xanthe berkeley | A DAY ON CAMP – A TIME CAPSULE FILM
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So the film above is a stop motion film, using only photos taken in consecutive bursts, to show the movement. These frames are then strung together in an editing program to show the movement. This type of film isn’t to everyones taste – some might say it’s too jerky. But I love them and it’s the imperfection that appeals. I like the roughness… that the frame moves… that the odd photo is out of focus… that it speeds by in the blink of an eye… that it’s jerky. Not every story has to be told in a slick smooth way, we’re not making corporate or commercial films – this is about real life.

In my courses, I encourage people to start with a stop motion film, as it’s achievable to complete a finished film and opens your eyes to movement within the frame – as many people taking part are photographers. It gives confidence to move into video with an understanding of capturing motion.

The film above is from our first camping trip of the year. At the time, I knew I wanted to make a film, but wasn’t sure what kind of film, so I approached it with the intention of capturing the details in front of me.

I shot photos and captured video.

You can see many video clips from camping in this film below, from a couple of weeks ago…. some of them similar to the frames in the stop motion film…mixed in with other footage.

As I didn’t know at the time of shooting what kind of film I was going to create… I just gathered enough materials to give me options in the editing process.

So how do I choose what to film and what to photograph? Do I shoot video alongside taking photos…Or just choose one… Is one medium more important to me than the other?

As you can see from both these films, I shoot both alongside each other, often capturing the same thing in both mediums – As I share in my course, I use what I call I can only describe as a “sandwich” method – shoot some photos… then a little video… and back to photos. Or vice versa. I find I can gather plenty this way.

It might seem a faff, but it’s how I’ve always worked. I even do the same with photography – take a photo on DSLR, grab one on the iPhone – back the DSLR.

It’s all about experimenting and playing and seeing how each medium can capture the beauty in front of you… and then be used to tell the story.

If you’d like to make films like these and tell your stories through photos and video… there’s still time to register for Creating Time Capsules – A JOURNEY – which is a longer version of my original course, giving more time to play and create. I hope you’ll join the amazing community that’s already gathered… I’d love to have you join us.



  • Tahnee
    Posted at 00:26h, 22 May Reply

    just like I always say Xanthe – so beautiful! so gentle but bold and powerful at the same time, you know? I am so jealous of your steady hand, I don’t seem to have it naturally when videoing or shooting stop motion, but it is something I am working on.. not sure I’m getting any better though! so looking forward to starting the course x

  • rusty {rambles}
    Posted at 20:44h, 21 May Reply

    What a beautiful idea. And it looks like a seriously fantastic camping trip. With a bonfire, April just about feels warm enough for some time under the stars! I’m holding on to your idea that “Not every story has to be told in a slick smooth way” to give me the courage to have a go.)

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