Julie Perini answers questions about the Minute Movies.

What are Minute Movies?

I shoot at least one Minute Movie each day. Sometimes I shoot more than one. Sometimes I forget, but then I try to shoot two the following day. Minute Movies are at least 60 seconds long. They are one shot held for the entire duration of that single minute. The camera can move or be static. 

What kind of camera do you use to make Minute Movies?

I use a standard definition Flip video camera. I like how it is small enough that I can carry it with me, but sturdy enough that I can set it down on a surface and it will not fall over. I also enjoy the 4x3 frame.

What do you shoot when you shoot Minute Movies?

Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner. Taking baths. Brushing teeth. Making copies. Buying coffee. Reading. Making other videos, films or artworks. Traveling on trains. Waiting for the bus. Walking. Lifting weights. Looking at plants. Looking at animals. Looking at architecture. Listening to music. Going to the movies. Going to art galleries. Going to protests. Going to see health care professionals. Shopping. Arranging stuff. Traffic. Colors. Lights. Diners. Rolling around.

Are you making a clever pun there, with the word "minute?"

Yes! That is correct! We commonly understand "minute" to mean "60 seconds." But "minute" can also be pronounced "mi-noot" and has another adjectival meaning: "attentive to or concerned with even the smallest details." 

When did you first start making Minute Movies?

I started making Minute Movies on April 1, 2011. 

Why do you make Minute Movies?

I began making Minute Movies initially because I felt super busy with jobs and other obligations, and I wanted to make sure that I set aside at least a few minutes each day to check in with my inner artist and do something creative. I purchased my first Flip camera, started to carry it with me in my purse, and I have been making Minute Movies every day ever since.

What are Minute Movies Monthly?

I started Minute Movies Monthly in January 2015. After each month of Minute Movies, I take a look at the month's videos and play around with ways to edit them together. I spend anywhere from three hours to three days working on a video for the Minute Movies Monthly series. I think of these videos as sketches or notes. I work as intuitively as possible on them, experimenting with patterns and durations, matches and juxtapositions. I do not overwork the Monthlies. I move on within a few days. Some Monthly videos turn out more interesting than others, but there's always something magical in there.