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July 28, 2011

"Life in a Day"

The YouTube caption: "What happens when you send a request out to the world to chronicle, via video, a single day on Earth? You get 80,000 submissions and 4,500 hours of footage from 192 countries. Producer Ridley Scott and Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald took this raw material — all shot on July 24, 2010 — and created "Life in a Day," a groundbreaking, feature-length documentary that portrays this kaleidoscope of images we call life. National Geographic is bringing it to theaters this week."

From Rachel Dodes's July 22 Wall Street Journal story: "It took more than two months for 25 multi-lingual research assistants just to watch all of the footage. A large chunk of the film's $2 million budget went to paying the salaries of the team — made up mostly of film students in London — which coded the videos by topic, translated them, and rated them all from 1 to 5."

"Mr. Macdonald watched 350 hours of the most highly-ranked footage. Based on the patterns that began to emerge, he wove together a story. For example, he says he realized that, coincidentally, there was a full moon on July 24, 2010, so he decided the film would begin with various shots of the moon taken from all over the world."

Interview with the film's director here.

Can't wait to see it.

July 28, 2011 at 10:01 AM | Permalink


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Sent in footage of a friend getting married that day. It didn't make the cut. Can't wait to see what did.

Posted by: Virginia | Jul 28, 2011 10:51:12 AM

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