One Second Everyday Project 2014
New year, new blog post. Not really one for the whole ‘New Year, New Me’ facade, but… along with my New Year’s resolution to write more on my blog this year, I also set a resolution to do more personal, creative projects – entirely for me. So, at the start of 2017 I began a pretty hefty task that I’ve been meaning to start for the past 3 years. Editing my ‘videos of the day’ from 2014.
Yep, that’s right, back in 2014 I set out a challenge to take one video every single day for the entire year, with the intention of editing the clips down to a second each and stitching them together. I wanted the clips to be a real, genuine reflection of whatever I was doing that day. . . whether that was slobbing out in front of the telly with a pizza or prancing around a field full of weird and wonderful hippies at Glastonbury Festival. I think in that way it makes it the most ‘real’ form of social media documentation.
Here it is! I’m sure if you don’t feature in it it’ll be of very little interest to you, but maybe it’ll encourage you to create your own 🙂
The idea was actually inspired by my brother, who was inspired by a Ted talk he watched – the speaker of which has gone on to develop an app that creates the second-a-day video diary for you. You can read more about it and watch the Ted talk here: 1se.co. This probably would have made my life a whole lot easier when it came to the mammoth task of editing 365 videos manually (hence the 3 year delay), however I actually really enjoyed looking back through all of the clips at full length and choosing which one second snippets to use, which I did so using iMovie. I think The New York Times’ review on the app’s web page describes the motive perfectly, and better than I can:
“There is no shortage of ways to document our lives online, but few inspire personal reflection so viscerally.
You could scroll through an Instagram feed, but many of us are likely to see more of a fantasy highlights reel. A year’s worth of Facebook and Twitter posts can tend to reflect the news stories and memes of a moment more than your actual experiences. Snapchat is mostly impermanent.”
And most importantly, I’m not really doing it for anyone else. This is a project for my own memory and reflection – a real narrative that isn’t in any way altered, filtered or fabricated for a social media performance. That said, I did share the video on Facebook, principally for the attention of my friends and family who starred in the clips and spent the subsequent 3 years asking me when I was going to get round to editing them. Plus at the time, it was nice how involved everyone became, often asking about my ‘video of the day’ and reminding me to film them.
Without trying to sound overly smushy and sentimental, it really was so lovely looking back on all of the memories and filled me with a wonderful sense of nostalgia. A lot can change in 3 years and it’s good to reminisce – even about the small, stupid conversations you had with former housemates or colleagues. It’s a snapshot of a whole year of my life and I’m looking forward to looking back (an interesting paradox) on it in years to come. I’d definitely recommend it to any one, whether you use the app or good old manual iMovie. Editing my video over the past week has re-inspired me to take up the challenge again this year, only this time with a better quality phone camera (R.I.P iPhone 4) and an aim to take more aesthetically-pleasing, landscape videos – mainly because I can’t take my brother berating me any more about how much everyone hates portrait video.
Being ever the cynic, it actually makes you feel more positive too – amongst the annual plethora of ‘worst year ever’ memes and statuses, it kind of puts things into perspective and makes you look back and think “actually, I had a pretty good year”. Even if it did consist of copious slobbing out in front of the telly with a pizza.