MAKE A SUMMER SCENES VIDEO - xanthe berkeley
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The summer is my favourite time of year and deserves to be celebrated by creating a video or two!.

Imagine capturing little memories from this summer and locking them away into a video to look back on, in the cold months or in years to come. Watching it will instantly transport you back to those moments and the feelings of sunshine and adventures will wash over you.

Whether it’s a compilation of various moments throughout the season or a specific story of something you did during the summer. Your video will be full of light and smiles.

If you’re planning to do a compilation, then it’s good to shoot little and often throughout the summer. With the aim to edit at the end of the summer. Or if you know you’re doing something special in the summer months, like a day trip, holiday or a picnic or time with the family, then make time to shoot snippets during the experience.

If you’d like some inspiration… here are some videos I’ve made over the years.

You could create a summer compilation.

This is where you set the intention to make a video of your summer. You can gather lots of short video clips from every occasion, event or activity you do, with a view to compiling all those memories together into a collection of scenes to celebrate your summer.

I create one of these most years and I love the feelings that wash over me while I create the film and when I watch it back. I also love comparing previous years films to current ones and seeing the differences and similarities each year.

You could create a short summer story.

This could be a spontaneous occasion or planned activity, where you have more footage than you would probably use in your summer compilation, so it would be great as a standalone video.

Here are some examples – An evening crabbing on the dock…

That time we went fishing…

Or having a picnic or two…

Or taking a sunset boat trip…. (what I wouldn’t give to be back on this boat enjoying golden hour!)

Your summer story could be edited in the order it happened, following a linear path and show the scenes in the order they happened. Or you could montage your snippets of video. Think of it as a collage… Lots of layers put next to each other to tell the whole story.

Another kind of compilation is a “Memory Postcards” film, which is quick and easy to edit together as you’re only including one second clips to spark memories of that time.

I named this type of film “Memory Postcards” because each one second clip felt like a snapshot of that particular moment in time, almost like sending a postcard to my brain to tigger a memory.

Memory Postcard films are firm favourites of mine, they might not contain the best bits of footage, but they are packed with little memories that might be forgotten. 

Or you could try a 30 day project.

If making a video of the whole summer feels too daunting, think about perhaps doing a 30 day compilation video instead. Gathering a handful of snippets a video, each day, over the month will create a wonderful memory.

Whatever you decide to make, just remember your video doesn’t have to be perfect. It’s all about evoking the FEELINGS OF SUMMER. That’s why I started making Time Capsule films all those years ago… each clip, each video can transport me back to that moment, memory and feeling.


JUST START – I say this to participants of my online courses all the time. Don’t worry if you haven’t shot anything yet. Start TODAY or if you do have random video clips on your phone or camera from the summer so far – that’s great. Just jump in and get creating. Here are some more tips to get started with video.

SHOOT – Gather a wide variety of shots and compositions, to make it visually interesting to watch. Remember to not just look for the “beautiful” pieces of footage… find memories and moments that make you FEEL something.

PREPARE – Once you’re ready to start editing. Take time to go through the clips you’ve got… this can be time consuming, but worth dedicating a block of time to search out everything you’d like to include in your video. Create a folder on your computer or phone, so it’s easy to bring them into your editing program.

MUSIC – Once I’ve sorted through my footage, I like to chose the music before I start editing, so I’ve got a rhythm to edit to. My favourite places to find music are HERE.

Find music that evokes a feeling… Could it be slow and mellow? Maybe sentimental? or would something fast with a strong beat work well. Your music can set the pace for your edit and the sentiment for your film, adding an extra layer of emotion. This post might inspire you when choosing music.

THE EDIT – Once you’ve gathered all the footage, jump into editing… My favourite phone apps for editing are HERE or on desktop HERE.

Don’t over think the sequence of clips… Follow your instinct and let the clips flow into each other.

CONSIDER INCLUDING AUDIO FROM YOUR CLIPS – The snippets of the sound captured in your video clips can add another layer of emotion. So think about leaving the volume up on some clips. Beware of background noises or the wind when outside, these can disturb the main source of audio.

DON’T FORGET TO PUT YOURSELF IN YOUR VIDEO – Even if you’ve just got shots from arms length “selfie” style, that’s enough. Be part of your story.

AND FINALLY… Have fun with it. It doesn’t have to be the perfect video with perfect footage. The main aim is to evoke feelings of this summer and give you something to look back on.


If you’d like more guidance to start making your own videos… My online courses are available to join as self paced versions during August. I share everything you need to get started and inspiration to take you through the whole process and find the love of making videos!

You can find more FAQs here.

  • Diane Schuller
    Posted at 20:10h, 24 September Reply

    I just came across this and have one question. When I photograph, I always print my photos rather than leave them on the computer. How are you saving all your videos so they don’t eventually ‘disappear’? I quit making mini videos because I had no way of saving them.

    • xanthe
      Posted at 16:34h, 04 October Reply

      I save the finished video on an external hard drive and I also upload to Vimeo, where I can watch and download if I ever need the file.

      Hope that helps!

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