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Life In A Day
July 16, 2011, 2:11 pm
Filed under: General, Specialist Project, Uncategorized, Video

Life in a Day is a documentary film project born out of a partnership between YouTube, Ridley Scott Associates and LG electronics, announced on July 6, 2010. Users sent in videos of themselves on July 24, 2010, and then Ridley Scott produced the film and edited the videos into a film with director Kevin MacDonald and film editor Joe Walker, consisting of footage from some of the contributors. All chosen footage authors are credited as co-directors.

The completed film is 94 minutes 57 seconds long and includes scenes from 4,500 hours of footage in 80,000 submissions from 140 nations. The completed film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival on January 27, 2011 and the premiere was streamed live on YouTube. The film’s music was written by British composer and producer Harry Gregson-Williams, along with Matthew Herbert. The film’s opening song, written by Herbert, was performed by British singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding. On January 24, 2011, National Geographic Films announced that it had received the distribution rights for the film. The movie was released in theaters in June 2011.

I like the concept behind this. I’ve got to decide on the content of my body of work for this unit. I’m trying to avoid going down the conventional documentary route, which is why I’m drawn to this example. I don’t really want to follow someone around and document their lives. I feel it’s been done too many times, plus it all depends on how fascinating the individual is to make a success of a documentary.

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