What do you want to remember about your family as it is right now, for better or worse? Is it how you look? Or is it how you relate?
Documenting family in still photographs gives us beautiful, emotional imagery. But there’s so much magic in the motion and voices and music that video can provide. It’s the art form that is more like memory than any other.
Video is not just about the way we look, but about the way we talk and move and hesitate. The glimpses and expressions unique to us, the relationship among us. Video can show us not just what we look like, but who we are.
The Family Film Fest is about creating digital memories of our families in an artistic way through film.
Since fall 2008, when the first DSLR camera with video capabilities hit the market, cinematic video was unleashed from the hands of Hollywood pros and into the hands of indie filmmakers. Today, DSLR cameras with video are ubiquitous among still photographers, and The Family Film Movement is about learning to create beautiful films about your family with the equipment and photography knowledge you already have.
I started creating family films in 2010, and I’ve been hooked ever since. My mission is to inspire others to create beautiful films about their families, too. I invite you to join me through Project 12.
Project 12 is – a film about family – one a month. It’s that simple!
THE RULES: One video per month (begins Jan 1, 2016), about family (yours or anyone else’s, however that may exist) for one year. Start anytime. Stop anytime. This is for you. Videos are due the last day of the month (first video due Jan 31), the same day the theme (if any) will be announced for the next month.
HOW TO SHARE: First, Like Everyday Films on facebook, so you’ll be sure to receive updates and reminders and the announcement each month when features are shared. Second, upload your film to Vimeo or YouTube, and share the link on our sharing page.
FEATURES: 3-5 family films per month will be selected from the submissions and featured here on the Project 12 page, on a Friday (either the 1st or 2nd) for what we’ll call the Family Film Fest! They will be chosen by me or a guest curator with knowledge of cinematic video (if this describes you, and you’d like to be a guest curator, please drop me a note).
TO BE FEATURED your video must meet the following parameters:
1. Must be shot on a DSLR. Mobile device video is welcome, but only DSLR videos will be featured.
2. Must be 1080p or 4K and hosted on vimeo.com (so you’ll need a Plus or Pro account). No video prompts at the end of your video.
3. Must be about family, in any or all of its many forms.
4. Can be a montage, a story with unscripted audio, a one-day, or even a 5-minute shoot, or anything in between.
5. Can have music (lyrics or no lyrics), or no music. If you use music, music MUST be licensed. It can have audio (voices/detail sound) or no audio. It can have text overlay or no text.
6. Can NOT have any still photos in it. Stop motion is OK.
“But…I’m terrible at committing to projects.”
You’re not alone.
The point to Project 12 is continuous development – short projects. Shooting when inspired, inspired when editing. I want us to be forgiving and loving to our creative souls, with no pressure, just a guide and the encouragement of a group to continue creating, should we need that at any point. Project 12 is about accomplishing something with what we have, honoring where we are in that moment in time, valuing life as it is, both in circumstances and our creative response. Each small project is a reflection of not only our own lives, but a reflection of our artistic voice and how it develops as well. This should flow naturally with your life, not be a pressure to produce. Rather, I want it to honor the ebb and flow of creative energy.
To set ourselves up to think there is failure if we don’t produce something for each arbitrarily defined period is to dishonor those bursts of incredible inspiration and experience that move us to create in the first place. But I feel that a month is enough time to allow for natural bouts of inspiration and action without too much pressure. When you think about the universe, and how all matter and space are arranged…it can really be described in one way: small periods of great activity, followed by great periods of inactivity. A project that only happens once a month honors our place in the pattern of life – little bits of activity, followed by long periods of nothingness. To me, it’s the nothing that makes the something special, the drip that helps us understand the waterfall. And so, allowing ourselves grace, Project 12 will be something we can maintain and grow without burnout. That is my goal. To keep shooting.
It’s worth it. Because you are the only one who can create something based on your unique experiences. Add your voice to the chorus – join the Family Film Movement!