13 Nov 11.11.17
This is my story of Saturday 11th November 2017…
Why the 11th Nov? Well, it’s a special date for me, as 11.11.11 is the first DITL I ever made to share online. It’s the film that sparked a lot of my work now and prompted me to start teaching my Creating Time Capsules course online.
I owe that film A LOT!.
But mostly, my 11.11.11 film is packed with memories… precious fleeting moments. Some that I would’ve forgotten had they not been preserved here.
I probably wouldn’t have filmed a Day In The Life this weekend, as there wasn’t much going on (would there be enough to shoot?!) especially as I’ve been creating Scenes From The Weekend films for a while now, but the 11.11. anniversary keep reminding me.
A lot has changed in six years… especially a different house and older boys. Routines are similar, yet not the same. Lately, I’ve been feeling the passing of time so much, I guess it’s life with teenagers and the recent birthday.
So I would push myself to make the film, whatever my excuses not to do it. I even wrote a blog post inviting others to join in…
For this 2017 version, I would challenge myself to try and keep the vibe the same as the original film – use photos intermixed with video, include a little audio where possible, shoot at a shallow depth of field and concentrate on the details. But also knowing I wouldn’t be able to shoot some of the same things, like getting the boys to talk to camera.
It’s not my best film, I wish the light had been better, it was dark and we were inside most of the time – Why don’t I shoot these DITLs in the summer?! I wish there were more interesting things going on. But hey, this is it… this is what happened. This is life now. And I’ve got a record of it. I may not love parts of the film now, but I know I will, in years to come.
And that’s the whole point of creating Time Capsule films.
If you made a DITL this weekend, I’d love to see it – do share a link in the comments… and if you’ve never made one before, I totally recommend shooting your own film, I’ve put together some tips to get started over here.