‘Life in a Day’ as Presented by People All Over the World
People on the internet often times upload videos onto YouTube of themselves doing something funny or interesting. Recently YouTube asked users to do this, but on one particular day, July 24, 2010. The footage that was submitted to a particular user in specific was to be used for a film project called ‘Life in a Day’ by director Kevin Macdonald.
Videos from all over the world were submitted, edited, and put together to create a full length movie that as described by Harvey Glen, a professional director of photography, “It was like a time capsule of the 24th of July.”
The Sundance Film Festival is well known for bringing some of the most innovative films of our times from up-and-comers to the film industry as well as seasoned veterans. In 1999, viewers were given a rare film of a group of friends wondering into the woods in search of a local legend, documenting their time only to be killed and their footage left behind for the world to see. Indeed, ‘The Blair Witch Project’ was a hoax, but the raw emotions that the cast exuded seemed and felt real to a captivated audience that indeed felt the cast was in real danger and in fact did die.
The innovative look and feel of the low budget film that grossed over 1.5 million dollars in its opening weekend took only an estimated 60 thousand to make. This spawned the now documentary style movies that we have grown accustomed to see in theaters such as ‘Paranormal Activity’ which produced a sequel and the recent addition to the Exorcist franchise, ‘The Last Exorcism.’
‘Life in a Day’ is one of the most anticipated films to be premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. “National Geographic Films has picked up U.S. distribution rights to the global feature experiment Life in a Day.” The film was actually streamed simultaneously from the festival for those who were interested in watching the film on January 27.