When I was younger my father used to project his Super 8 cine films onto our living room wall as we excitedly wriggled in the dark, waiting for the flickering magic to begin. Later my grandfather would painstakingly cut video together to create mini films with classical soundtracks which we watched over and over.
Just as I followed their love of photography, I was fascinated by the story telling of film. The breath-holding excitement of seeing my father and his brothers ride a sledge or my great-granmother read the paper in the morning sun. These every day scenes of the life that came before me may not have been the most significant subjects; but they were nonetheless spectacular. Windows to a past and people no longer in the world.
In the last year I have been exploring the joy of making family films. Sewing together clips and photographs to tell a story. Seeing my own children hop up and down in anticipation of the latest premiere, eagerly begging to see our videos again and again, is something I can’t get enough of. These films are our time capsules, the messages we’re sending to the future, our part in the family story.
Since I shared the first few weeks of Betsy learning to eat last year more than five thousand people have tuned in to see her try her first solid foods. A little peek inside a special moment in her life.
Last week, after many promises and fruitless searching, Milla and Monty found a pedal bike at the carboot sale. One week on I turned their story into a video. Threading it through the premise for our latest Capturing Childhood course: Shooting Stories.
Shooting Stories is all about taking your clips, pictures and special moments and turning them into a story. Stories which capture the moment in time, snippets of your lives that tug at your heartstrings no matter how simple and every day. If you’d like to learn how to create your own movies by editing together film and stills then why not join us for six weeks of story telling? Registration opens today, Monday 30th July, at 2pm.