Life In A Day

Just watched Life In A Day on BBC2. To quote Wikipedia: “Life in a Day is a crowdsourced documentary film comprising an arranged series of video clips selected from 80,000 clips submitted to the YouTube video sharing website, the clips showing respective occurrences from around the world on a single day, July 24, 2010.”

There were some beautiful scenes in the film.  Modern techo civilisation juxtaposed alongside natural pastoral scenes. Happy children and street violence. The early morning rituals of washing and brushing of teeth from all over the world. What appeared to start as a fairly small scale personal film gradually expanded to something more reminiscent of Koyaanisqatsi. As various points people answered set questions. Who do you love? What do you fear?

Though the film is crowd sourced, I rate it as good as many conventional documentaries and it is a credit to National Geographic Films that they chose to distribute it. The collecting, understanding, editing and of so many individual bits of video must have been a real challenge (as well as an exciting opportunity) and it seems that production was by Ridley Scott’s company Scott Free Productions. I find the idea of crowd sourced video interesting. Perhaps it is a little like samling with music. Here we have 80,000 bits of video by amateurs edited together into a great film. As technology advances the low level stuff gets routine and, with this film, it is the editing and, perhaps, the initial envisioning, where the true artistry lies?

Films like this show up Hollywood’s lack of imagination and insipid reliance on technique.

Apologies for the advert at the beginning of this video.

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