I’ve been quietly picking away at another daily photography-type project that started on January first of this year and has so far turned out to be marginally successful.
No, it’s not a photo-a-day project. It’s a video-a-day project.
This goes back a ways…
Actually, I started doing this randomly back in February 2012. Knowing we were off to Disneyland for a vacation later that month, and I — in possession of a new pocket camera that could record HD video — recorded the first of my “Five Seconds of [Insert Month Name Here]” videos. The result was a daily collection of completely random clips, strung together like disparate little pearls of action, and played to a bit of music (because most songs are just about the right length for something like that.)
Then I did another daily video film in June.
And I never shared them — except if you happened to come over to our house and find yourself subjected to watching our home movies — because the songs are what made them epic and awesome (as opposed to just silly) and the songs were copyrighted so… yeah, no Youtube. Just personal, non-distribution, in-house performance (nothing to see here… move along, move along.)
Then January Rolled Around
…I was feeling a bit creative.
And if you were reading my blog back then you know that I was pining for some kind of big photo project, something worthy of sinking my teeth into. And I had just acquired a new GoPro Hero camera, had a vacation looming on the horizon, was feeling a bit creative, and…
Well, long story short, I’ve been recording little clips of video every day. At least five seconds worth. In fact, I should say WE’VE been recording five seconds of video every day because Claire has done her fair share of the recording, truth be told.
And, well… we just haven’t stopped. And it’s almost the end of April. So… yeah, I’m thinking we might be in this for the whole year, and it’s about time I shared some details about the project.
….a video-a-day project is waaaaay different from a photo-a-day project.
Quite Different Than Photography
Your first clue is that Claire has been taking a bunch of the video. The thing is, a video-a-day project is waaaaay different from a photo-a-day project, and in more ways than just the output.
The photo-per-day had me feeling a lot more dedicated to being artistic and capturing a single, perfect moment from the day. While the video? Actually, it’s been almost exactly opposite. It’s almost as if I go out of my way to capture something mundane and a “this is life” moment, such as five seconds of Claire smearing pizza sauce on the pizza construction effort last night, or five seconds of us waiting for our food at a restaurant, or just five seconds of the dog giving me a glaring and dirty look from her bed after I scolder her for trying to steal some cheese from the counter.
And of course, I can’t share the videos, though needless to say the first three 2013 editions of my “Five Seconds of [Insert Month Name Here]” videos have been a rousing success and get lots of play time on our TV these days.