Archive for the ‘my time capsules’ Category
I love the morning routine… That hour or so between waking and the boys going to school. It feels pretty ordinary and much the same each day, as we move through the mundane motions of daily life; like the dishwasher being emptied & cereal being poured. Yet over the years, some things remain and other bits are completely different.
A shift happens… so slowly that I don’t notice it. The school uniforms change, the cats are bigger, the boys hair is different and teeth have grown, but hey, Asterisk books are still being read. If I hadn’t made one of these films last year and the year before that, I might not have really noticed the differences. I might not have taken the time to remember the details of everyday life are always evolving.
The morning routine is still one of my favourite Time Capsule films to make. Deciding which moments are the memories I want to preserve. These films aren’t about being technical perfect or trying to make a “better” film each time. They’re a personal story of our life. They’re just about capturing an ordinary moment in time and packaging it up to remember forever… thus making it extraordinary to me.
This was filmed a few months ago in the Autumn and already, by January, things have changed… and next time I’m shooting one in the summer months! – those dark moments first thing in our basement flat, aren’t the best to capture.
SO, if this has inspired you to create a film about your morning routine… and you’d like to begin creating your own Time Capsule films… I can inspire you through my course Creating Time Capsules… Registration is open for the course beginning Friday 31st Jan. All the details are here…
GIVE AWAY TIME – As I do on every course I run… I’d love to giveaway TWO places for this course… just leave a comment telling me your favourite part of your morning routine at the moment and I’ll announce the winner on Thurs 23rd Jan.
All the best. x.
This week I’m looking back through 2013 and all I’ve captured through my camera.
2013 was the year I really wanted to build on my love of film-making. Explore storytelling through film and keep practicing & creating with this medium. So I set myself a challenge as part of my birthday list - #20 – to make a Time Capsule film each month for my family & a film about our summer.
Fortunately, this year took us some incredible adventures, bringing plenty of material to shoot. What’s lovely, as I look back, is the variety of stories I’ve been able to capture. From everyday stuff & the moments from family life to all the colours, sunshine and smiles from our adventures.
What a blessing 2013 has been….
JANUARY – A SELECTION OF RANDOM MOMENTS DURING ONE SATURDAY.
FEBRUARY – TO BEAT THE WINTER BLAHS – I SEARCHED AND CREATED COLOUR FOR 30 DAYS.
MARCH – A ONE MINUTE MEMORY FILM TO CAPTURE THE JOY OF HIS FIRST ZIP CARD.
APRIL – HIGHLIGHTS OF ALL OUR WATER ADVENTURES – ALL SHOT ON THE IPHONE.
MAY – ALL THE SIGHTS & COLOURS OF OUR BIG HOPEFUL ADVENTURE.
JUNE – A PORTRAIT OF ALL THE THINGS OUR ELDEST BOY LIKES TO DO.
JULY – ALL THE JOYS OF COOKING WHILE CAMPING ON A SUMMERS EVENING.
AUGUST – A STOP-MOTION OF RANDOM MOMENTS DURING A DAY OUT IN LONDON.
SEPTEMBER – A STORY OF GOING FISHING WHILE IN CORNWALL.
A FILM ABOUT OUR SUMMER – ALL MY FAVOURITE MOMENTS.
OCTOBER – A COLLECTION OF MOMENTS OF ALL THE “MOVING” & TRAVELLING THROUGHOUT OUR YEAR.
& A STOP-MOTION OF ONE ORDINARY SUNDAY MORNING.
NOVEMBER – A COLLECTION OF CONVERSATIONS WITH OUR BOYS.
DECEMBER – Still to come…
If watching these films inspires you to want to create your own Time Capsule Films next year… I’m running my online course again in January, where I share all my tips & tricks to shoot and edit your own films in my course - Creating Time Capsules.
All the details are here.
As the rain pours down outside…and my room fills with darkness. I’m grateful this week to have been transported back to happy times in the sunshine earlier this year.
Our trip – our big hopeful adventure was a blessing, something we had dreamed of but never thought possible. Then a surprise pot of money showed up and sometimes the urge to be sensible, is over ruled by the need to feed the soul and live in the moment, because you never know what’s round the corner.
I’ve already made a few films about our trip… plenty, some would say… yes, probably enough… but there were still bits of footage – full of joy, sunshine and our lovely boys… that it seemed a shame to leave said moments lonely on a hard drive…
So in honour of my week travelling through the archives… it’s a continuation of the first story – a film of random happenings during our month away… each clip tells a story to me, by taking me back to the moment that prompted me to pick up camera and capture the beauty happening… like a moving scrap book or opening a box of memories… that’s the best kind of time capsule.
I’m so grateful we got to experience all of this… for our family and for my creativity… it’s was the best blessing ever…
Taking part in Karen’s NaPhoPoMo this month – posting photos daily for the month of November.
My Time Capsule films are never going to be “arty farty”, layered with hidden meanings. They are simple stories of my life. Just that. What I see and what I love.
I share my work, my films and my life, in the hope to inspire others to create the same. To capture their moments to remember… coz I just know how super, brilliant & amazing, these films are to look back on.
In sharing these parts of my life, I battle with a familiar demon because I’d never want anyone to think I’m declaring my life is perfect or that I’ve got it all sorted, just because the bits I choose to share are full of sunshine and smiles.
Let me tell you, our boys argue and fight A LOT. It drives me bonkers sometimes. But I don’t need make films or take photos of that – I’d much rather focus on the good… the stuff that makes me ever grateful these two boys are in our lives.
Back in April I started a film project… a “conversations” film. For 14 days I asked the boys questions – found out about their day, asked them what they were grateful for and anything else that popped into my mind. We chat everyday (obvs), but this time I was making an effort for 5 mins everyday (!) to capture it on video in order to create a Time Capsule of conversations.
Through a film, I can capture their voices, facial expressions & thought processes. Something a photo isn’t going to deliver.
And for two weeks I did it… high five!
Then the footage sat on the hard drive for 6 months… fail!
Till now. (Oh my, these boys have already changed SO much since I shot this – that’s the power of a time capsule film right there)
I kept this project really simple. It doesn’t require fancy equipment, just a little patience and cooperation from your family. I’ve even edited it in the most simple way.. no fancy cutaways or detail shots… just the boys chatting straight to camera.
This is the short version – as I’m sure you don’t want to sit through all 8 mins of it – that’s just for me to indulge myself in years to come.
Hey, you don’t even need children to make a conversations film – you can consider interviewing yourself… your thoughts and feelings at this moment are just as wonderful.
This is just the kinda of film you can create during my course - Creating Time Capsules.
I’d love to giveaway TWO places on the next round which starts THIS Friday… Would you like to take part as my guest?
Leave a comment and let me know if you were to make a “conversations” film – what question you would ask in order to be reminded of the answers in years to come…
I’ll pick a winner on Thurs 7th Nov… All the best x.
Taking part in Karen’s NaPhoPoMo this month – posting photos daily for the month of November.
I didn’t take many photos, mainly because it rained a lot!… and also, I was too busy capturing silly moments on my iPhone… a few of the other ladies captured alongside me… and this is the montage I put together.
Shot on the iPhone 4s using the 8mm app.
Making a film like this, just shot on the iPhone and edited together using iMovie is something YOU could create. I share how I do it in my Creating Time Capsules course which starts in November… all the details are here… Come and join the fun!
Recently, I was taken down with a silly virus, feeling proper sorry for myself. Lounging in bed, I found myself wishing for exciting things to be happening… for adventures far and wide to be on my agenda.
Instead of having a full on pity party – I went back to that place of gratitude.
Through various bits of un-used footage from this film and all I captured during our summer road trips, it was interesting to find a theme of “moving on by” through so many sights – always moving and experiencing so much.
This is the magic we’ve seen while travelling this year.
I’m using this film as a positive intention to see/do more of this – to keep on moving, to keep on exploring, keep on making films, keep on taking photos through plenty more adventures still to come… yes please. and thank you.
I put together the Moving On By film as part of my Creating Time Capsules course. One of the project ideas I suggest, is to pick a theme to shoot, gather those clips over a period of time and mix them all up, just like a collage.
I’ve had a few requests to run the Creating Time Capsules course again this year, so I’m going to open registration on Thurs 17th Oct for the course to start on Fri 8th Nov. I hope you’ll join us. For all the details of when registration opens - join my mailing list here.
All photos captured in Bali on Canon 5DMk3
Back in May I read this post by Sas… and it’s really stayed with me… especially this bit -
“When you talk about your home, you are talking about your life.”
Where we’re living at the moment is temporary, so there’s a sense of limbo… and that’s a real reflection of life right now. It’s like we’re in the space in between… waiting for the next chapter to begin. This is neither bad or good.
It just is.
As I’ve been focusing on my list lately, it’s clear that we’d love Number #11 to happen… to buy a home again – we’d like to make a new space really ours. This isn’t possible just yet in the grand scheme of things, but the intention is there.
One afternoon over the summer break, upon returning from some adventure… I focused on making memories from this place that’s home for now.
Nothing special was happening… in fact nothing happened at all. No big story. Just us hanging out. It’s pretty ordinary, but that’s often where beauty can be found and memories can be preserved.
This is a stop-motion film… using only stills – shot & edited in a short amount of time… I’ll share how you can make simple films like this in Creating Time Capsules. - Come back tomorrow for a giveaway!
to capture behind-the-scenes of her Tedx Event,
to hang out with Andrea and Ava
and just wonder the streets.
I had decided this trip was just about capturing still images… and was only going to shoot video for the Tedx event. I had a few cameras with me and shooting polaroids with Andrea & Irene was a real highlight, as I crossed #9 & #25 off the list.
But as it happens I can’t just take one image… I see in movement, watch for movement and then keep shooting. I was so interested in people walking on the streets and in the tourist areas, so that’s what I have…
A little story of what I saw while walking in Paris.
We look at creating slideshows and stop motion as part of Creating Time Capsules… it’s a simple way of just using still photos to create motion, and tell a story….
Wanna learn how? Join us while there are still a few places left.
As it happens I’m back in Paris this weekend for Francesca’s birthday, and I can’t wait!
Happy weekend to you all x.
During our trip to Wales, Cosmo and I became obsessed with collecting stones and painting/drawing on them. So many stones came home with us, it’s crazy!
Early one morning, we walked down to the beach to gather a fresh stash, ready to turn the stones into owls.
Cosmo came up with three owls designs, after researching images online…
And today, he’s going to share with you his process of painting one of these stone owls… with a fun little tutorial we made together.
We made this film as part of my COLLABORATE course – where families to work together to create their own films…. and I share the process for making films like this (using stop motion, editing video, adding voice-overs & music in iMovie) in Creating Time Capsules… which is still has a few places available.
Adventuring has been a huge part of this year for us all… it started with our big hopeful adventure, and gave us the bug to carry on seeking opportunities to live life to the full and discover more of the world and its wonders. We planned our summer by packing it with visits to new destinations and old favourites here in the UK.
Now, I’m not saying this summer has been easy… family life is hard for everybody at sometime – our boys love to fight with each other and there are plenty of difficult times, arguments and grumpiness between us all… most days if the truth be told. But now I’ve made this highlights film, I can look back with a grateful heart at all we’ve seen, done & experienced. It’s important for me to remember to focus on the highlights and not the shitiness… because who wants to hear about the punching and wrestling, our camping equipment nearly causing a disaster, the headaches and overwhelmed-ness, lack of money, lost digital files, pressures of deadlines…etc.
We all have real-life moments that stress us out… but when we FLIP it – we find beauty and goodness weaves it’s way through the other stuff.
We have each other and for that I’m very grateful…
This is our summer… (and I can tick number #20 off my list.) I wanted the film to take on a similar vibe as our 30 days of our big hopeful adventure film… little snippets of random moments, pretty light, bright colours and my favourite feet shots – I can’t help it…
This film is packed with details I want to remember forever.
*Side note about music : 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 and I’m taking a risk using it… Hey, if you like it too, I recommend the whole album, especially this track (which was the sound track of our big adventure).
Now, maybe… this film has got you all inspired and wishing you could make your own memory films… well…
I’m excited to announce Creating Time Capsules is open for registration… 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.
Will you join us?
All the details are here… come on in.
If you’ve taken any of my courses before and feel like dipping back into the course material and being inspired by the new community that gathers… email me for a special alumni rate…
All photos are from our trip to Wales with friends.