Holidays are great for catching up: my March 5-second video is officially in the can.
Day 5 of the “Every Day Video Project 2015” and so far so good! Y’know… like video. Every day.
We have this little family meme thing going on. Occasionally I’ll do a 5-second-video month. I’ll record a bit of video every day, at least five seconds, and then string them together into the 30ish days of the month, consecutive, with a date on the bottom of each, and set them to music. Karin loves them, and they result in these kinda slice-of-life type albums of video clips that get a lot of play on our tv on quiet nights. You may recall that in 2013 I did a video-a-day project, where I did 365 5-second videos, made 12 (monthly) movies, and one epic 7-minute-long one-second-per-day video summarizing the whole year. It was a ton of work, and I needed a break. But I’ve been repeating the 5-second project for the summer, and as of a couple days ago finished off the third month and (with the advent of September) started work on the fourth. I’m going to take another break for the fall, but I’m thinking I might repeat the 365 thing again come 2015. The result was pretty awesome and though it was a lot of work, worth the effort.
What posts in June? Oh, thooooose thirty posts in June… again. It seems that for the fourth year in a row I’ve climbed aboard the daily blogging train and continued that monumental, multi-year writing effort to string a topic or idea across the vast reaches of years. Each day a new post on a new topic, but on the same blog-per-day topic as last year, creating another set of Those 30 Posts in June. Today, that post just happens to be:
June 18th // Something You Are Ignoring
It is an exceptional morning, that way. It’s shortly after five in the morning when I started writing this and I’m sitting in the basement with the dog who had a minor freak-out over the carbon monoxide low-battery alarm. I’m compiling some home video clips for a new project while I wait for her to relax.
I’m so behind.
In 2013 –and it helped that I was catching video literally every day of the year– I compiled no less than 58 family movies. What does a family movie consist of, you ask? One of my home movies may consist of any number of things: a few minutes up to (in rare cases) a half an hour of footage, some music, and some snazzy, slick –and time consuming– editing. Most of our home movies are about three to four minutes long, set to a single song we happen to like at the time, and so watchable that we frequently do a home movie afternoon and view a dozen or so in a sitting.
In 2014, I’ve compiled to date four videos. Four.
I’ve got no really good excuse, either. I’ve got the footage for at least five times that many. Were I to turn off the TV in the evening a little more frequently I have lots of free time these days. I just… am ignoring it for whatever reason… except at five in the morning when the dog wakes me up.
More later, but as it seems to make my wife so happy, I’m going to take on the 5-second video-a-day project again for the summer months: June, July, August, September…
Waking up at four in the morning does have it’s advantages. Did I happen to mention that I’d been gathering little bits of video every day for the past year? No really… it was call our “5 Second Project” and Claire was superbly cooperative in helping me film at least five seconds of HD footage every day of 2013. And we did it. All done. I have in my possession three-hundred and sixty-five uniformly curated clips spanning January 1st through December 31st of 2013. And now with all these early mornings I’ve been able to actually spend some time and edit them into something useful. As of today, all twelve monthly films are complete and on our server, and I’m about halfway through the final one: a year-long montage of 365 x 1 second clips spanning the whole of the year. See… getting up early is useful.
I wrote about this a while back, but we’ve been recording (at least) five seconds of video every day of 2013. Each month I’ve been compiling a “5 Seconds of _______ (insert month)” video that rolls and cuts an often very random summary of that month, set to music, and not-sloppily produced either… if I say so myself. To boot, we haven’t missed a single day. The really good news: as of today we have less than 50 days to go in this massive effort. I, for one, will be both a little sad and a lot happy when it’s done; It’s been a lot of work, but a lot more fun.