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One second every day? Video shooting of your life?

Posted on: September 10, 2017

One second every day?

There are so many tiny, beautiful, funny, tragic moments in your life — how are you going to remember them all? Director Cesar Kuriyama shoots one second of video every day as part of an ongoing project to collect all the special bits of his life.

Cesar Kuriyama · Video maker. shoots one second of video every day of his life, and edits them together into a montage that prompts him to think how he approaches each day.

This talk was presented at an official TED conference, and was featured by our editors on the home page.

I was on a three-month road trip this summer.

It was something that I’ve been dreaming about doing my whole life, just driving around the U.S. and Canada and just figuring out where to go the next day, and it was kind of outstanding. I actually ran out, I spent too much money on my road trip for the savings that I had to take my year off, so I had to, I went to Seattle and I spent some time with friends working on a really neat project.

One of the reasons that I took my year off was to spend more time with my family, and this really tragic thing happened where my sister-in-law, her intestine suddenly strangled one day, and we took her to the emergency room, and she was, she was in really bad shape. We almost lost her a couple of times, and I was there with my brother every day.

It helped me realize something else during this project, is that recording that one second on a really bad day is extremely difficult. It’s not — we tend to take our cameras out when we’re doing awesome things. Or we’re, “Oh, yeah, this party, let me take a picture.”

But we rarely do that when we’re having a bad day, and something horrible is happening. And I found that it’s actually been very, very important to record even just that one second of a really bad moment. It really helps you appreciate the good times.

It’s not always a good day, so when you have a bad one, I think it’s important to remember it, just as much as it is important to remember the [good] days.

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