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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.

  • Michelle
    Posted at 07:50h, 07 November Reply

    Oh how lovely!!! I just came to your website to say I loved your photo in the Chorus 🙂 And I saw this, it’s SO gorgeous. Funny the last couple of weeks I’ve been thinking about filming the girls in a similar way…just asking them some simple questions. I too am worried the footage will sit on the hard drive for ages…but you’ve inspired me. They will grow up and change so soon I need to get on with it! Hope you’re well xx

    • Michelle
      Posted at 07:51h, 07 November Reply

      By the way this is Michelle Sokolich from Memento – and Rosa’s friend from NZ 🙂

  • Bonnie
    Posted at 12:36h, 06 November Reply

    I would ask my kids what makes them happy and I can expect very different answers from my son and my daughter.

  • Trisha Inglis
    Posted at 05:56h, 06 November Reply

    “If you could work hard at making one dream become your reality.. What dream would that be?”

  • Johanna
    Posted at 02:35h, 06 November Reply

    Oy, I have four little boys, ages 8,6,5, and 3. There are endless questions I could ask them with many adorable answers to be heard. I can envision a video with clips of them talking about each other. I would ask them to tell me about their brothers. Life is so busy, but I do need to make time for things like this. I know it will be time well spent.

  • Rana Rankin
    Posted at 23:53h, 05 November Reply

    Oh how I would love this, I have just started shooting video in my shoots and while I need a lot of practice still, I am loving the new dimension. This is drawn on my birthday so to go with that theme, I would ask my kids, what is the greatest thing someone could do for you on your birthday and what is the greatest thing you could do for someone else on your birthday 🙂 Thank you!

  • Dani McCreery
    Posted at 23:00h, 05 November Reply

    Xanthe! This is exactly what I’ve been looking for…I can’t wait to sign up & do this project….something long overdue! I would love to ask my 3 boys “what is the most important thing to them in their life right now” Thankyou!!

  • justine gordon
    Posted at 10:14h, 05 November Reply

    Oops just realised I didn’t read the question properly, sorry

  • justine gordon
    Posted at 10:12h, 05 November Reply

    Oh pick me! I love watching your films, life has changed so much since I last did your course, tough times for us here in Sydney but maybe filming it would be a way to get through it and out the other side. X

  • Jeanine Stewart
    Posted at 07:34h, 05 November Reply

    omg! xanthe, i love this. i love, love, love this. you are brilliant xoxo

  • Valeria Sereia
    Posted at 03:42h, 05 November Reply

    Well, not sure what to say but I did enroll for your last workshop but unfortunatelly could not follow it.
    I have a lot to register as daily life, since I adopted a 13 yr old girl from Colombia. When I decided to buy the workshop I had so many plans..I was happy..I wanted to be inspired…but then life happened. My dreams were crushed..my heart was crushed and all my inspiration was there too….So I need a second chance. One Nov13th will be one year that my life changed forever and I am ready to start over with positive attitude and sweeter dreams.

  • Robyn Geering
    Posted at 02:16h, 05 November Reply

    Hey lovely, I would totally love to do this. My big girl is about to turn 15 sniff sniff, so I really only have 3 more years to get my act together before she leaves home. Good grief, did I just say that. So I just love asking my kids questions like “What do you want to be when you grow up” or “what do you love about your friends and family”, I just love to find out what makes them tick, what they love to do and why.

  • Gabriela Bout
    Posted at 01:33h, 05 November Reply

    I don’t think I have any particular questions in mind, I would love to capture them chatting away about their day, these moments are slipping away as my kids get older, I would for our family to interview each other to remember who we are now and how we interact together…

  • Rose's Daughter
    Posted at 00:48h, 05 November Reply

    I want to take this clas so bad!! I would ask my toddler what is his favorite thing to do. It’s something I keep meaning to ask him, because I know at age almost 4, he has an answer for me. And He’ll really think about it, because that’s the kind of toddler he is!

  • Sophie Mitchell
    Posted at 22:35h, 04 November Reply

    Loving your work……. I’ve got two toddlers, 17 months apart, both boys, and I always ask the one that talks what his first memory is? It changes every time…. It’s a great question. The other one is the either/or game (pick either football or rugby, kisses or giggles, playing or chocolate, etc…) Soph x

  • Andrea Golden
    Posted at 21:50h, 04 November Reply

    Xanthe, I love this idea so much! I wish I would have begun this years ago when my children were younger. They are only 12 and 8 now, but that is too many years to miss! Now I would ask them about their passions — music, horses, the great outdoors. I’d love to catch the light in their eyes when they are talking about the things that they love the most.

  • Laura Yurs
    Posted at 19:45h, 04 November Reply

    Oooooohh!! I’ve been longing to take your class! Perhaps this is my chance! : ) If I were to look back on these film conversations in a few years, I think I’d want to be reminded of things we’re doing now…and how they feel about them. What was your favorite flavor of ice cream we made this summer? Where was your favorite family bike ride? Sunflowers or morning glories? Smores’….slightly toasted marshmallow or nearly burnt?

  • Martina Noskova
    Posted at 19:39h, 04 November Reply

    Xanthe, this really is beautiful… and I would like to learn to capture this magic of everyday from you. I´ll tell you a little family story: I´ve recently found a card I made for my sister for her 20th birthday (she´s 32 now). Some weeks before that birthday I asked her what her ideal boyfriend would be like, and took notes. Then I wrote it into the card as a wish for her – that she finds a man like that. I believe that when she comes for visit and sees the card again (she lives abroad), she will be laughing, and she will be moved.
    So I would ask about wishes and see what wishes my family and friends (and I!) had during years… and I would also ask about the happiest moments of the day or the week… these are things that pass so unbelievably quickly in our memory, and yet are precisely the essence of happiness in our lives. That is what I would ask. In fact, that´s what I´ll do tomorrow with two very close friends – just been inspired:) Thank you:)

  • Dawn Shiree
    Posted at 19:03h, 04 November Reply

    I have had your class on my bucket list for so long and hope to take it very soon… thanks so much for the chance to win a seat! My dd is a little storyteller herself so I think it would be sweet to capture some of that on film… maybe ask her to recollect some of her favorite things we’ve eaten, seen and experienced during through her own perspective. <3

  • Mari Gildea
    Posted at 18:01h, 04 November Reply

    I LOVE your videos! You have such a neat perspective in your images. If I were to do “Conversations” I’d ask my subjects what they were doing last year, how they feel about it today, and is what they’re doing today what they thought they would be doing. Maybe also ask what would they do to make life more fun.

  • Lola Colberg
    Posted at 17:49h, 04 November Reply

    I would love to be part of this and make some time capsules of my family right now. My little ones are growing so fast and I just want to freeze time for a bit.

  • Jen Everitt
    Posted at 17:15h, 04 November Reply

    Hi Xanthe, I recently spent 3 weeks with my Dad touring the British Isles … while we had a great relationship prior … our bond now is entirely on a new level. He is 71 and I am 42 and we saw one another as “real human beings” … I loved asking him profound questions and simple questions. One of my favorites is “describe yourself in 5 words?”, “what is your favorite childhood memory”, “what would you do if you could do anything”.

    Thank you for the opportunity.

    Love, Jen xx

  • Pippa Myers-Wilcox
    Posted at 17:04h, 04 November Reply

    I just wanted to say that I’m currently on an earlier intake of Xanthe’s Time Capsules course and it is a complete and utter delight. I can’t recommend it highly enough. My only regret is that my current workload is preventing me from immersing myself in this course as much as I would like. But there is no pressure from Xanthe – she makes her lessons and materials available for an extended period of time and I can’t wait to get stuck into my next time capsule course project once time allows. Do sign up – you will be so glad you did! Xanthe prices this course really generously as it is, but if you are able to win a place then all your Xmases and birthdays really will have come at once! Enjoy!

  • Shari Barnes
    Posted at 16:57h, 04 November Reply

    This is wonderful! Thanks for the inspiration and motivation to capture more on video!

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