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

COLOUR LOVERS PHOTO WALK – BRICK LANE

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Another great Colour Lovers Photowalk this morning!

This time exploring the Brick Lane area…

With lots of graffiti…

Colourful store fronts…

My favourite pink house on such a pretty street off Brick Lane…

And doors… of course.

A little rain at the beginning of the walk, didn’t stop us from seeking out colour to photograph…

We walked and chatted… all the way taking photos… and then finally, once the chilliness became too much, we found somewhere cosy to finally warm our hands, so we could take a look at what we’d shot.

Thanks to all the lovely ladies who joined me on this colour safari, especially considering how cold and drizzly it was!. It was fun!

Check out the hashtag #COLOURLOVERSPHOTOWALK to see more from our hue adventure.

If you’d like to join a COLOUR LOVERS PHOTO WALK in other vibrant parts of London…

Sign up here to be the first to hear about the next walk.

 

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March 5th, 2016 at 6:54 pm

I LOVE THE COLOR//COLOUR LOVERS PROJECT

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Another winter blasted away with the simple task of finding colour.

It’s tradition that Andrea & I start this color//colour lovers project in January, to serve a daily dose of vibrancy to beat the winter blahs creeping in.

It works. It truly does.

Each week a new colour and new opportunities to bask in technicolour.

I wear colour and have flowers in the house… spot colour in familiar places (like the doors above) and some ordinary ones. Take a photo, make a film… whatever I like. The freedom of the project is anything goes.

This year has been magic… there have been lots of other projects and work things happening that have taken my attention, but it’s so good to commit to this and find inspiration, generate new ideas and push myself to get out and shoot, when really I should be dealing with my inbox.

I’ve created work I wouldn’t have, cheered myself up on grey days, enjoyed watching other people join us on this colourful treasure hunt and as ever, I love collaborating with Andrea.

My favourite pieces of work to come out of this project… were the transition stop motions.

Last year I created colourful collections each week and I wanted something new for 2016, so the idea of saying good-bye to one colour and hello to another seemed fun, as I’ve previously done it with a photo. Especially if I could use totally random things and play with them.

I love this series! Hope you enjoyed them too.

And the final one… GOODBYE BLUE – LET’S CARRY ON CELEBRATING ALL THE COLOURS, ALL THE TIME!

Thanks to everyone who followed along and joined in.

Till next time, we will update our shared space soon, so all the colours can sit together beautifully.

Not sure when we’ll be back, there are whisperings of doing it again, perhaps even this year?… I’ll keep you posted.

 

 

 

 

BLUE FOR COLOR//COLOUR LOVERS

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BLUE is always a joy to finish the color//colour lovers project on.

Especially as this is often the week that the light shifts and the BLUE skies appear.

BLUE – you are hope that spring is on it’s way. Thank you.

Found the most darling street off the Kings Road, full of BLUE treats…

BLUE week was lovely! Beautiful BLUES from the lovely Andrea… We’ve been playing on Instagram using #colorcolourlovers

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February 28th, 2016 at 10:18 am

ORANGE FOR COLOR//COLOUR LOVERS

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ORANGE – I love you

Especially when you glow…

Or appear at my feet…

Or make the kitchen smell amazing!

Orange you were fun – thank you!

So long ORANGE, it’s time for some BLUE playtime…

Follow along with the lovely Andrea and I… on Instagram using #colorcolourlovers and share your BLUE beauties!

 

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February 27th, 2016 at 10:00 am

GREEN FOR COLOR//COLOUR LOVERS

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GREEN week was pretty quiet… I didn’t get out and about as much unfortunately…

But I still found a few pockets of GREEN here and there, but not as much as I would’ve liked.

So long GREEN… thanks for bringing a little calm. On to ORANGE now…

Follow along with the lovely Andrea and I… on Instagram using #colorcolourlovers and share your ORANGE delights!…

 

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February 17th, 2016 at 10:47 pm

FIVE FAVOURITE FRAMES

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Broadway market is one of favourite London spots… the food, the atmosphere and the best yellow wall in London.

A couple of weekends ago we went all the way there, just for the Vietnamese noodle dish by Hanoi Kitchen.

Deliciousness a plenty…

Can’t wait for the weather to warm up so we can spend a bit more time hanging out there… it was so cold, we had to escape back home pretty quickly…

More FIVE FAVOURITE FRAMES here… my lovely friend Andrea has been playing along too.

All photos shot on Canon 5DIII

 

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February 13th, 2016 at 5:01 pm

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LOVING A COLOR STORY – A NEW PHOTO EDITING APP

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I’m so loving A Color Story… a new photo editing app for the iPhone, from the ladies at A Beautiful Mess.

It’s making all my photos super vibrant and pop with life.

And making whites look bright and crisp.

It’s super easy to use and SO very colourful!

I’ve had A Color Story for a couple of weeks now. If you’d like to see how I’m using it so far… I’ve made a little rambling screencast sharing my process while I edit a few photos…

Enjoy!

Let me know if you’re using the app too and which are your favourite filters…

Have a great day.

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February 10th, 2016 at 12:21 pm

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