Wanted to drop in to talk about a little video series I’ve decided to start called…
“1 Minute Videos”…Yes! I upload videos to Instagram from time to time and, as of now, the video time allowed is only one minute in length. To be honest, I think one minute is the perfect amount of time to get a glimpse of, well, anything really. Maybe it’s my millennial lack of an attention span (I’m half joking), but a minute is such a sweet spot for a short “movie.” To kick off this venture, I present to you (part) of my month in June. Snippets include a trip to La Jolla with my mom, which is at this point a yearly tradition, road trip/camping footage when we went to Yosemite for G’s third ever triathlon, and my first taste of what a Red Bull strawberry slushie tastes like (heaven, btw). I didn’t film stuff for my birthday, which was really awesome and I’ll talk about separately and instead chose to document that in pictures. Anyway, maybe you’ll get inspired to try this out, too?
**Everything was filmed using my Samsung Galaxy S7 and edited using Sony Vegas Pro.
**Music is “Feel It Still” by Portugal. The Man.
As part of my New Year’s resolutions for 2016, I set out to record one second of every day. I definitely wasn’t able to do so, but looking back at the nearly two minutes of 2016 I did capture has inspired me to keep doing this project in following years. I think it’s such a great way to do memory-keeping. I experienced so much in 2016, including personal loss, personal growth, traveling to South Korea for the first time in my life, and progressing in my education. Of course not all that is shown. In fact, a lot of the footage may seem boring. However, I remember each day in detail from a simple snippet. Whereas the photos I take are more thought out and deliberate, these clips give a greater sense of how my life was in 2016 and that’s why I love this project so much.
I chose to add music to my video, although it’s been argued to not do that in order to preserve what is truly happening in the clips. I totally agree and kept a copy of the original without music for my own safe keeping. For some reason, it’s a lot more personal than I thought I’d like to share. Plus I did want to make a video that had music in it, too. So there’s that.
My thought on next year’s project is to film at least one clip each week. You can see in my 2016 video that I tried filming every day and eventually started filming sporadically. Filming every day started to become more of a chore than fun, which is why I’ve decided to focus on once a week. The good thing is that I did manage to film a clip for each month of 2016, which is great. One thing I regret is editing in Sony Vegas Pro instead of iMovie. The quality would look so much better in iMovie because I still have no clue what I’m doing in Sony Vegas. I’m simply too lazy to edit it on my Mac after doing it on my PC though. Ah, well.
I highly recommend this project to anyone who likes memory-keeping. It is so easy to do and so powerful to look back on your year in moving pictures.
Without further ado…
1 Second Everyday | 2016 from Grace G. on Vimeo.
**Everything was filmed using my Samsung Galaxy S7. I edited it in Sony Vegas Pro 13 but had issues with it whitening the clips which are why they look a bit washed out at times. It’s a learning process.
**Music is “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” by Tame Impala.