Remember that crowd-sourced documentary film attached to filmmakers Kevin Macdonald and Ridley Scott I was telling you about back in early July? Well it’s almost complete and ready for us to enjoy! Here’s a quick refresher if you need it. Life in a Day is described as “a historic cinematic experiment to document a single day on Earth.” Director Macdonald and producer Scott asked people all around the world to film their day on July 24, 2010. Over 80,000 video clips of people’s lives were submitted (over 4500 hours of footage), and a team of editors managed to whittle it all down into a 90 minute documentary film “that gives an honest and inspiring glimpse of our world.” Of the 80,000 clips originally submitted, 1,125 of them made it into the final cut. One of these chosen clips is embedded above; the beautifully shot clip called “Slim Up” was shot by by Toniu Xou and Patricia Martinez del Hoyoa of Spain and features a young girl climbing a human castle in the small town of San Jaume dels Domenys in the Spanish province of Tarragona. This is just a sneak peak into what the film will encompass. The film “really gives you a flavor of what it was like to be alive on 24th July 2010,” says Macdonald.
Life in a Day will premiere January 27 at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, and it will be broadcasted live on YouTube for everyone to see that day at 8PM EST. Following the premiere the director of the Festival will conduct an interactive interview with Macdonald and the 20 top contributors of the film. Starting Monday, January 24 you can submit questions and maybe yours will get picked when the interview is streamed after the film.
Bookmark the Life in a Day YouTube channel and check back there on the 27th at 8PM to watch what promises to be an exciting and curious look into a single day of humanity. Look after the break to watch a recent and informative interview with Macdonald and editor Joe Walker.
Update: National Geographic has partnered up with YouTube to acquire the rights to bring the doc to the States. If you missed Life in a Day when it streamed online, it’s expected that Nat Geo will release it in theatres on July 24, 2011; yes, that is exactly one year after all the footage was shot. A DVD release with bonus content will follow.
Every day, 6.7 billion people view the world through their own unique lens. Imagine if there was a way to collect all of these perspectives, to aggregate and mold them into the cohesive story of a single day on earth.
Life in a Day, a YouTube compilation video to be largely edited by Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland) and executive produced by director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Blade Runner), will attempt to tell such a story. It’s being hailed as a “historic cinematic experiment” that relies on you (yes, you) to contribute to the short film. If you want to participate in the effort, all you have to is capture events that happen in your own life on July 24 and upload your video to the Life in a Day channel by July 31. Here are some suggestions from Google: “You can film the ordinary — a sunrise, the commute to work, a neighborhood soccer match, or the extraordinary — a baby’s first steps, your reaction to the passing of a loved one, or even a marriage.” Head over to the channel for other ideas that may inspire you. So here’s the deal: If your footage is selected to be put into the film, you’ll be credited as co-director and if you’re lucky you’ll get to attend the premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival with 19 others. If you don’t make the final cut, Google reminds you that your submitted footage will live forever on the channel “as a time capsule that will tell future generations what it was like to be alive on July 24, 2010.” Sappy, but it’s true! It’s so easy to do these days, you might as well give it a shot. On the 24th, whip out your Flip cam and take your dog for a walk. Who knows, maybe you and Scrappy will make it big. Need some words of encouragement? Look after the break for a pep talk from Ridley Scott; the Nike shout-out aside, it should get some creative juices flowing.