 am

    What a great idea! All the lead up had me really intrigued. Perhaps I can get some video of the horses while my kids are at camp!


  23. Debbie

    August 2, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    This is such an awesome way to encourage people to embrace video. I stink at videos and just honestly have no patience for them. This month is busy for me, but maybe I can find some time to try to make one and enter anyway. Hmm..


  24. The Island Cats

    August 2, 2017 at 8:56 am

    Sounds like a fun challenge!


  25. Kitties Blue

    August 2, 2017 at 8:47 am

    This was an excellent post. Mom only has ever shot a few videos worth sharing. She uses her iPhone. She has one that she’d like to try to edit and will hope to enter. Thanks for challenge. She needs it. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo and Cooper Murphy


  26. Erin the Cat, Princess

    August 2, 2017 at 8:38 am

    Wow, this is quite a competition, and a lovely prize too! Now I wonder what I can record that won’t get the peep into trouble???
    Joking aside this is a fab way for folks to get out there and have some fun and learn a new skill. Your Duck video got you to BlogPaws final so who knows where this may lead some aspiring video virgin?


  27. Deziz World

    August 2, 2017 at 5:20 am

    MeOW Dat sounds very innerestin’. Not sure ifin we’ll be able to enter, but we’ll see. Good luck to all. Big hugs

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Raena


  28. Lone Star Cats

    August 2, 2017 at 5:09 am

    We’re gettin to thinkin of a good video!


  29. Brian

    August 2, 2017 at 4:39 am

    This should be so much fun and we can’t wait to see th entries. We will put or thinking caps on and try to get one rady!


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