Life In A Day was always an ambitious project: to capture one day in the life of thousands of people. Did YouTube manage to achieve these lofty aims? You can now find out for yourself by watching the feature-length documentary film on YouTube for free.
The YouTube Movie
YouTube asked everyone to film themselves doing whatever they usually do on a day-to-day basis, effectively just living their lives, On July 24, 2010. The footage would then be reviewed, with the most interesting or diverse being chosen to form part of a new film directed by Kevin Macdonald and produced by Ridley Scott.
The response was phenomenal, with 80,000 people from 192 countries submitting 450,000 hours of footage in total. This was then whittled down to just one hour and 35 minutes to form Life In A Day, colloquially known as The YouTube Movie. But this isn’t to YouTube what The Social Network is to Facebook. It’s a whole lot more interesting.
Life In A Day
Life In A Day premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 27 or this year and was live-streamed at the same time on YouTube. After one repeat showing it then disappeared as it was theatrically released by National Geographic Films.
However, it’s now back on YouTube and is there to stay, with its own little home at youtube.com/lifeinaday. Incredibly you don’t even have to actually go to YouTube to watch it, as it’s been made embeddable by all. So you can watch Life In A Day right now here on WebTVWire.
This isn’t a blockbuster and so it won’t be to everyone’s taste. But if you like well-made documentaries then Life In A Day will likely grab you right from the off and refuse to let go.
Interestingly this release comes as the world’s population hits 7 billion. What better time could there be to look at how other people around the world cope with the hand life has dealt them. And for that reason alone I urge you to watch Life In A Day. It’s free, after all.
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