Late last December I set a goal to document our year though one second a day videos. I planned to use the app 1 Second Everyday. I have shared some of the clips, thoughts and tips about this project (here and here) but since it’s been a FULL YEAR, I wanted to recap.
Above is our year! In 366 seconds. Just over six minutes and it’s everything to me.
I plan to continue in 2017 and beyond and want to share a few thoughts below.
As the project went on, I got way less intense. In the beginning I was like an art director. I thought of video clips I wanted to get and obsessed over exactly the second that went into the film. By the end, I just updated the app with video clips every week or so and called it good.
I cheated. I didn’t have a clip every single day. And so when I didn’t have one, I just stuck in another video from a similar day. (July 31st might actually have been recorded July 29th, for example.) Somedays I would record three things. It was easy to move them around as long as the general time frame worked. I have no regrets about this.
Yes, I know it's a lot of the girls. Right now, it’s often easier to film the girls than it is to film myself or Paul. That’s okay. It’s the season we are in. However, I don’t think you need kids to make this project fun. In fact, I desperately wish I had been documenting this way for the past decade. My 20s, early marriage and pre-kiddo years were wonderful and in some ways, very difficult to remember. I would love to have recorded snippets like this. Just like ten years from now, I will LOVE to have these moments of the girls.
Technical stuff: Yes, it takes up a lot of storage on your phone. But you can delete videos after they have been added. I think I have a 64g iPhone and for me, this app was a priority over everything. I use the google photos app to back up all my photos and don’t store a lot of music so it worked. I bought a new phone around June. Before switching out I saved my video and then combined Jan-June and June-Dec together using iMovie. I added the music in iMovie as well. I tried to export and save the video to my computer every month so if I were to lose my phone I wouldn’t lose the whole thing.
Highly recommend this project. It doesn’t have to be complicated (don’t let it get complicated!) but it WILL be amazing.