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This time last year I made this film… it’s one of my favourite Time Capsule films I’ve ever made.

It was totally spontaneous… woke up on that Saturday and decided to film the day. The weather was gorgeous… so that helped… and it was the start of my love affair with slow motion sequences in my films.

And of course… all my boys are in it.

I adored the film at the time… but I love it even more now. A year later. It’s such a good representation of the end of 2014. When I watch it… I FEEL everything.

I’ve been putting together a blog post, with some films I made in 2015… this will mark the end of the A Year of Creating Time Capsules – 2015 course, but I wanted to highlight this film… because it was the first film I shared when the course began.

Every month or so, as part of the course, I would share my editing process and thoughts behind the film I’d been creating.

Would you like to see behind the scenes, in iMovie, of the film above?

It gives a flavour of why and how I edited this film. People taking the course loved watching these, it’s great to see how other people approach creating a project and understanding why they use certain clips of footage and where.

If you enjoyed getting a peek into my process and would like to spend 2016 creating your own films…

A Year of Creating Time Capsules 2016 begins on 16th December – with registration open till the end of January for those wanting to start at the beginning of the year.

I share how you can capture your moments, edit them together to keep them forever… There will be all the materials from my original Time Capsule film course, plus monthly encouragement to create regularly, more behind the scenes tutorials and a community all sharing their films. We can make more films together… inspiring each other along the way.

I know not everyone has the means to take part, so I’m launching 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 (this film)…

Let me know what you would like to capture in a Time Capsule film next year.

I will announce the random winners on Fri 11th Dec – All the best!


For more details about my courses running in 2016 – Check out this blog post or head over HERE.




  • Amanda Saoud Griffin
    Posted at 19:23h, 10 December Reply

    I would love to be a part of this! So many interesting and beautiful things I’d like to capture in the next year 🙂

  • Denise Balyoz
    Posted at 13:12h, 09 December Reply

    ohhh….wow….would LOVE, love, love to join this course and learn from you Xanthe. I’ve wanted to do this for a few years now. Lots happening and shifting at the moment and I can only hope that 2016 is the culmination of effort with lots of positive results, health for my daughter and buckets of love all around. 🙂 Wishing you & your family a wonderful Christmas. x

  • Constanca
    Posted at 07:55h, 08 December Reply

    I love your film! I’d like to capture my life as an expat in rural New Zealand, my two little boys, my garden, my sewing projects… you know, the present. Happy new year to you!

  • Mel
    Posted at 05:32h, 08 December Reply

    Dear Xanthe, I am currently at my ‘day-job’ reading and watching this post, where I am trying to contain myself and not freak out, because it has made my heart beat faster. 🙂 Creating little films sounds like bliss. I feel like my life has been on hold the past 5 years, waiting to come out of post-cancer-diagnosis treatment and medication which all ended last weekend. Hoorah! I have big plans for 2016, but spending time each month to capture precious moments (and even the dull ones are precious) sounds like the perfect way to appreciate it all. x

  • Pippa Purnell
    Posted at 20:39h, 07 December Reply

    To understand the secrets of a good camera angle, how to enhance it with good editing and awesome music. To document my teenage sons burgeoning drumming career and music life in and around Oxford……

  • Sara (kanpai)
    Posted at 20:14h, 06 December Reply

    Yay Xanthe! Thanks a lot! I would try to register our daily life, just the normal stuff. With a small toddler growing at the speed of light I know this wonderful exhausting time will pass by so quickly…

  • alpower
    Posted at 18:38h, 06 December Reply

    Having just moved to live by the sea and having a new job in Brighton, I’d love to explore making short films, taking the photos I already take and start learning how to shoot film as well. I think this might give me a focus to start thinking about what I shoot and capturing those day to day moments!

  • anitas
    Posted at 15:17h, 04 December Reply

    I would love to be able to participate!

  • Charity Stauffer
    Posted at 02:16h, 04 December Reply

    Loved the behind the scene video. It’s so interesting to hear your thought process! I really want to capture my kids next year so that they have nice video to along with all the pictures I take 🙂

  • Naomi
    Posted at 00:36h, 04 December Reply

    Oh, this is such a nice one! I really like the atmosphere, and I’m definitely a fan of the slow motion! 🙂 I took your Creating Time Capsules course in 2014 and really enjoyed it. However, when I’m on my own, I find it very hard to make time to actually sit down and edit my footage, and if I do, I often end up fussing endlessly over technical imperfections (blurriness etc.) and never getting anything finished. I would really like to get back into it though and it’s one of my goals for the new year, especially as 2016 is going to be such a busy and exciting one for me – plans so far include a three months stay in Namibia as well as moving back to Berlin (which means saying goodbye to my current life). Lots of things I’d like to capture and turn into little time capsules…

  • Kasia Zmijewska
    Posted at 23:00h, 03 December Reply

    Love this movie!
    There will be a big change in our family life next year with my younger daughter starting school and me having to go back to work and I really want to be able to capture as much of it as possible, as challenging as it will be.

  • Yan Liu
    Posted at 22:38h, 03 December Reply

    Wow, this is awesome! Always love your work!

  • Jackie Cuervo
    Posted at 18:24h, 03 December Reply

    Thanks for sharing your behind the scene. I’m loving the class and winning a seat to continue in the new year would be awesome. Thanks!

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