MAKING FILMS

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I really love making films!

I put together this compilation of some recent films for my new website (when it’s finished!) and for my film workshop presentation at Blogtacular.

It gives a flavour of all the things I love to shoot, including my weekends stories, a few adventures, alongside some recent work projects… It makes me smile.

If you’d like a go at making your own films, let me show you how in my two online courses -

Creating Time Capsules or MAKE FILMS. They both begin in July… perhaps you’d like to join in?…

 

 

 

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June 18th, 2016 at 6:00 pm

LATEST ONLINE FILM MAKING COURSES

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Let me share with you my latest offerings for learning to create your own films…

Creating Time Capsules starts Fri 1st July - this six week online course, shares all you need to know to start making family films full of memories. You’ll love watching the little details of your life, as those memories will be safely locked away into beautiful films to be viewed in years to come. We look at making films with photos & video and combining them to tell your stories!

The course materials will guide you through shooting tips, tons of project ideas for inspiration and bite sized tutorials showing you the editing process in iMovie.

Head over here to join the fun.

Or take a look at MAKE FILMS which begins on Tues 12th July.

With weekly prompts and inspiration, this 10 week course will look at different shooting & editing techniques, and the various stories you can tell through making films for Instagram or to share online. MAKE FILMS is packed with tips and tricks of how to make all my favourite films!

Check out the Instagram films that have been made on previous courses – over 1K films! or these testimonials.

This course isn’t just about family or personal films. You can use the films to promote your business or brand e.g. make stop motions of your stationery products or time lapses of your surroundings or mini films of your events. There is so much scope for telling stories through film.

Hope you’ll join me on one of these experiences!

 

Films shot Canon 5D3, Canon G7x & iPhone 6s

 

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June 14th, 2016 at 4:00 pm

LAST WEEKEND

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Last weekend was a mixture of emotions…

From glorious sunshine and playtime in one of my favourite places. I love the time we spend there.

To the goodbye of my sister’s tea room Bake-a-boo - after 10 years of serving delicious cakes.

I’m so proud of Boo. This is my tribute to her.

If these films have inspired you to have a go at making your own films… have a look at my online courses – The next sessions for Creating Time Capsules & MAKE FILMS are in July and registration is open.

 

 

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June 4th, 2016 at 10:58 pm

FIVE FAVOURITE FRAMES

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A quiet morning at Forest a few hours before Sisterhood Camp began…

Got found my way back here soon.

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June 3rd, 2016 at 5:44 pm

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MAY – THE SIXTY SECOND PHOTOGRAPH

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The collaboration The Sixty Second Photograph is dear to my heart. It’s a commitment to make a film each month alongside some really lovely & talented artists.

It should be fairly easy for me, as I’m making films all the time, but actually it’s been tricky to separate what I want to make as part of this project from the other creative projects and films I’m working on. I’ve been over thinking it… and trying to do something different each month. It’s not possible every time and I’ve got to be ok with that.

So this month is using footage collected throughout May… snippets from my Week In The Life and from a monthly Time Capsule film I’m creating. The theme is the light and that hopefully threads it together and it reminds me that looking for the light always makes me smile…

Do take time to check out the other films in this collective… it’s bubbling with inspiration.

The film is shot on Canon EOS 5D3.

 

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May 25th, 2016 at 8:47 am

FIVE FAVOURITE FRAMES

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May 19th, 2016 at 9:46 am

MAKE FILMS STARTS TODAY!

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MAKE FILMS - The online course starts TODAY… I’m so excited to offer it again.

Check out all the films made as part of previous courses - #makefilmscourse… These films blow my mind! over 1000 films brimming & bursting with creativity. Also, take a look at this blogpost sharing some of the amazing testimonials the course has received.

Let me tell you more about the course -

TEN WEEKS OF MAKING FILMS

With weekly prompts and inspiration, this 10 week course will look at different shooting & editing techniques, and the various stories you can tell through making mini films for Instagram or to share online. MAKE FILMS is packed with tips and tricks of how to make all my favourite films! We’ll focus on making a different type of film each week – see some of the examples below…

This course isn’t just about family or personal films. You can use the films to promote your business or brand e.g. make stop motions of your stationery products or time lapses of your surroundings or mini films of your events. There is so much scope for telling stories through film.

All the details are HERE. The course starts TODAY. Hope you’ll join us!

Here are some one of the films you can make -

SCENES FROM THE WEEKEND

STOP MOTION

VIDEO PORTRAITS

DAY IN THE LIFE

SLOW MO DETAILS

TIMELAPSES

DEMONSTRATION FILM

 

ONE MORE STOP MOTION (Coz I love this one!)

 

 

 

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May 17th, 2016 at 6:18 pm

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MINI TIME CAPSULES – DAY IN THE LIFE FILMS – MAY 2016

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The best films to look back on, are those sprinkled with little details, that when viewed altogether, create the bigger story of your life.

That’s why I LOVE the Day In The Life film.

In the MAKE FILMS course this week, the project is to create a Day In The Life film…

Last year, instead of one day of filming and creating a long DITL film, I started making daily mini Time Capsules to share on Instagram. A film every day for a week, full of everyday details and the little things that happened that were worth taking notice of and a few of the moments in between.

Have a look at previous weeks here - March 2016 & Sept 2015 & May 2015

I’m joining in with everyone on the current MAKE FILMS course… and loving it… especially when I can compare some of the details to this time last year.

Another round of MAKE FILMS starts next week (May 17th) and I know not everyone has the means to take part, so I’m hosting a giveaway for TWO places – one place by leaving a comment here on the blog & one place by leaving a comment on my Instagram feed - on the mini version of this film.

Let me know what little details you would like to capture in your Time Capsule film in the comments. I’ll announce the random winners on Monday here.

*Edited to add the winners - Rhadonda Sedgwick & @eliza_charlie_tilly

All the best!

 

All films shot on mostly Canon 5d3, with additional footage from iPhone 6s and Canon G7x

 

 

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May 13th, 2016 at 8:46 am

FALLING IN LOVE WITH THE SAMSUNG GALAXY S7

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I love a new gadget to play with, so when the lovely people at Three.co.uk offered me a chance to play around with the new Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, I said yes, straight away! I’d heard tons of great things about the camera and was looking forward to checking it out for myself…. and maybe seeing world in a new way.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is a beautiful bit of kit. My teenage sons swooned over it as I pulled it out of the box. I had to prise it out of their hands, as we all fell in love with epic screen wrapping around the edge. So very cool.

I loved that the screen was as large as my iPhone 6s+ but the device was smaller and felt more comfortable in my hand – amazing design! Everything looks crisp, colourful and extra special through it.

I’d read that the phone was waterproof… but didn’t feel brave enough to test this out on a borrowed device. But I can imagine that would be handy if you’re shooting in the rain… which seems to be most of the time here in the UK!

I took the phone out on my recent instameet #wwim13colourlovers to see how the colours would look in the photos… and I was impressed.

Bold and bright… vibrancy shone through the screen as I shot these gorgeous balloons. Plus, knowing it has the ability shoot in RAW so the photos can be fully edited, if needed afterwards.

The camera is one of the best I’ve tried on a smart phone. I was sad giving back, but not as upset as my fourteen year old, who was straight away trying to figure out how he can trade his iPhone for one immediately.

Note about the collaboration – Three.co.uk very kindly lent me the phone, to try it out and share a review here – All opinions are my own.

 

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May 5th, 2016 at 4:29 pm

MARRAKECH MEMORIES

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This trip was a spur of the moment thing to celebrate our birthdays. We were all needing a change of scenery after weeks of solid work.

Somewhere warmish and colourful were the top of my list.

There are more photos and stories to share, but I thought I’d start with the film.

I imagined I would make a film of quick blasts of colours and action, but actually I found Marrakech quite overwhelming and full on, so I spent most of the time seeking out the quiet and calm.

These are the moments I want to remember.

If you’re interesting in creating your own Time Capsule films of your life – holiday memories or everyday moments… Then take a look at my online course Creating Time Capsules, which starts later this week… On this course, I share everything you need to know to create these magic films for your family. Come and join the fun.

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May 3rd, 2016 at 6:24 pm