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The best films to look back on, are those sprinkled with little details, that when viewed altogether, create the bigger story of your life.

That’s why I LOVE the Day In The Life film.

In the MAKE FILMS course this week, the project is to create a Day In The Life film…

Last year, instead of one day of filming and creating a long DITL film, I started making daily mini Time Capsules to share on Instagram. A film every day for a week, full of everyday details and the little things that happened that were worth taking notice of and a few of the moments in between.

Have a look at previous weeks here – March 2016 & Sept 2015 & May 2015

I’m joining in with everyone on the current MAKE FILMS course… and loving it… especially when I can compare some of the details to this time last year.

Another round of MAKE FILMS starts next week (May 17th) and I know not everyone has the means to take part, so I’m hosting a giveaway for TWO places – one place by leaving a comment here on the blog & one place by leaving a comment on my Instagram feed – on the mini version of this film.

Let me know what little details you would like to capture in your Time Capsule film in the comments. I’ll announce the random winners on Monday here.

*Edited to add the winners – Rhadonda Sedgwick & @eliza_charlie_tilly

All the best!


All films shot on mostly Canon 5d3, with additional footage from iPhone 6s and Canon G7x



  • Ali Thom
    Posted at 19:43h, 16 May Reply

    I’d love to capture everyday things that pictures cant always get. Like the little trips to the park or downtown.

  • Elizabeth Lehman
    Posted at 11:54h, 16 May Reply

    i’ve loved making mini films with my iphone, but would really like to try using my DSLR. i’ve resisted bc i don’t have a mac for editing, but i love the effect so much, i think i’m willing to give it a try! we take a family trip to nicaragua in june… and as much as i love the little bits of daily life, i’d like to make mini movies of days on our trip, too!

  • My Little Wildlings
    Posted at 21:44h, 15 May Reply

    Your films inspire me. I picked up my camcorder just because of your instagram. If I could time capsule anything it would be those tiny monotonous moments of motherhood. The ones that we miss and glaze over because we are so tired, but the ones we will miss the most when they are grown and no longer need us in the same way. Tying shoe laces, braiding hair, chasing them to do the last button on their sleep suit or those little half smiles as they fall asleep after a good feed.

    Those moments. The ones we cherish a little too late x

  • Colleen Wilshire
    Posted at 18:08h, 15 May Reply

    this is such a stunning collection of films! i want to start doing this!!!

  • Lisa
    Posted at 15:39h, 15 May Reply

    I have been totally inspired by following your Instagram account. I love photography but would really like to focus more on making films. Capturing great light in film is my dream – I think it’s the make or break element of a great film – and you always capture awesome light, so I’d love to learn about that, and how you turn the ordinary into extraordinary. It’s the little things in life that should be captured and treasured and with a four-year-old daughter I’d love to document memories that I will treasure forever. Thanks for giving us all this opportunity!

  • Rhadonda Sedgwick
    Posted at 15:13h, 15 May Reply

    Well this course would be epic I know. I would love the challenge of looking for things to document. Some days I feel my life is just plain and mundane. But I know it is more than that and learning to see the every day as extra ordinary and special would certainly stretch me. I am always so inspired by the way you see your everyday. My husband makes little video clips a lot and I showed him yours. He thought they were awesome. Maybe he would do this course with me ( : Thank you so much for the opportunity!

  • Laura
    Posted at 10:09h, 15 May Reply

    I would love to do this course, both to keep memories and to add something a bit different to my CV. I tend to focus on the things that you see immediately but would love to learn how to focus on the smaller things in life. Time seems to go so fast these days, it would be nice to have a collection of moments that capture how it felt to live in London rather than what it looked like, something I might show future children. I’m also off to Costa Rica in June and it would be amazing to capture that in video.

  • Chris
    Posted at 10:09h, 15 May Reply

    My boys are growing so fast, one in college and one almost done with high school. This summer will be our last one where we’ll be able to have family time together for quite awhile. I so need to document it.

  • Laura
    Posted at 10:01h, 15 May Reply

    I’ve had this course on my wishlist for a while, just haven’t saved up enough yet. It would be so fun to take part both for my own memories and to add something a bit different to my CV!

  • Amanda Medrow Myers
    Posted at 21:17h, 14 May Reply

    I just found out about you and I would so love to take this course – it sounds like exactly what I need! I love your films, how authentic they are and I would love to learn from you. ~Amanda Myers of Crane Creek Photography ~

  • Erica Caligiuri
    Posted at 04:02h, 14 May Reply

    I adore how you use light and the senses, Xanthe. You work is inspiring as always. I’ve gotten out of the habit of making films lately and would love to get all the details of my son before he goes off to kindergarten in the fall.

  • My Two Mums
    Posted at 09:12h, 13 May Reply

    I love how bright and colourful your work desk is, surrounded with gorgeous balloons!

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