Short Film That Shows One Second Of Every Day In The Life Of Cesar Kuriyama


This short film entitled “One Second Every Day” was created by Cesar Kuriyama and as the name suggests it is a montage of one second shots, each one filmed with each passing day of his life.

It is an ever-expanding project that he plans to conduct for the rest of his life.
He said; “If I live to 80, I will have a five-hour video that summarizes 50 years of my life..At 40, I’ll have a one-hour video of my 30s.”
He first showcased the film at TED2012 and the audience appreciated this unusual summary of a man’s life. This particular piece of film covers one year of his ongoing project, from February 2011 to February 2012.

Watching it, you feel as though you have been given a strange insight into Kuriyama’s life. With some seconds you can immediately see why he chose to include them, with others you are left wondering what the particular significance was to him and why it warranted being included in his innovative project. I liked the honesty he displayed with the “Woops Forgot” sign – realistically he could have chopped in two seconds of footage from the following day and none of us would have been any the wiser. I wonder how many more times that’ll come up over the years…

Particularly moving are the scenes from the hospital where his sister-in-law lay critically ill. He said; “Recording these one seconds on a bad day is extremely difficult…We take our cameras out when we’re doing awesome things; we rarely do that when something horrible is happening.”

Yet Kuriyama admits that filming during the bad times helped him to process and come to terms with what was going on, although he muses that this might not be the same for everyone.

What do you think of the video and Kuriyama’s “One Second Every Day” project? Leave a comment and let us know.

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I am, and think I have always been, a writer. I’ve been scribbling stories since I was old enough to hold a pen and thoroughly enjoy using my words to make people laugh or inspire them. I love going to gigs and am a professional groupie for a couple of awesome bands. I am an avid fan of socializing, football, film, and refusing to grow up! I’m also a proud member of the BODO UK team!