365 Seconds – Content Planning for 2016


This post originally appeared here on Linkedin.

In 2015 I set myself the goal of recording one second of video each day. The idea behind this was to satisfy my creative curiosity and to provide a way to document what I knew was going to be an exceptionally busy year. Despite some issues with some of the images (the Hyperlapse app unfortunately doesn’t work 100% of the time in dull light) I think the final result has turned out really well.

This isn’t the first time I have set myself what can seem like a difficult new years resolution goal. In 2012 I challenged myself many more goals with a central one being to take a photo every day. What I learned then and expanded on in 2015 was that with some simple planning and being prepared to be reactive when called upon this can be achieved and produce strong results.

I have had a few people ask me about how they might go about such a project so here are some thought starters that I think work for a personal project like this and also when approaching a new year of work.

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#SamsProject2015 – The Final Film

(To see the version without music scroll down.)

What a crazy year! I’m not sure I have ever been so busy with so much travelling around the UK and on trips abroad.

To recap (not in chronological order):

  • Six festivals
    • Reading
    • V
    • Bestival
    • Common People
    • Bishops Waltham Festival
    • SW4 – Faithless Headliner
  • Axwell ^ Ingrosso gig
  • Ministry of Sound night
  • All the Southampton FC matches
  • Call of Duty Championships in LA
  • E3
  • Some walking…
  • San Francisco
  • Star Wars Secret Cinema
  • Amsterdam
  • Madrid
  • Dublin Facebook Conference
  • 30th birthday
  • Star Wars!!
  • FA Cup Final
  • Holiday in Turkey
  • Gamescom
  • Rugby World Cup – Samoa v USA
  • My friends wedding
  • Lots of walking…
  • A fair few birthday parties

Right back when I announced I was going to do this I had a grand vision in mind of how the video could look. One continuous walking motion with straight lines keeping consistency in the images. Obviously that is not how it completely turned out as you know…life…. but I am overall happy with the result.

This was largely born out of my enjoyment of creating videos and also a nice challenge to set myself to document the year. I think as a video art project it has turned out well and has become much more personal than I really expected. I can see how my mood changes and have memories attached with each second. It has also made me acutely aware of just how much can happen within such a small time frame.

One thing I learned from #SamsProject2012 was that I did not include my friends and family enough, something I was determined to change with this new project. Thanks to all of you for putting up with me randomly walking towards you with my phone filming 🙂

There are technical problems with the video that I addressed in the first update. I am frustrated that not every shot is in focus or that the Hyperlapse app worked 100% of the time to give the true steady-cam effect. It definitely needed bright lights to give the best effect but of course I was not able to always record during the day, especially at my most busy times of the year. If I was to ever do this again I would look at either a camera set up or getting a steady-cam rig for my phone. However having said that there is something special to the in the moment nature of the shots which is achieved by using a phone camera. If I had anything more intrusive it may have taken away from that.

The video at the top of this post is the main one that uses the track Let It Happen by Tame Impala, one of my favourite tracks from 2015. I created this version as I think having a music track underneath the images helps to carry it along. I was inspired to use that song as I felt the walking pace and the structure of the song matched the images almost perfectly. The inspiration to create this version came in the final week of the year and I think it was a good call.

For those interested below is the full 365 second clips without anything else added and the original sound.

Thanks to everyone who has come along on this ride with me. It has been great reading people’s comments and getting feedback as the year has gone on.

Happy New Year and I hope 2016 is an incredible one for you.

September – #SamsProject2015

Whoops! It is the end of October and I am only just putting the September blog up now. Well at least you don’t have long to wait until the next instalment!

A quick trip to Cardiff, Bestival, Southampton Boat Show, a visit to Selsey, the Rugby World Cup, Star Wars Secret Cinema, a day at Marwell and flying off to San Francisco. Another jam packed awesome month.


July – #SamsProject2015

Some more shots from Turkey at the start of this month. That was a great trip! I have never been to somewhere with so much sunshine and heat. The cold pool was very welcome.

Add in a quick trip to Madrid (also very hot), a house warming and a local music festival and it turns out July was pretty jam packed.

Not sure who that Jedi is though…

June – #SamsProject2015

From Axwell ^ Ingrosso to fun times in LA at E3 to a trip to Turkey. June was a lot of fun!

This was my third E3 trip since joining Activision. I think this years press conferences were some of the best I have seen. Won’t ever forget watching the crowds reaction to PlayStation showing The Last Guardian, electric atmosphere.

Spot the Raptors?

May – #SamsProject2015

Lots of fun was had in May from the final few games of the incredible Saints season to the fantastic Common People music festival. I was also lucky enough to get along to the FA Cup final, which was nice.

And now I’m 30! So that is a thing that happened. For anyone who maybe getting the pre-thirties jitters I can officially confirm it makes zero difference.