Life In A Day is a historic global experiment to create a user-generated feature film shot in a single day. On July 24, you have 24 hours to capture a glimpse of your life on camera. The most compelling and distinctive footage will be edited into a feature film, produced by Ridley Scott and directed by Kevin Macdonald.
That was the premise, the result was outstanding, probably the best film I have ever seen. Just seeing into so many peoples lives from so many different backgrounds was extraordinary.
The film itself is an hour and a half long edited down from over 80,000 submitted videos. The audience are taking on an amazing journey that is in some way genre breaking. It pace and elegant editing bring a true marvel into the audiences homes as the film was premiered on Youtube on 27th January. This is what the internet was intended for, purity and exploration.
Due to the nature of the film a genre cannot be defined, in some ways it is a Documentary however this combines love, comedy, heart break, action, horror, beauty, intrigue, mystery, passion….the list goes on. It is a roller coaster of emotion, I was so engrossed and engaged. I laughed and I cried several times. The pacing and editing was spot on, creating suspense and short storys intwined throughout.
I’ve got to hand it to Joe Walker (Editor) he did a fantastic job. Editing is everything for a film, and here this was proven. Going through 80,000 videos must have been such a challenge, obviously he wouldn’t have done this alone but the result was mesmerising. The pacing was perfect, creating sub plots that flowed throughout, creating empathy to the characters in the film. It was interesting seeing so many peoples daily routines such as breakfast how similar a lot of them looked even though they were in very diverse places and at the same time such a different way of life can be seen.
The video above is a clip of one of the participants in the film. I think this was the most moving of all. It was a man named Ron who had just undergone major heart surgery, you don’t get told what the reason for the surgery was, but from what he says and talks about you begin to see the kind of person he is. This was probably one of the most emotional parts of the film as it began all of a sudden. The beauty was that this was REAL he was not an actor, he had just been through a traumatic experience and was sharing his struggle to the road to his recovery. His genuine thankfullness to the people that had helped him was just an extraordinary thing to be a part of. He seemed to have a new lease of life, it made me think about how important life is and how lucky we are to be alive. Just really impacting.
I heard about this project when it was first announced in July 2010. I thought about participating but never got around to it. This is a really amazing utilisation of the internet that creates the ultimate globalised film. A collaboration bringing the world together.
This film is probably one of the most inspiring things I have ever seen. This just made me want to get out there and start making films, I just need a good idea now!
Probably the best film I have ever seen just because of how engaged I got with it. It was amazing to attend the World premiere from the comfort of my own home.