Participatory Project Asks for Half-Minute Videos of Seriousness

The world is a serious place, and it seems that even comedians like Saturday Night Live’s Fred Armisen think that this is a side worth seeing. So, by way of a fun video project, he’s asking viewers to do one simple thing: Be Serious for 30 Seconds… and record it.

What’s interesting about the project is that every video must abide by seven rules:

Rule 1: It has to be serious.
Rule 2: It has to be 30 seconds or less
Rule 3: No more than 2 people in it
Rule 4: At least 1 5 second dramatic pause
Rule 5: At least 1 cutaway to an object
Rule 6: Do your best acting
Rule 7: It needs to have a door slamming

Other than that, let your imagination run wild. Here’s a few of our favorite submissions that show how creative people can be while staying within the confines of the rules:

If you want to see more, head over to the Be Serious for 30 Seconds YouTube channel or, better yet, upload your own; just make sure you include the words “Be Serious for 30 Seconds” somewhere in the title so they can find you.

Be Serious for 30 Seconds (via Laughing Squid)