Diving into the smoke, a scene from "Life In A Day"
Life In A Day
Sundance Film Festival
Director: Kevin MacDonald
Executive producers/brothers Ridley and Tony Scott and director Kevin MacDonald invited the world to participate in a global video project that has become a poignant testament to the human condition. Anyone willing to participate was asked to submit a video of whatever was occurring in their life as long as it was captured on July 24th, 2010. Contributors were also asked to answer a handful of questions including “What is in your pocket or handbag?”, “What do you love?” and “What do you fear?”. The filmmakers received over 5,000 hours of footage from 192 countries. MacDonald and his extraordinarily talented editor, Joe Walker, somehow compiled the best of the submissions and generate a story that unites human begins with their common daily practices without forgetting to emphasize their remarkable uniqueness as well. While watching clip after clip, it’s easy to get lost in the beautiful content and forget the fact that each scenario was presented by a separate filmmaker. From sunrise to sunset, Macdonald spotlights inviting individuals that include a Korean traveling the world via his bicycle, a teenager enduring his first facial shave and an adolescent shoe shiner working the streets of a Third World country. The most impressive aspect comes from the assembled montages that bring together total strangers as they perform similar tasks like brushing teeth, brewing coffee and playing sports. It may seem like a simple idea, but Macdonald’s concept is the epitome of documentary filmmaking. It doesn’t get any more real than this.