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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

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

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 TODAY (registration will be open till the 12th) – 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 May 17th.

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 – nearly 1K films!

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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May 6th, 2016 at 5:51 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

THE NEW INSTAGRAM UPDATE FOR VIDEO

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As much as I love the challenge of telling a story by creating a film that’s 15 seconds long, it was great to hear news that the ability to share films that are up to 60 seconds, has arrived on Instagram.

This means a little more freedom for film making and the opportunity to get really creative on this platform.

It’s taking a while for me to get used to it… I’ve not shared anything longer 30 seconds so far… just edging myself slowly into it.

I’ve had a lot of questions about it from people taking my online courses and the community on Instagram. So I thought I’d share a little look at how it works and how to know if the update has arrived yet for you. Plus, how to use the multi clips editing feature, which is much more useable now there’s more time to edit clips together.

As mentioned in here, the new function for longer video is rolling out slowly to everyone over the next few weeks. So if it’s not working for you yet, stay patient… it’s coming soon!

Let me know if you’re enjoying the new feature and what stories you’re telling with all this extra time!

P.s For those that have been asking… registration for the next sessions of my online film making courses opens FRIDAY 15TH APRIL.

 

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April 14th, 2016 at 2:29 pm

MY EASTER LUNCH TABLE WITH ANTHROPOLOGIE

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I love this time of year… with springtime, my birthday and the Easter four day weekend on the horizon.

So when Anthropologie here in UK asked me if I’d like to create a film, sharing how I would lay the table & cook up a special lunch for a family Easter weekend lunch… I jumped at the chance!

Take a look…

Lately I find weekends are full of work, chores and social engagements… well, it’s mostly the boys who do all the socialising! But we’re always out & about doing something, so taking time to hang out at home was pretty lovely.

The boys helped lay the table, although that might have had something to do with chocolate eggs…

The brilliant Clare of Achillea provided colourful blooms in vintage stone jars, to compliment the duck egg blue plates and pink glassware…

I was so excited at how pretty the table looked. I’m totally in love with all the tableware, especially the table cloth and napkins… they will be wonderful for future summer parties!

So if you’re looking for some menu inspiration for your Easter weekend… I decided to keep it really simple… so we could focus on more time sat around the table, rather than slaving over a hot stove.

To start – Butternut squash soup with warmed baguette. 

Then – A simple roast chicken and potatoes… 

and a garden salad, both colourful and delicious. 

Then dessert – Pavlova with fresh berries… please don’t notice that it’s a shop bought pavlova, I would’ve made a real one, but laying the table was way more fun than spending even more time in the kitchen!

Still tasted amazing… especially on the stunning plates by Lou Rota, those colours make me so happy!.

One last highlight… these glasses are beautiful and the boys loved them…

They’ve never used such fancy glassware, it was so cute to watch them enjoying them.

And naturally Luke had some bubbles…

What a lovely day… hope it inspires you to cook up something delicious, lay the table with some prettiness and celebrate springtime finally arriving.

Note about the collaboration – I was commissioned to create the photos & film for the Anthropologie blog – pop over there to see the post – it’s rather lovely! but I was so excited by the photos, film and all the prettiness, I wanted to share it here too… hope you enjoy it!

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March 20th, 2016 at 6:00 am

MAKE FILMS IS BACK

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MAKE FILMS is back! The online course starts next week… I’m so excited to offer it again.

You can see all the films made as part of the current course here - #makefilmscourse… literally bursting with creativity. I will do a more detailed post next week sharing some of the films made. They have blown my mind!

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 15 second films for Instagram or one minute films 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…

Even though the focus will be on mini Instagram films, you can share these films anywhere and make them longer than 15 secs.

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 Tues 22nd March. 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

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

 

 

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March 18th, 2016 at 5:00 pm

MINI TIME CAPSULES – DAY IN THE LIFE FILMS

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My favourite film to look back on is the one packed with the everyday details.

As the years seems to whizz by faster and faster… these films are full of reminders of our daily life.

Creating a Day In The Life film gives you the opportunity to notice the details of your routine and the ordinary things… and then capture those mundane things, to make them beautiful.

These are the little things I notice, the things I want to remember. I’m telling a story for my future self.

And I know I’m going to love what ever details I put in the frame because they are fleeting. I know this to be true by watching back Day In The Life films I’ve made over the years.

Each film is a gift. A gift to my future self.

Last week in the MAKE FILMS course I encouraged people to create a Day In The Life film… even one mini film like these. In my current Bloom Forum course… people are documenting their lives so beautifully… and tomorrow my Creating Time Capsules course starts and the DITL film is one of the best Time Capsules films you can ever make.

These films take effort. I don’t promise it’s quick & easy, but I do promise you will love what ever you create.

Hope these mini ones have inspired you to have a go at creating your own Day In The Life film…

If you’d like any help, inspiration or guidance… consider taking one of my online courses - Creating Time Capsules starts on Friday or MAKE FILMS on 22nd March.

Check out this blog post to hear about both courses.

These films are shot on Canon 5D3, Canon G7x and iPhone 6s

 

WHICH ONLINE COURSE DO I RECOMMEND?

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Currently I have two online courses, both sharing how you can make your own little films -

MAKE FILMS & Creating Time Capsules.

I’ve had a few emails asking the difference between the courses… so let me share some details here.

Both courses are suitable for all levels… from beginners who have never shot any video and want to get started… to people who are already making films confidently, but would like some encouragement and project ideas to continue on the path.

You can use any camera you like on either course – DSLR, mobile or compact… whatever you are familiar with. For the editing software – I share techniques in iMovie, but you can use other editing programs… some of the editing tips can be transferred easily. Additional equipment for MAKE FILMS – tripod & remote (but not essential).

A lot of the course materials cross over on both courses, but they’re delivered in different ways, depending on the film being made. I’ll be covering shooting, editing and sharing lots of film inspiration.

Let’s break down each course…

FAMILY FILMS FULL OF MEMORIES

A Time Capsule film is a memory evoking film. Your unique moments, packaged up in a movie; using a mix of photos or video, for you to share and enjoy… forever.

Creating Time Capsules is a course for those people who want to make regular films of their life and family times… The six week course will guide you through shooting tips, tons of project ideas for inspiration and bite sized tutorials showing you the editing process in iMovie. You’ll also be part of community sharing their films and connecting with each other on Vimeo.

The course schedule recommends creating three films (one every two weeks) – the first will be photo based – stop motion or slideshow. The second film focuses on just video to hone your skills and the final film can combine both mediums.

All the details are HERE. The course starts Friday 6th May.

Some examples of films you could create – One Minute Memories, Random Happenings or Day In The Life films.

 

TEN WEEKS OF FUN MINI FILMS

MAKE FILMS is a new course for 2016, based on all the films I’ve been sharing on Instagram.

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 15 second films for Instagram or one minute films to share online. It’s packed with tips and tricks of how to make all my favourite films! We’ll concentrate a different type of film each week, from stop motions, time lapses, slow mo stories, scenes from the weekend films… to simply shooting interesting footage to edit into little films.

Even though the focus will be on mini Instagram films, you can share these films anywhere and make them longer than 15 secs.

There is a schedule – The new project or weekly inspiration will be shared in my online learning space every Tuesday… you then have all week to create your project and share it on a Monday with the course community on Instagram – check out the #makefilmscourse tag to see what’s being made.

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 Tues 17th May.

Some examples of films you could create - Stop motions, Time lapses, Scenes From The Weekend films, Slow mo stories & Mini Day In The Life films.

So which course DO I recommend?

Both courses offer a similar outline with what’s available to learn – especially the shooting tips and editing guidance. The project ideas are slightly different as you can see from the examples.

So really it’s a personal preference…

Ask yourself… how much time do you have to devote to creating films? What kind of films would you like to make? How would you like to share them? Do you have something specific you’d like to learn? What stories or content is available for you to capture?

I think by answering these questions the right course will reveal itself to you… Come and join in the fun!

If you’ve got any more questions… leave a comment here or contact me.

 

 

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March 6th, 2016 at 8:00 pm

CELEBRATING ONE YEAR OF MINI MONDAY MOVIES

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One year ago, on this very Monday, I started the #MiniMondayMovies hashtag on Instagram by sharing the film above.

The idea of creating a 15 second film intrigued me, I wondered if it was possible to tell a story in such a short space of time.

So I started the hashtag to get into the habit of sharing a film every Monday, using footage I’d collected over the weekend. “Scenes from the weekend” was born and I loved the memories I was collecting each week… little snippets that told the story of what we, as a family, had been up to.

Some of the mini films became part of longer films… Here is the longer version of that first film -

The year-long project just flowed. The challenge of it soon diminished, when I saw the joy that each film brought me at the time and realising these were mini time capsules, just shorted versions of the films I’d been making anyway. But these were more frequent films, full of the everyday details and the ordinary adventures…. All the things I’ll really enjoy watching back in years to come.

I share more about my love of these films in this post and you can see more of my Mini Monday Movies HERE.

To celebrate the one year anniversary! and the achievement of consistently creating a mini film every week, I thought I would recreate the film that started it all. Shoot it in a similar way and in the same locations but include the subtle changes that have happened over the year.

It was a fun project to work on… There’s a longer version too…

With all the hundreds of films I’ve made, I’ve never recreated something so closely… it’s an interesting process and one I’d like to explore more of, as the concept of the Time Capsule and the changes over time, could be documented so well by doing this.

As I’m in this celebratory mood! – I’d love to give away a few places on each of my online courses – you can choose between MAKE FILMS or Creating Time Capsules starting in March.

One person for each course, chosen from here on the blog and one from Instagram (this film).

Just leave a comment letting me know your favourite part of this weekend and which course you would prefer… I’ll announce the random winners next Monday 15th…

All the best!

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On the blog – The winners are Amanda Saoud Griffin for MAKE FILMS & Kathy Hutton for Creating Time Capsules

On Instagram - The winners are @bozcacda.nisos for MAKE FILMS & @cs_monaghan Creating Time Capsules

THANK YOU to everyone who entered! I will do another giveaway in March…

 

 

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February 8th, 2016 at 10:06 am