Dotty lives in a rest home and needs some help using her phone. Take ten minutes and watch this touching film from New Zealanders Mick Andrews and Brett O’Gorman. It’s one of the best shorts I’ve seen lately: one perfect scene, that is also a complete story.
In observance of Throwback Thursday, today I’m posting this. 365 video clips, all exactly one second in length, each one representing one day of my life from the year 2014. That was the plan, at least. In actual fact, there are in total 336 clips here, representing all the days when I didn’t forget to pull out my phone and shoot something.
I got this idea from a fellow named Cesar Kuriyama. He’s been doing this same thing since 2011, and even did a TED talk about it. Like Cesar, I’ve always had trouble remembering events in my life. For the record, this exercise does help. But I think to some extent my memory of watching and re-watching these video clips comes to replace any recollection of actual events.
JOHN’S 2014 – BY THE NUMBERS
7 – trips to the movie theater
6 – scenes featuring cakes
8 – curses
29 – days I forgot to shoot video
33 – appearances of my dog. I’ve become one of those people.
13 – shots of a computer monitor. I’ve been one of those people for a long time.
ADDITIONAL NOTES AND EXPLAINING OF THINGS
July 15: Really, I don’t know what that explosion was.
September 14: Cat bitten while fighting neighbor’s cat – in the clip we’re cleaning the wound with peroxide.
November 14: The band is called Tennis Pro. They were playing the Napa Valley Film Festival, doing a pretty cool cover of A Hard Day’s Night. Here’s more of it.