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Back in Feb 2015… I created a 15 second film of Scenes From The Weekend to share on Instagram. It was a way using footage I’d gathered for a longer film I was making… (before Instagram allowed up to 60 seconds of video) I was interested in seeing if it was possible to make a mini story in just a few seconds…
It was… and then the bug of creating these little stories took hold and I carried on making them for a whole year and then went on to complete another year, as I love these little pockets of moments… so much.
It’s been my favourite personal project and never feels like a chore. I don’t even have to shoot everything I’ve done that weekend. It’s about picking the details or moments that represent that time.
Some weekends are busy… full of adventures and some are pretty lazy. But there’s always something to shoot… even if I’ve shot a sequence before, like making pancakes, I push myself to capture it in a different way somehow.
Scenes From The Weekend films are a simple project to get you into making films, as you don’t have to do anything special, just capture what’s already happening around you.
If you’re feeling inspired to create one, here are some…
Just start…dive in and start filming something. You don’t have to make a commitment to shoot every weekend. But once you’ve made one, you may do another… and another.
Generally you need between 5 to 20 clips depending on the length of them (and how long you’d like your film to be)… so don’t feel you have to document every part of your weekend. Remember you just need a few seconds of footage for each scene.
Preparation is key – Charge your batteries & clear your memory cards. Or if you’re using a mobile device, make sure there’s storage available… Then have your camera with you, so you’re ready to shoot whatever moment arises.
You can use any camera or even a variety of cameras. I mostly shoot on my DSLR, but I also add in additional clips shot on my iPhone or compact camera. Use whatever camera is with you. Don’t get caught up on having to have the best camera.
Seek out the details or moments that represent this particular weekend. Look for your unique story. I always like to include signs of the season that make me remember what time of year it was – autumn leaves, blossoming trees and golden summer light.
Shoot a variety of framing and compositions… for example wide shots and close ups. It will make your film more visually interesting. You could also include a time lapse or something in slow mo… I like to think of my films as a collage of clips, all pasted together as a moving memory.
Make time to edit. I put my films together on a Sunday evening, so they’re ready to share on Monday morning as part of my hashtag #minimondaymovies – the more times you edit and complete a film, the quicker you get.
If you’re looking to add music… my new favourite place to use is Soundstripe Music – feel free to use the code “xantheb” for 10% off your subscription.
When putting your edit together, look for the best bits of footage that tell the story of your weekend. Cut out anything that doesn’t fit or clips that are too similar to others. Fill your film with your “best of the best” bits.
But also remember it doesn’t have to be perfect or Oscar worthy! It’s about creating something that will be a wonderful memory to look back on. You won’t notice a little wobbly clip here and there, or the odd selection that’s out of focus – it’s about gathering your memories and locking them up tightly in a film to be viewed in years to come.
If you’d like more guidance and inspiration to create your own films like these and many more!
Check out my online course MAKE FILMS which is packed with tips, inspiration, project ideas and step by step guides to making a whole collection of films.
The next course starts March 14th – all the details are HERE
I hope you’ll join us!
I’ve created more films this year than ever before.
Lots of work projects. 52 weekend films… short & sweet but packed with memories. 12 films as part of The Sixty Second Photograph. A summer film. Some Day In The Life films. A Marrakech memories film. Stop motions & slow mo tea time, a plenty.
This is my final film of 2016…
The left overs… the details… the places, the light and the smiles I want to remember. (No bike shots! as there are plenty in other films.)
The one second project is a well established one. I remember first seeing it and being blown away about how much could be conveyed in a second. I created a random happenings film in response, using two second clips. And then my love of short snippets was born. Now there’s an app that helps you collate your seconds. Jeanine’s film is amazing and Francesca Russell uses her DSLR for her films in such an inspiring way. In fact Francesca has written a wonderful post all about creating your own one second films, with some brilliant tips.
My film doesn’t have a second from every day, as some of my days really aren’t that interesting and I think it’s easier when you have younger children, as they’re around more. My days are spend at my computer, shooting content and making tea.
So here are my one second glimpses… the clips hiding on my iPhone or scenes that didn’t make it into other films, plus a few clips that I just love and give me all the feelings from this year.
As it’s all about the FEELINGS. That’s why I started making Time Capsule films years ago… this one second film is a collection of memory postcards. Literally transporting me back to that second.
This is last years film. Boom! I’m right back there. Haven’t the boys changed SO much?! Blows my mind. Thank goodness for these films.
Have a go at making your own one second film. Either with footage from 2016… it’s such a relief to put all those clips lying around into something worth watching back and not have them fade away on some hard drive. They are archived properly.
If you can’t bear to go back. How about move forward? 2017 could be your year to start. Shoot one sec a day, use the app or like me, just pick up your camera regularly and capture the details of your life. Your faces, smiles, places, light and moments. Anything! You just need a short clip here and there, it’s not too demanding. And the editing is easy, it’s like putting a scrap book together. Find the clip, drag it in. Add music. Keep adding clips till done. Hey presto!
One last thing. Put yourself in your films. Please. Arms length, “selfie” style is enough. But do it. Be part of the story. Pass the camera to a family member, or set up a tripod, find a reflection… even pull a funny face. Whatever it takes, do it. It’s uncomfortable but it’s necessary… how can it be a Time Capsule of your story or your life, if you’re not in there.
If these films have inspired you to tell your own family stories and you’d like to learn to make your own Time Capsule films - The next round of Creating Time Capsules starts Fri 13th Jan and MAKE FILMS starts on Tuesday 17th Jan.
You flashed by in a blink of my eye. It felt like my fastest year ever… I feel like I always say that, (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011,) but each year gathers momentum and I’m taken along for a speedy ride.
I heard something recently that made me feel a little better about how this quickly this year has disappeared. Liz Gilbert was chatting on Emma Gannon’s podcast (I’m a little late to discovering this, having just met Emma at a recent event.)
Liz says if life is going by quickly and you’re doing what you love, then that’s pretty good… it’s happiness. There I was thinking, the whizzing by meant I was missing something. But this positive look at another year flying by, has given me a lot of comfort.
This year has had it challenges and difficulties… it’s not all been easy. Raising teenage boys is a new experience. Moving house for the third time in four years was an emotional roller coaster. Living in a rental is pretty tough, as you never quite no how long you can stay and the astronomical rental costs are like throwing money away! Sadly I don’t think we’ll ever get back on the housing ladder.
But creatively and in terms of my business, 2016 has been pretty amazing. I’ve had so many wonderful opportunities to work with people and brands I truly love, doing the work I love. I’ve worked the hardest I’ve ever done, had things go well and made a few mistakes.
I’m so grateful to have a created a job & a business that truly reflects all of me.
I’ve put together my work & personal highlights here in this one post, but there’s more from this year with my photography and personal family films and summer scenes… as I couldn’t fit it all in here.
Then working on my online courses… with a second round of A Year of Creating Time Capsules and creation of my brand new course MAKE FILMS. This course and Creating Time Capsules ran multiple times throughout the year, guiding hundreds of people through the process of making your own films. Watching my students create magical films regularly is such a buzz… I feel so honoured to share the joy of film making with them.
Attended London Fashion week with Canon UK.
Lots of fun had on a photo walk in Shoreditch…
I was interviewed on the Blogtacular podcast with Kat.
Created this for Cath Kidston… love a table setting project!
It was a dream to work with Etsy UK on their first Etsy Awards campaign. Creating stop motions with products from their sellers.
Played pretty picnics for Cath Kidston…
And goodbye to my sister’s bake-a-boo… Still makes me well up when I watch her turn the CLOSED sign.
Wish I’d been packing for a real weekend away!
And captured so much pretty for Clare at Achillea Flowers.
I created colourful breakfasts for Alpen…. for their Start Colourful campaign… what a dream job!
Went to Margate for the day.
Created something pretty for Betty Magazine…
Attended Instagram’s first video workshop… the Facebook office was as cool as you would imagine.
Created photos and video content at the Cath Kidston Disney launch.
Got a sneak peek of Instagram’s stories feature before it was released and was asked to host a meet up at The Roundhouse for it’s launch and give people a chance to play and create their own stories. Then we had drinks on the rooftop beach.
Took some time off to go camping…. Then a few days away in Wales, first to the vibrant Aberaeron, with colourful houses EVERYWHERE. Then the windiest and rainy holiday ever. Good friends and good food made it bearable.
Created another series of photos and films for Sipsmith.
And a couple of films for Twinings tea. The most perfect brief for me… drinking tea and sharing the little details that set up my day…
Shot a fun stop motion for Etsy UK… showing my new desk in the new house…
Taught a mini stop motion workshop at Etsy Lunch & Learn.
And spent the day with Lauren Lavern for Boden. A real delight!
The next day I had the opportunity to hangout with Erica Davies and capture her in four winter coats for Boden.
To recover from August & September’s full-on-ness, I took a little time out to visit my dearest friend and fellow creative Kim. For the past five years we’ve run or taught at retreats together, but this year we felt the pull to be just us and allow some time to create together. It was bliss.
Then had a restful half term with the family.
So many events attended or working at, including press days for Boden & Cath Kidston. The most gorgeous dinner organised by Etsy, where every detail was thought of… we created our own goodie bags by picking items from Etsy sellers, the menu was based around our personal tastes and the pianist even played our favourite song.
An evening visiting an exhibition of talented creatives on Instagram…
Created some festive films for Sipsmith…
My favourite weekend… as we kicked off our family tradition of taking one of us out for the day… Cosmo picked a bike ride for me… we spent all day in East London riding along the canal.
I then took Ky for an adventure as we climbed the 02 at sunset one evening.
Then it was time for our real Christmas…
And goodbye to 2016… hello 2017…
Wow. It’s been an incredible year… Time for a cup of tea to reflect. So grateful and humbled by the fabulous projects I’ve worked on and people I’ve met. Huge thanks to all.
I hope 2017 brings as much joy & goodness…
I love LOOKING BACK posts… a chance to put all my memories, films and photos from that year, in one place on this blog of mine. The virtual album of my life.
And I couldn’t miss 2016. (Although I’ve just pulled at my heart strings watching old films and soaking up photos from the past… life has passed by in a blink.)
Let’s start with my personal “Time Capsule” films this year… I set the same goals as previous years for at least one a film a month. In the end I created way more than one a month… These are my favourites…
And VIDEO PORTRAITS… of us all.
WEEKEND MEMORIES – A YEAR LATER
FEBRUARY – THE SIXTY SECOND PHOTOGRAPH
A Week In The Life mini Time Capsules…
MARCH – THE SIXTY SECOND PHOTOGRAPH
APRIL – THE SIXTY SECOND PHOTOGRAPH
Another Week In The Life mini Time Capsules…
MAY MEMORY POSTCARDS
JUNE – THE SIXTY SECOND PHOTOGRAPH
MINI MONDAY MOVIE – SUNSHINE, STRIPES & CLEANING
MINI MONDAY MOVIE – GOODBYE HOUSE, HELLO NEW HOME
JULY – THE SIXTY SECOND PHOTOGRAPH
MAX & NICK’S 40TH PARTY WEEKEND
MINI MONDAY MOVIE – WET & WINDY WALES
MINI MONDAY MOVIE – FAMILY CAMP UP 2016
AUGUST – THE SIXTY SECOND PHOTOGRAPH
SCENES FROM THE SUMMER – 2016
SEPTEMBER – THE SIXTY SECOND PHOTOGRAPH
MINI MONDAY MOVIE – TRAVELLING ON TRAINS
MINI MONDAY MOVIE – IN KIM’S STUDIO AND HOME TOWN
OCTOBER – THE SIXTY SECOND PHOTOGRAPH
There were so many films as part of my 30 day challenge… a couple of my personal favs -
MINI MONDAY MOVIE – THE SUN WAS SHINING
MINI MONDAY MOVIE – SISTER TIME & DONUTS
NOVEMBER – THE SIXTY SECOND PHOTOGRAPH
MINI MONDAY MOVIE – FOOD, FAMILY AND FESTIVE FUN
DECEMBER – THE SIXTY SECOND PHOTOGRAPH
If you’d like to make 2017 the year, you start to create stories through making your own films – check out my online courses where I share everything you need to get started and be inspired through the whole process.
Did the summer actually happen?
It did and I never acknowledged it… said thanks… and pulled together my favourite moments. So this my way of gathering my favourite moments and putting them together in one spot, so I may return one day when I need to tap into all these feelings and memories again.
So this is Sunday morning… such familiar scenes… stuff I’ve captured over and over. But to mix it up, it’s in stop motion style and in black & white… just to give a different perspective.
I was tried and I needed to show up for this project and it’s good to have something.
As ever, please check out the other fabulous artists over at The Sixty Second Photograph.
See more of my films from this project HERE.
Here I am celebrating day 17!…
I missed the halfway point of #MAKEFILMS_dailyproject as my site went down… the whole thing disappeared! Some server or URL issue, never quite got to the bottom of it… thankfully my brilliant developer sorted it. We are working behind the scenes to finally update my website, which will be so amazing, as I’ve been waiting two years to do it… It’s not taken that long, I’ve just been so distracted with other exciting projects and creating for other people… I’ve kinda neglected my online home. It’s getting sorted now. I’m so grateful.
Anyway… back to the matter at hand. The half way point of #MAKEFILMS_dailyproject has been and gone. Is it too much to share all the films made so far?
Oh well… here they are. Let me say, if you’re not a fan of autumn leaves, you might wanna head over to somewhere else. Coz there are lots of leaves in this collection of films. I’ve been obsessed.
And quite rightly, as this autumn has been awesome!
Roll on day 18.
P.s So chuffed at over 500 films made and shared on Instagram.
Day 10 - LEAF OF THE DAY - Made in the Boomerang app
Day 11 - BREAKFAST TIME - Shot on Canon 5d3 as a stop motion.
Day 12 - FINDING IT HARD TO CHOOSE MY LEAF OF THE DAY - Shot on Canon 5d3 as a stop motion.
Day 13 - WHEELIE GOOD TIME - Shot on iPhone in slow mo.
Day 14 - MINI MONDAY MOVIE – MOSTLY SUNDAY BECAUSE THE SUN WAS SHINING - Shot on Canon 5d3 & iPhone 6s
Day 15 - SIPSMITH FESTIVE FUN - Shot on the iPhone using the Hyperlapse & Boomerang app.
Day 16 - STILL OBSESSED WITH LEAVES - Shot on Canon 5d3.
Day 17 - SLOW MO TEATIME – FIRST MINCE PIES OF THE SEASON - Shot on Canon 5d3 in slow motion
I’m on Day 10! of the #makefilms_dailyproject… Wow.
Although I’m only sharing my films up to yesterday… as I’ve not created/shared today’s film. And besides 5 films is enough for one post, don’t you think?…
The past five days have been fun… lots has been captured in a variety of ways. If you’re interested in which camera I’m shooting on etc, I’ve added notes at the end of each post for this project.
I never expected (only hoped) that so many people would join in along with me…. The number of films being shared on Instagram keeps going up everyday! It really spurs me on to know that so many are noticing the movements around them, capturing it so beautifully and gathering stories that might not have created if it wasn’t for this project.
It’s so brilliant!! Check out the hashtag #makefilms_dailyproject to be inspired!
We’re a third of the way done. Still a fair way to go.
Gotta keep going, keep making, even something simple and quick. Just keep doing. It will be so worth it.
Now… what will I film today?…
Day five – SLOW MO TEATIME – IN BETWEEN THE CHAOS – Shot on Canon 5d3 in slow mo.
Day six - I LOVE ALL THE CHAIRS IN KIM KLASSEN’S STUDIO - Shot on Canon 5d3 as a stop motion.
Day seven – MINI MONDAY MOVIE – FIREWORKS, FLAMES & FUN – Shot on Canon G7x & 5D3 and iPhone 6s
Day eight – SCENES FROM THE #DISCOVERYOURSTORY PARTY – Shot on iPhone 6s using Boomerang & Hyperlapse and Canon 5d4
Day nine – MARVEL AT ALL THE COLOURS OF AUTUMN – Shot on Canon 5d3 as a stop motion.
It’s actually happening… 4 days into the makefilms_dailyproject and 4 films done.
Little snippets of fun.
The best bit… the bit that makes me really smile… are all the films being made and shared on Instagram. Wonderful stories and peeks into people’s lives.
Films that might not have been made if it wasn’t for this makefilms_dailyproject.
Roll on day 5!
Day one – An armful of autumn – A stop motion shot on Canon 5D3
Day two – Let’s downhill – A time lapse shot on the iPhone 6s using Hyperlapse
Day three – All the pretty details of my day – Compilation film shot on iPhone 6s & Canon G7x
Day four – All the colours & fun of the Boden spring 2017 event - Compilation film shot on iPhone 6s & Canon G7x
Another month, another film for the fabulous The Sixty Second Photograph project.
Yes, it’s another story of bike rides! A familiar theme of my films of this year long project, but cycling is a big part of life right now. It’s one of the few times I get to hang out with the boys, so these are the memories I want to remember.
I love this project to push me to create something precious just for me.
Do check out the other wonderful stories being told over at The Sixty Second Photograph.
See more of my films from this project HERE.