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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!


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…



  • Amanda Saoud Griffin
    Posted at 01:27h, 16 February Reply

    Thank you!!! Thank you!!! am so excited about Make Films! Can’t wait for March! 🙂

  • Leanne Ambrogio
    Posted at 11:22h, 15 February Reply

    So excited to have found you Xanthe and would so love to win a spot on you Make Films beginning in March. As I am living on the other side of the world it is summer here so my favourite part of the weekend was hanging out in the pool with the kids on a stunning 30 degree day here in Sydney! Cant wait to follow along x

  • Sjoukje Postma
    Posted at 21:47h, 12 February Reply

    My favourite part of this weekend was walking together with my hubby and my parents in a place which has a lot of good memories to all of us and a warm cup of coffee with delicious cake afterwards 🙂
    Love to make (short)) films but so much to learn… So Make Films please..

  • Courtney Wilson
    Posted at 21:23h, 11 February Reply

    Oh my gosh! My favorite part of the weekend was dancing like with my kids to super loud music 🙂 I’d love Make Films.

  • Imelda Houndonougbo
    Posted at 13:19h, 11 February Reply

    I would love to take your Make Films course! My favorite part of the weekend was seeing my best friend and discussing our dreams and goals for this year.

  • Andrea Jenkins
    Posted at 19:14h, 09 February Reply

    congrats, xanthe! you are such an inspiration!

  • Amanda Saoud Griffin
    Posted at 04:02h, 09 February Reply

    My favorite part of the weekend is drinking a cup of coffee slowly while I’m still in my pajamas! Such a different experience than grabbing a travel mug on my way out the door in the morning 🙂 I am such a huge fan of your films and your style. I loved the Instaguide class this summer and I want to take one of your film classes as soon as I can make the schedule work! I would love to win the Make Films class 🙂

  • hilary
    Posted at 21:21h, 08 February Reply

    My Favourite part of the weekend was taking the kids to softplay and seeing the kids go wild. Especially loved that the bottom shoves for my littlest are getting further between as he really gets his own freedom and confidence in his little bod. It’s a miracle being able to step back and watch how life is growing around you – much like you can in film!

  • Mony
    Posted at 18:39h, 08 February Reply

    This past weekend I finally was able to drive the for a short distance!!! I have been in boot since Nov 2015 with crutches, ( kick boxing injury and it my right foot ) I was so excited / nervous to drive that I forgot to tell my hubby to film it.

  • Molly Allen
    Posted at 16:53h, 08 February Reply

    This weekend we joined in to celebrate 50 years of marriage for a wonderful couple whom we admire! Best part of the weekend, seeing them still so happy together! I would have loved to have filmed this celebration, so I would choose the time capsules course.

  • Ruth Pigott
    Posted at 16:20h, 08 February Reply

    Best part of the weekend was buying my nearly teenage daughter her very first pair of heeled shoes!….she is still over the moon, they have been instagrammed continuously and she’s never been so helpful! I would be really interested in your make films course.

  • kathy hutton
    Posted at 14:00h, 08 February Reply

    Just watching your films and reading why you do them has given me so much inspirations And I’m wishing I’d captured more memories of my young family. Best part of this weekend was spending time just with my two eldest girls on a little workshop making treasures out of found things and sweetie wrappers – pure joy! I’d love to win a place on your time capsule course. Thanks for the opportunity Xanthe.

  • Emma Cavanagh
    Posted at 13:12h, 08 February Reply

    My favourite part of this weekend was celebrating with a well-earned drink among friends. I would love to do the make films course!

  • Claire Rowlands
    Posted at 12:15h, 08 February Reply

    The moment my heart started to beat a little faster this weekend was taking my debut loaf of homemade bread out of the oven. But I think the real highlight was spreading butter on the first warm slice and curling up on the sofa.

    I’d LOVE to complete the Make Films course.

  • amandasummons
    Posted at 11:40h, 08 February Reply

    I’d love to do the Make Films course! I commented on instagram the best part of my weekend was conquering my fear of boats and the second best thing was moving into my new apartment and buying adorable pillows!

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