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This is what Madeline did
January 17, 2012 1:49 PM   Subscribe

"I shot a little video every day of 2011 on my Canon Powershot, then I edited it all down to a little over a second each." (SLVimeo)
posted by Lutoslawski (38 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite

 
See, the sad thing is, given the way my life is, if I'd done this in 2011, you would not have even noticed when one clip ended and the next began.
posted by koeselitz at 1:58 PM on January 17, 2012 [8 favorites]


neato.
posted by crunchland at 1:59 PM on January 17, 2012


I don't think hers is that much different; she's just better at editing.
posted by daniel_charms at 2:00 PM on January 17, 2012


Did she just add Jack Daniels to a bottle of Diet Coke?
posted by KokuRyu at 2:02 PM on January 17, 2012


I'd like to see someone do this with the output of their laptop screen over the course of the year (editing out the copious porn first, of course - or maybe not if it's too fast to register).
posted by 2bucksplus at 2:03 PM on January 17, 2012


Adorable kitties all the way up until June 13th (my birthday...after a moment I decided that was all I wanted to see) and then some horrible little accessory dog.
posted by rainperimeter at 2:07 PM on January 17, 2012


Holy shit that was cool. Perfect song choice, as well.
posted by Navelgazer at 2:07 PM on January 17, 2012


Is this a commercial for being a young, upper-middle-class white girl in LA? Because it looks like a blast.
posted by saladin at 2:11 PM on January 17, 2012 [13 favorites]


Girlfriend went to a lot of shows.
posted by psoas at 2:13 PM on January 17, 2012


Steve Reich: The "Amen Break" of hipster rock.
posted by gcbv at 2:16 PM on January 17, 2012 [1 favorite]


This is far more depressing than it should be.
posted by Memo at 2:22 PM on January 17, 2012 [3 favorites]


Only one bath?

Ewwwwww.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 2:26 PM on January 17, 2012


Wow, I think I spend too much time at work/school/home. I guess I need to make more time for fun this year.
posted by Brian Puccio at 2:40 PM on January 17, 2012 [1 favorite]


Is this a commercial for being a young, upper-middle-class white girl in LA? Because it looks like a blast.

Young, I'll give you. What about that video was particularly white or requires more than $50,000 (or so) in income?
posted by the jam at 2:55 PM on January 17, 2012


Depressing? It made me pretty happy.
posted by Roger Dodger at 2:56 PM on January 17, 2012


I had my laptop take my picture every half hour on the hour for 6ish months. Other than watching my hair growing it wasnt really that interesting.
posted by adventureloop at 3:04 PM on January 17, 2012 [1 favorite]


Aren't we done with this stuff yet? Please tell me why I'm supposed to care about this woman's edited video diary: did she show us multiple clips about how she was trying to fight world hunger? Fix global warming? Reduce poverty? Was she creating a beautiful, complex art work or musical composition? ANYTHING more than "sharing her reality" with us, because it would be sooo cool to be like the Kardashians who are just, like sooooo fantastic in that they lay it all out there? (not) ...sigh...
posted by Dean358 at 3:11 PM on January 17, 2012 [1 favorite]


tell me why I'm supposed to care about this woman's edited video diary

You are not supposed to do anything.
posted by wemayfreeze at 3:33 PM on January 17, 2012 [4 favorites]


And, no, we're not done. The power of the internet, of self-publishing, and of YouTube are really just beginning to show. If you're waiting for us to be "over" people sharing their reality I recommend cryogenics—wake up in a couple hundred years, perhaps?
posted by wemayfreeze at 3:36 PM on January 17, 2012 [1 favorite]


This video made me want to get a cat and unload an aerosol can into a campfire.
posted by no regrets, coyote at 3:50 PM on January 17, 2012


30 seconds of the blue, 50 seconds of the green, 8 seconds of the grey, 200 seconds of ppt, excel and outlook, sprinkle in a few seconds of being outside I guess...how many seconds we at now because i'm running out of things I remember doing last year.


I need to get out more.
posted by dismitree at 4:01 PM on January 17, 2012


Please tell me why I'm supposed to care about this woman's edited video diary

Why should we care about base jump/parachute videos? How about funny cats, are those OK?

It was an interesting project that conveyed emotions and desires on a simple level, is that so awful?
posted by MrBobaFett at 4:02 PM on January 17, 2012


Madeline did more in January than I have done in 3 years .... I have become too sad to continue
posted by NiteMayr at 4:07 PM on January 17, 2012


Very charming. Nice.
posted by zardoz at 4:17 PM on January 17, 2012


Jesus Christ. Put down the camera while you're driving!!!
posted by schmod at 4:29 PM on January 17, 2012


Well, I apologize for my knee jerk reaction to what reality TV has done to our culture and therefor my take on this video. If you've found something touching / charming / inspiring from it then far be it for me to spoil it for you.

....but....

This video strikes me as more of that same reality TV narcissism that I find offensive. I'm "supposed" to care because it's been posted here -- " best of the web" -- which I say with no disrespect meant to the Lutoslwoski, the OP. There's also an implied "suppose to care" by it's creator posting it on the web in the first place.

BASE/Skydiving videos? Maybe pushing the limits of human flight, maybe good adrenaline fix for some, or at very least a good "holy shit" factor. Cat videos? Would it be fair to say if they're posted here it's with level of irony / humor / self referential sarcasm? At least those are both (attempts) at content that is more than simply "look at me."
posted by Dean358 at 4:31 PM on January 17, 2012 [1 favorite]


BASE/Skydive/extreme sport videos are pretty much the epitome of "look at me". It's showing off, and that's ok. I like many of those.

I don't see how this has anything to do with reality TV, is she marketing it? Selling ads? Trying to get more people to watch, in order to profit more?

I'm not sure how this is so very different from my YouTube where I upload videos from when I go rock climbing, or I'm juggling fire, or doing a stupid drunk dance at a NYE party for my friends to laugh at. Sure anyone can see it, but it's not like I'm trying to pump it into your living room.

I think you are reading an intent on the video creator that wasn't there. She seems to have made this for her, to share with her friends. Apparently others saw it and did like it and cared about it so they shared it. Neat.
posted by MrBobaFett at 4:44 PM on January 17, 2012 [2 favorites]


(1) Haters to the left...

(2) My main take-away from this was "wow, what a cool video-scrap book idea." I like to remember stuff I've done, and I've always been fascinated by scrap-books, but am way too boring/ lazy to actually do something like a real scrap book.

(3) The web makes it really easy to believe that this girl is constantly self promoting herself... actually its pretty easy (especially if you're young, creative and super photogenic) to have something you did just messing around to somewhat take off. Meanwhile there are dozens of youtube 'personalities' whose actual job it is to network and produce vlogs and aim for upwards of the millions of views for each post so that they can sell adspace aimed at tweens.

(4) She takes photos of her cat a watches a shit ton of TV on her laptop... JUST LIKE ME! OMGosh!
posted by midmarch snowman at 4:55 PM on January 17, 2012


I live in LA, and this video gave me a good sense of another way to live here, and showed me places and things that I wouldn't have experienced otherwise.

Nice work, Madeline.
posted by fake at 5:09 PM on January 17, 2012 [2 favorites]


This is a great technique for your travel videos, too. Instead of forcing your friends and family to watch endless minutes of shaky, zoomy video, just compile a video of lots of 2 second shots. You'll end up with something much more watchable.
posted by crunchland at 6:37 PM on January 17, 2012 [5 favorites]


In the place of a Dark Lord you would have a Queen! Not dark but beautiful and terrible as the Morn! Treacherous as the Seas! Stronger than the foundations of the Earth! All shall love me and despair!
posted by Brocktoon at 7:07 PM on January 17, 2012 [1 favorite]


Wow, how could anyone not like that?! 16yrs in on the internets and I can't believe how an unexpected hour or so on the internet allows me to get a glimpse of someone's life 3000 miles away in such a creative, optimistic way. Simply beautiful. What did people DO in the 5-channel TV days?!

Thanks.
posted by skepticallypleased at 8:16 PM on January 17, 2012


This is a great technique for your travel videos, too. Instead of forcing your friends and family to watch endless minutes of shaky, zoomy video, just compile a video of lots of 2 second shots. You'll end up with something much more watchable.

I think you've changed my entire travel video philosophy. Thank you.
posted by saul wright at 10:02 PM on January 17, 2012 [1 favorite]


A great idea. I found it entertaining and I don't know her. I imagine if I knew her I'd think it was utterly fabulous.

(Please tell me it's not an ad for Canon Powershot)
posted by DanCall at 12:05 AM on January 18, 2012


As an American who's lived abroad for 14 years, this is delicious. It's ordinary and American, and I was surprised at at what surprised me. But this may be more what I brought than what was in the video.
posted by Goofyy at 5:22 AM on January 18, 2012


(Please tell me it's not an ad for Canon Powershot) -- I hate to be jaded and cynical about it, but I am sort of worried about this, too. I mean, in this day and age where even our cell phones have 8 megapixel video capabilities, why does it matter what kind of camera she used to make it? Unless, of course, your goal is to sell it to me.
posted by crunchland at 8:16 AM on January 18, 2012


No, this wasn't mind-blowing, but I liked it lots. As others have mentioned, it's a decent and easy way to keep a sketchbook of a period of time in one's life. And some part my jaded 37-year-old self enjoyed watching the kids have fun doing something other than stare at rectangular screens... which is more than I can say for myself right now.
posted by Rykey at 12:31 PM on January 18, 2012 [1 favorite]


I'm beginning to think Vimeo is one big ad site for competing prosumer video cameras.
posted by Arthur Phillips Jones Jr at 10:25 PM on January 18, 2012 [1 favorite]


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