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Life in a Day
- Director: Kevin Macdonald
- Release Date: June 2011
- Run Time: 90
- Genre: Documentary
You knew it had to happen at least once in a YouTube world. And it has. Michael McDonald has captured footage filmed by thousands of people at once during the course of one 24 hour period of the year 2010. Compilation must have been a nightmare with sequencing just as terrific an undertaking- yet it happens in spite of the logistical horrors involved to give us “Life in a Day.”
The bottom line is that we see how we are all not that different in terms of what life consists of in the course of a day. We are all so very similar as to how we schlub our ways through living a day at a time, confined by the material boundaries of time and space.
However, there is an emphasis in this film on the possibilities presented by the flimsy separation afforded by the wee hours of the morning when, it is said, the spirits come closer to the humans sleeping to touch us in dream sleep and get us to take a second look at what we take for granted.
I loved this film. It is the beginning of the end of trivializing screenplays dictated through the lense of people who have the privilege to make films. This film could have easily been shot over the course of one year on one person’s cell phone video camera. The end of film is near as real life take’s over and the truth of real life will kick butt on fiction every day of the week.
Social media plugs into every aspect of business, life, play, death, and warfare. We are going to be so up close and personal to every aspect of existence that it will drive us mad, as that Hitchcock film threatened to do in the 1960s. The buffer has been removed. The camera phone, the hand held high def low cost video camera shooting digital files no bigger than a cufflink will bring life so close to us that “Life in a Day” will remind us of how innocent this journey started “way back in 2010.”
Hold onto your butts! IT is about to get very interesting my film going, film loving friends.