For the past four years I have been taking one second of footage every day and compiling them together incrementally.
It is a great practice that I would recommend to anyone; it helps the recorder to appreciate small moments and it helps the viewer to develop their understanding of the passage of time. Below are some of my personal favorite compiled seconds that I have ever made—which is only fitting for one of the personal favorite experiences I’ve ever had: Seeds of Peace. It was hard to capture such a beautiful, difficult, and complex journey in one-second intervals, but perhaps you can be the judge of whether or not I succeeded.
The video starts on my plane ride to Maine and ends about two weeks after I left Camp. I spent those weeks taking filmmaking classes in New York City—which I was blessed to be able to do, but from which I will admit I learned nothing. I ended up using those weeks to wander around New York reflecting on what the heck I had just experienced. Not once amidst all of the alone time did I ever run out of things to think about.
What you hear in the background are fragments of different poems that were read aloud while I was at camp. The words span the experiences of campers from all seven delegations and have a pretty special ability to strike a chord, if you ask me.