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December 2018 – Document Your Life video

For what seemed like the entirety of 2018, I was massively behind on my Document Your Life videos. I barely filmed throughout the month and then struggled to piece something together afterwards. This is the first video in a long time where I cover just one month, and I’ve managed to finish it within a reasonable time frame too. A good motivation for doing so was this blog. I figured if I wanted to write about it, I’d have to do it quickly. So here it is: my video for December 2018.

About the video

Though this is the longest single-month video I’ve been able to produce in a while, it barely covers half of my activities in December. What it doesn’t show, for example, is my visit to Manchester where I went to see my friend Ashleigh. I also did not include material from the Christmas concert with the choir, or pub carolling with them. As usual I travelled back home for the holidays, but I couldn’t shoot material during the flight because a nervous-looking man was sitting in my window seat and I didn’t want to bother him, so I just left it. On top of that, this video has a serious lack of filler material. Oops!

What this video does show, however, is lots and lots of animals! That makes up for everything else, right? The highlights are surely the shots with little Nugget, only about 9 weeks old here. I know this will be great to look back on in the future, and we’ll say “aaaw remember when she was so small she could fit into your lap?” (she already no longer can).

About the music

The music in this video is a song called Put A Record On by Unkle Bob. I am 100% sure I have used it in a video before, but I couldn’t find it in my list so I’m going to pretend I never used it. Put A Record On has been one of my favourite songs for a very long time. I got to know it as part of the My Sassy Girl soundtrack, a film Lauren and I were mildly obsessed with when we were young teens. I must confess, I still do actually really like this film – and the song.

The soundtrack was chosen solely because I like it. There’s no hidden themes here. In fact, this song is actually quite inappropriate in combination with the shots; “grab a beer and disappear with me” during a shot of my cat Remi and “I get it on with you” during shots of Lauren playing with Nugget. So no, definitely no symbolism here. Honestly, picking a song for your video is one of the biggest pains of the DYL process, so sometimes you just have to work with what you’ve got.

Seen in this video


Lauren and Nugget;
Lauren’s family and cat Sjakie;
My cat Remi and his housemates Ghibli and Picasso.


  • Exploding Kittens: the card-game version of Russian Roulette, excluding the risk of death, including illustrations of kittens.
  • What Do You Meme?: think Cards against Humanity, but with memes.
  • Skip-Bo: highly-addictive card game with numbers but without the complications of having to add or subtract or whatever.

Equipment used for this video

  • Software: Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015
  • Canon EOS 77D
  • Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
  • Canon 18-55mm lens
  • Canon 50mm f1.8 lens
  • Nikon D5100 (Lauren’s)
  • Nikon 50mm f/1.8D lens (Lauren’s)
  • GoPro Hero 3+ Black w/ GoPole Reach, Bobber, and head strap (Lauren’s)

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