Where did you come up with the idea?
I had made a similar piece when I was in graduate school for graphic design in which I took photos of other people and put them together in a film. I then started to wonder what it would look like if I used photos of myself… and three years later I had this film.
How do you keep yourself in the same position in each frame?
I use a digital camera that has a flip-out screen so I can frame myself in the photo, and then just hold the camera at arm’s length and shoot. After I download the photo to my computer I use a photo-editing program (Photoshop) to carefully adjust each photo so that the eyes always appear in the exactly the same place. Then I bring the adjusted photo into an animation program (After Effects) to put them in sequence in the film.
Did you ever miss a day?
I tried to build the daily photo into my routine so I wouldn’t forget to take it every day, but I’m human and occasionally I still forgot. Now after 3+ years it’s as much a habit as brushing my teeth in the morning.
Are you going to keep taking photos?
Yes! I’m still taking a photo every day and plan to keep going forever. I’ll be making new versions of the film periodically, so check back.
Where’s the music from? Can I buy it anywhere?
The music was composed specifically for this film by Nathan Melsted (www.myspace.com/nathanmelsted).You can buy it on iTunes, Rhapsody, Napster, and eMusic.