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A NEW TIME CAPSULE FILM & A GIVEAWAY

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Our plans changed at the last minute over the weekend, so we had a free day to roam around London. The weather was divine… sunshine and shadows a plenty.

I had it in my head to make a film of our day, as a project to share in my up-coming course – A Year Of Creating Time Capsules.

As the day unfolds, I capture the moments witnessed and push myself to see the scenes differently from previous Time Capsule films. Trying alternative camera angles & interesting compositions to mix it up… but also looking for themes and repeating moments to thread throughout the film. The sunshine and shadows were a gift of the day, so I filled the frame with plenty of light… Also, being mindful to see the stories, routines and details, that make this month in our life unique, to lock up in a Time Capsule.

I edited the film on Saturday night, as the boys watched some random action film – Head phones on, laptop & blanket, with Bruce Willis saving some plane in the background. As I sorted through the footage, I wanted each moment to linger…Something about the way I was feeling… wanting to indulge in the sunshine, the movement, the little details of my family… also, it’s probably something to do with my current love of slow motion… so this film is nice & slow…

You can make a simple Day In The Life film during my online course – I share how you can capture your moments, edit them together to keep them forever.

My online course has been extended for 2015 – A Year Of Creating Time Capsules – so we can make more films by creating them regularly… inspiring each other along the way. There’s an amazing community forming, it starts next week and there’s still time to join in throughout December…

I know not everyone has the means to take part, so I’m launching 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 (this photo)

Let me know what you would like to capture in a Time Capsule film next year.

I will announce the random winners on Thursday 11th Dec – All the best!

 

 

THE ROUTINE OF EVERYDAY

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Coming out the summer and having shot loads of pretty places and events, I’d kinda forgotten about just capturing the everyday stuff… other than a little bit on that Sunday afternoon recently.

These everyday photos and memories are what I will love in years to come.

So on our ride yesterday morning, I grabbed some footage on my iPhone to make a One Minute Memory film – it’s not the best quality or brilliantly shot or even, one of my best films, but it packed with memories of our ride to school…. and I love the way he rides his scooter, the backpack and those long legs!

This was all shot on my iPhone and then edited in iMovie on the phone – simple & quick – all the palm of my hand.

This is prime example of a Time Capsule film… the type of film I encourage people to make during my online course - you don’t need fancy equipment to tell a story.

SO… that leads me on to announce the winners of my giveawayErica & Jack – I will email you today.

There’s still time to join us – the course starts tomorrow… all the details are here.

What memories will you capture?

 

 

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October 23rd, 2014 at 4:10 pm

SOMERSAULT FESTIVAL – CREATING TIME CAPSULES GIVEAWAY

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I was feeling the autumn blues creeping in, coz I’m missing the hazy days of summer.

It happens every year and I’ve found the tonic – relive my favourite summer moments through films and photos!

I did it last year and it really helped.

So when the rain poured down earlier this week, I revisited my half finished film of Somersault Festival and completed it. Somersault was one of our highlights of the summer… my top ten favourite moments are here.

Watching this transports me right back there… the feelings wash over and the greyness of the clouds over head seem to fade away for a while.

(Some of this footage made it into our film of summer adventures)

We had such a good time as a family there. The music, the activities, the location and the food. We saw some of our favourite artists perform, while lazing in the sunshine.

I’m so happy it’s been announced that Somersault will happen next year… Is it too early to start counting the days?!

Making this kinda of film is a gift for me and my family. It’s a virtual Time Capsule – brimming with memories that are great to watch, even though only a few months have passed – imagine how good it will be next year, or in two years or beyond.

You can make your own films like this… I share all you need to know to get creating in my online course Creating Time Capsules.

The final round in 2014 starts next week and I know not everyone has the means to take part, so I’d like to offer TWO spaces in a little giveaway…

Just leave a comment here and tell me what memories you would like to film and I’ll pick a couple of random winners on Wednesday (to announce on Thursday), just in time to begin.

Easy peasy…

All the best! x.

TAKING THE TRAIN – ONE MINUTE MEMORY FILMS

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One of the surprises during my recent trip was the train journey between Rhode Island & New York. I had planned to use this time to work at my laptop, but was mesmerised by the stories being told through the window as the beautiful scenery passed by.

The city of New York… the countryside of Connecticut… the beaches… the grass marshes… the towns… the stations… the cute houses. It was all so pretty and so different from any train journey I’ve ever taken before.

As the train rattles around so much, I just grabbed my iPhone and shot some footage on the way to Providence, Rhode Island (see above) and on the way back to New York (see below).

I love the light, colours, textures & lines and the way the ‘passing by’ movement creates such beautiful shapes.

It’s hypnotising. So relaxing.

I honestly could’ve made a 20 minute film, but that’s not ideal, so these are my favourite snippets condensed into a couple of One Minute Memories. So I can transport myself back to those journeys anytime.

These are really quick films to make… shot on the iPhone and edited simply.

If you’d like to learn how I make films like this and my family Time Capsule films

Then my ecourse Creating Time Capsules is just for you. All the details are here – registration opened TODAY! and this will be the last time I run in 2014, so why not jump onboard!

 

Written by xanthe

October 7th, 2014 at 3:45 pm

SUNDAY AFTERNOON

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Yes, I love capturing the holidays, adventures and special moments…

but I also relish in gathering images of the everyday life at home.

It’s been a wonderful hectic summer, with many weekends away, so it was a gift to have a weekend with NO plans last week. A chance to potter, sort some things out in the house and have a roast dinner!

So I kept my camera with me and gathered some little vignettes… Keeping it simple by using only photographs to make into a stop motion film – the current round of Creating Time Capsules have been making some lovely films using photos – so I was inspired.

This is our now… no major events & imperfect images embraced…

Besides the light is so gorgeous at this time of year… it’s probably the star of the show.

Hope Autumn is bringing you some lazy Sundays… thanks for passing by x.

 

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September 17th, 2014 at 2:04 pm

SUMMER ADVENTURES 2014 – A NEW TIME CAPSULE FILM

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I’ve said it before, but this summer holiday went so fast.

To combat the ‘back to school’ feelings… I’ve been re-living the summer by completing this film.

These are my favourite moments – the little things that will spark the bigger memories in future. The details of our life and this time together, which is so fleeting.

These are our stories. I’m so grateful to have captured them.

This was our summer.

Still to be completed is a film just about Somersault festival, even though lots of fav memories are within here… and I reckon a “one minute memory” skateboarding film has to be made, as I have tons of footage.

This was the summer of skating.

Now, maybe… this film has you all inspired and wishing you could make your own memory films… well…

Creating Time Capsules starts TOMORROW! and I’d love to guide you through the magic of making your own films & for you to be part of a community all sharing their stories.

Plus there’s still a few hours left to win a place on the course… head over here… I’ll be e-mailing the winners this evening UK time.

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*Side note about music in the film : I love this song… it’s been played frequently as we’ve travelled about this summer, so it seemed only right to have it as the soundtrack to this film… I don’t usually like to use unlicensed music now, and I spend hours searching for decent tracks to accompany my work… but this song IS our summer, so I’m using it… Hey, if you like it too, I recommend the whole album, especially this track

DAY IN THE LIFE – CREATING TIME CAPSULES IS OPEN

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The ‘day in the life’ film is my most favourite time capsule project.

This is where you document parts of your day… seeking out your moments.

The more “everyday” the moment, the better… I find.

It’s a chance to record the details that will slowly over time change… you know – preserving the fleeting moments.

Last Sunday we were nearly at the end of our child-free time, as the boys were due back from camp in a couple of days. It’s been quiet without them, we missed them terribly, but also really enjoyed our time alone together.

So I made a simple film of our Sunday – just using photos, put together as a slideshow & stop-motion. Usually my films are full of action, colour and fun. I think this reflects this quiet time, just the two of us – plus, the crazy weather we had that day.

Making films using photos is the first project I encourage participants of my Creating Time Capsules course to make. It’s an easy project to start with, to focus on looking for the moments, to think about storytelling, to look for movement and to practise editing in iMovie. It’s a great transition project into video, if you’re not used to that medium.

Registration for the September round of Creating Time Capsules opens today – so if you’d like to start making your own Time Capsule films, I’d love to guide you through the magic of making them & to have you join the inspiring community that gathers… All the details are here.

More of my Time Capsules films here…

 

 

Written by xanthe

August 14th, 2014 at 11:00 am

LATELY – OH JULY

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Goodness, July – you were packed! non-stop activities…

With weekends away to Somersault Festival and camping trips…

With a weekend at my parent’s house, sampling the produce from their land, plus a day trip to the beach.

With plenty of colour, as the colour//colour lovers project was in full glory. (Yes, I have an obsession with colourful flags!)

With a house move and the huge demands that brings…

With some wonderful portrait shoots – for families, friends and my sister’s tearoom – bakeaboo.

Now it’s time for August… I’m taking part in Susannah’s August Break… I’ll be sharing mostly on Instagram. I’ve even contributed to a couple of the daily emails - why don’t you join us?

And I’m going to take it a little easier this month.

Especially having just spent two days ill in bed, with exhaustion, a migraine and a stupid cold. I’m using this month to catch up on everything, hopefully unpack the new house and not miss our lovelies too much, as they ventured off on their own camp adventure for a few days…

Just a little film using some of the photos captured in a homemade Photo Booth.

It’s hard to believe we made one of these three years ago… what a gift these films are.

I have to tell you… the summer session of Creating Time Capsules is brimming with magic, I’m loving what people are creating – little stories of their everyday lives. It’s a joy.

If you’re interested, the course will run again in September… stay tuned for details.

Thanks July. You were awesome… Just like this poster from the Pedlar’s event… all the way back on the 1st!

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Photos captured on Canon EOS 5d MIII & iPhone 5s… just in case you’re interested. x.

OUR SUMMER SO FAR

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I love the summer.

I love the sunshine, I love long evenings full of golden light, I love campfires, I love food cooked & eaten outside, I love adventures to old and new places, I love dappled light through the tress, I love marshmallows melting on your fingers, I love the smell of rain on the warm earth, I love the greens of nature… and more.

Our summer so far has been sprinkled with all these loves. Adventuring near and far, capturing little snippets of these delights with my lens and compiled together into a film, so they don’t gather dust on the hard drive…. and instead tell the story of our summer so far…

Focus on the good, look for the light. That’s what I’m concentrating on. Life isn’t all sunshine and marshmallows everyday – we just moved house and I’m totally exhausted, but concentrating on the good brings more good, and I’m all for that.

Thankfully, our summer continues… with more adventures to come & films, photos and stories to tell of them. But sometimes you have to use what you’ve gathered so far and play with it. I encourage people taking my Time Capsule courses, that completing a project is best way to learn what works and encourages you to make more. The summer round of Creating Time Capsules – A JOURNEY is producing some wonderful films, packed with memories and stories of their summers. It makes me so happy!

Thanks for being a wonderful summer so far… can’t wait to see what the forthcoming weeks bring!

All photos and the film captured on Canon EOS 5D mIII :: the next round of Creating Time Capsules will be in September.

 

 

Written by xanthe

July 16th, 2014 at 4:35 pm

RANDOM HAPPENINGS – A NEW TIME CAPSULE FILM

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A lot of this year has been dominated by photography… various projects have had me shooting more photos than films. For example… various family portrait sessions, the color//colour lovers project was mainly stills and my latest course – TANGIBLE Time Capsules has been centred around holding real photographs by getting your images off devices… plus I’ve been shooting with the Lumia 1020.

I have been capturing video sporadically, but I’ve not had enough time for editing, to make my films, and this has been affecting my creative spirit. I see in movement, lots of my photos have motion within and capturing video is my real passion.

So I was determined to make a film of our Easter break… (in fact a film of our first camp of the season is also in the works – and maybe a bike film?).

A “Random Happenings” film is something I encourage my course participants to create, as it’s just a collection of moments, put together in no particular order (maybe with a theme or a thread), thus provoking a feeling that takes us back to that moment, when we watch in years to come.

Blessed with amazing weather, I was squealing at the amazing light. Give me dappled sunlight in a wood or the golden hour and my camera & I are happy.

Huge thanks to our boys, who are so generous with their support to be filmed. I often get questions from people asking if they mind being documented, and currently they’re cool with it, getting involved in the process and cheekily reminding me how lucky I am to have them as subjects! – and believe me I’m so grateful. As I realise this might not last, so I’m making the most of it while I can…

If this kind of film making appeals to you & you’d like to capture your moments on video and make them into Time Capsule films… Well, Creating Time Capsules is coming back… a summer long course – combining photos & video capturing your moments, plus the TANGIBLE element of printing your photos. For details and updates of when it’s coming… please join my MAILING LIST.

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All footage shot on the Canon 5Dm3 with 35mm 1.4 lens.