A New Year, a New Challenge

// Now, I’m certainly not the type of person to wait till the first of January to start something new or start changing things, but in this case it was pretty much a necessity. Why? Because it’s all about one year. 365 days. I’ve decided to do the 365 day film challenge.

Basically, I’ll force myself to film one second every day. Now, this is not a new thing – actually, it’s been done thousands of times before, by people all over the world. But I still think it’s going to be cool to do my own. I want to do this, so I will.

The reason for this is that I want to grow as a filmmaker and storyteller and I think trying new, unknown things is by far the best way to do that. Getting out of my comfort zone will force me to find new ways to work and new ways to be creative. It will help develop my skills, maybe even change my style as a whole.  Who knows?

One thing I do know: it can’t be a bad thing, because I’ll learn something anyway, whatever happens.

Project guidelines:

  1. Film 1 second every day. No excuses.
  2. Focus on people, not objects.
  3. Edit it as a story.

I’m not going to put too much pressure on myself in terms of rules, but I do have a few guidelines. The subject of a shot can be anything; an object, something in my personal life, something or someone I come across, whatever. I will however try to focus on people, not objects. The reason for this is that I think people are way more interesting, and also because it’s an area where I want to focus on more in my future work.

Finally, of course, I have to edit all the shots into a video at the end of the year. Some filmmakers (like James Bernal) have simply put all their shots in chronological order, others have shot with a continuous style (like Simon Graham, who’s video is basically one big forward-walking time lapse).

Those are options, certain styles that can work very well. But I think it’ll be extra fun to edit the video as a story, to break away from the chronological order and search for patterns and groups, and work with these to tell a story. So that’s my deviation from the usual 365-day film projects, something extra to add to the challenge.

Right, that’s it for now. Here’s to a fun challenge, and to many lessons to be learned!

Lars