Creators of “Life in a Day” asked anyone with access to YouTube and a camera to record something from that day to document the story of one day on earth. Kevin McDonald, Oscar-winning director, and Ridley Scott, the producer, collaborated to create a film of all of the footage that was collected on that day. This documentary from National Geographic Films will be premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT on Thursday, January 27th at 6:00pm MT.
The actual project took in 80,000 submissions, over 4,500 hours of footage from that one day. Those working on the film combined and edited all the submissions to create a 90 minute collage out of 1,000 of those video clips. Not going to be in Sundance on Thursday? No problem, there will be a live screening of the film at www.YouTube.com/lifeinaday. One reporter, Howell, was able to see it this last Monday at a press screening in Sundance. Here is what he had to say about it:
“…The tears flowed during Monday’s Sundance 2011 press screening of Life in a Day. I also laughed — a lot. A complete array of reactions were at work watching scenes of birth, death, work, play, rising, falling — everything that the billions of us do every day, perhaps thinking that we are somehow alone in our pursuits. But we are all truly connected.”
When I was up at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday, I was able to experience Life in a Day myself. In the co-op room of the official Sundance store, there was a room dedicated to this film. They set up huge touch-screen TVs that you could interact with and choose the video clips you wanted to watch. Out of the thousands of video clips available, we saw a forest fire, fireworks, a Hawaiian chant, and a Giraffe being born. It was an amazing experience and I encourage you to check out the live streaming on Thursday.
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