A few weeks ago I watched the film Chef, which is a brilliant movie in all sorts of ways and particularly good to watch if you are interested in social media or food (and I’m interested in both!) The short version of the plot is Jon Favreau is a disenchanted chef driving a food truck from Miami to Los Angeles with his pre-teen son and creating a social media buzz as he does so. One of the many things the son does is post One Second Every Day films on various social media channels. I’d never come across them before, but I immediately went on to youtube and loved what I found.
One Second Everyday is like the 365 project but better. It allows you to capture moments from your life in more depth without feeling that each capture has to be beautiful. One second doesn’t sound a lot, but it’s enough. I started filming the morning after I watched Chef and I haven’t stopped since. My mini-film of half of November and all of December is just 54 seconds long and I love what I have so far. A whole year’s worth will only be six minutes in total which I think will be a pretty cool thing to watch next New Years Eve.
So if you are looking for a new creative project for 2015, why don’t you join me and film your life? If you are thinking of starting vlogging, it’s a great way to dip your toe in the water without having to do anything too complicated. There’s even an app which you can download which stitches the snippets of film together for you in the right order. Yes I know it would have been rather helpful of me to have published this a couple of days ago so you could join me from the start of the year (oops!) but really you can leap in anywhere, it doesn’t matter.
A few tips from what I’ve learned so far…
* Try and record something early in the day. You can always use a different clip if you record something better
* Record things with movement in them. The shots that worked least well for me were the ones with nothing happening in them
* Record about 5 seconds to give yourself a choice of cut to use
* Get over your fear of recording in public, no one bats an eyelid if you are using a mobile to film.
I’ll be sharing my month long 1SE films every month, if you decide to join in please let me know!