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Creating Mini Time Capsule films to share on my Instagram feed, began in February this year.

Previously, I’d been sharing video clips on Instagram of slow mo walking and time lapse fun. But I wanted a way of sharing the kinda films I’d been making of my family and maybe encourage people taking my courses to join in.

It all started as I gathered some footage for a Random Happenings film, but I wasn’t that happy with all the footage. But there were a few clips I liked. So I experimented with putting together a 15 sec mini film of my favourite clips. Surprisingly I really liked it, as you could actually tell a story in that short amount of time.

Also, I realised this kinda film was quicker to shoot and edit… but still contained all of the feelings to transport me back to that time.

I was in love!

So the #MiniMondayMovies hashtag was born.

The idea was simple – Gather snippets of footage over the weekend… Clips that represent the things I/we did. Then string together between 5 to 8 clips into a 15 second film. Voila!

I usually edit it on a Sunday evening when I’d possibly be just slumped on the sofa… it doesn’t take long if I already have the music chosen.

So I now have nearly a years worth of weekend films saved to look back on. Which makes me really happy…

Rather wonderfully, through my #minimondaymovies hashtag other brilliant people have been joining in. So many interesting lives all around the world.

If you’re inspired to make your own mini weekend films, it will be one of the projects we’ll be making during my MAKE FILMS course. The course starts in January… Maybe you’d like to join in? or enter the giveaway above…

Happy Monday.


How about a giveaway? Two places to take part in MAKE FILMS… One person 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… I’ll announce the random winners to join MAKE FILMS next Monday 21st…

  • Goda
    Posted at 05:44h, 21 December Reply

    My favorite part of the weekend was feeding my baby sweet potatoes for the first time – messy, adorable, a first..

  • Annie
    Posted at 13:25h, 17 December Reply

    My favourite part of the weekend was coming home after a long walk, lighting a log fire, chatting and sipping tea with a dear friend who I had not seen for a while 🙂

  • Naomi
    Posted at 22:38h, 16 December Reply

    I think #minimondaymovies is such a brilliant concept, especially as it makes the whole process seem much more doable whereas the task of creating a longer time capsule film can sometimes feel a little intimidating…
    My favourite part of my weekend was spending time with my dad, especially since I hadn’t seen him in over a year. 🙂

  • Natalia Dotto
    Posted at 18:50h, 16 December Reply

    My most favorite part of the weekend will be this coming weekend, when our 18 year old comes home from her first semester at college. She has been almost 3000 miles away since August so the excitement in the household is palpable. Her little brother can’t wait. Lots of photos and videos will be made.

  • Cassandra
    Posted at 23:25h, 15 December Reply

    Loved all these videos! I love every weekend cause it’s the only time I get to see my other half 🙂

  • Natalie Bowers
    Posted at 15:42h, 15 December Reply

    Your #minimondaymovies are so inspiring! My favorite part of my weekend was having dinner and just relaxing with my in-laws from out of town. Doesn’t happen that often but so good when it does! Kind regards, Natalie

  • Amy L
    Posted at 15:28h, 15 December Reply

    Love this! My favorite part of the weekend was a lazy Saturday morning watching my big kids play with the baby. They love her so much! I want to be better about capturing that love. It’s magic! <3

  • Stacey Elisabeth Potter
    Posted at 14:13h, 15 December Reply
    My 10 year old son and I made this yeasterday. It is of our favorite part of the weekend- making a gingerbread house. It’s not good, but it taught us so much about the video function on the dslr, the importance of having an idea in our heads BEFORE filming, the flow of sequences, etc… And it was good practice with the movie editing software. We both really want to take your class! We want to be able to do something so much better and there are not a ton of resources out there, and none with your style and light 🙂

  • Alexandra Pitchford
    Posted at 10:51h, 15 December Reply

    My favourite part of the weekend was wandering around the village with our two little dogs… I have photographed the village so many times before but I set myself the challenge of trying capture something new in a creative way, taking the time to actually look not just glance. x

  • Emma Brain
    Posted at 06:39h, 15 December Reply

    Hi Xanthe, I’d love to win a place on your course! My favourite part of the weekend was sat on the floor in my lounge with friends drinking tea and watching our favourite Christmas films in a cosy nest of cushions and blankets – Sunday afternoon perfection!

  • Marian Needham
    Posted at 23:05h, 14 December Reply

    What an impact your collection of mini capsules has when collated over a year! Very inspiring Xanthe.
    I loved tucking in to a (well deserved!) mahuusive Sunday evening roast, in front of a roaring open fire after a long day of house DIY work!! Best feeling ever! 🙂

  • Krista
    Posted at 20:35h, 14 December Reply

    My favorite part of the weekend was playing with my two boys at an indoor playground. It was a rainy cold day and we filled it with giggles and smiles 🙂

  • Mony
    Posted at 20:24h, 14 December Reply

    Hello Xanthe: The Favorite part of my weekend was when all of my boys came home from college for Christmas Break 🙂

  • Katiusca Polanco-Guzman
    Posted at 20:10h, 14 December Reply

    Hi Xanthe! My favorite part of the weekend was watching my kids look in awe and amazement at the holiday lights in NYC. It really made me feel the joy of this season.

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