Last summer, people from around the world filmed themselves going through their daily lives and put the videos on YouTube. Director Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland, State of Play) and producers Tony and Ridley Scott then went ahead and made a movie out of those videos, editing them together to show a snap shot of the world on one single day. In doing so they’ve created a film that needs to be seen to be believed.
Life In A Day had its world premiere live on YouTube and at the Sundance Film Festival becoming one of my favorite movies there. And though its difficult to put into words the incredible variety of people, emotions, experiences, visuals and more that are portrayed, this trailer does the trick. Check it out after the break. Read More »
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Everyone’s talked ad nauseam about how the summer of 2011 is going to be a blockbuster bloodbath. Week after week of high concept, big budget sequels featuring superheroes, robots and wizards. But those aren’t the only movies that’ll be playing at your local theater during the long, hot months of May, June, July and August. A huge chunk of movies we reviewed in January at the Sundance Film Festival – from award winners to our personal favorites – are also finding their way into theaters during that time. As the heat quickly approaches, we’ve decided to highlight over 20 Sundance films that are scheduled to open opposite the traditional Hollywood fare. See images, read reviews and find release dates all below. Read More »
Produced by Ridley and Tony Scott, directed by Kevin Macdonald and shot by the world, Life in a Day is epic. Culled from 4,500 hours of videos submitted from 192 countries, all shot on July 24, 2010, the film provides a snapshot into how people of all cultures, ages and walks of life spend a nice, summer Saturday. Most of us have a daily routine and because of that, it’s easy to forget how much is going on in the world at any given second. There’s emotion, creation, destruction and while today might be mundane for you, it’s likely momentous for others. In 90 minutes, Life in a Day conveys all of this through breathtaking imagery or real people in real places doing real things. It simultaneously premiered at Sundance and on YouTube and will open in July 2011. Read More »
The last couple years at festivals have seen a lot of hand-wringing and commentary about how sales were slow. But Sundance 2011 seems to be a lively marketplace, with big films quickly snapped up by distributors. (Even if they’re mostly films with great press or known casts that are easily marketed.) The big news has been Kevin Smith‘s self-distro plan for Red State, while Margin Call and Like Crazy found early buyers. Several more big sales have been made since then.
After the break, a rundown of sales over the last twelve hours, which includes sales for early festival fave Martha Marcy May Marlene and the comedy My Idiot Brother. Read More »
We’ve previously told you about a documentary from producer Ridley Scott, director Kevin Macdonald (helmer of State of Play, Touching the Void, The Last King of Scotland) titled Life in A Day. The movie is set to premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and is being billed as “the first user-generated feature-length documentary.” The film incorporates about 4,600 hours of footage submitted by YouTube users from 192 countries, 80,000 clips created on 500 cameras distributed to “remote areas of the world” on one single day — July 24th 2010.
They have announced that “Contributors whose submissions were chosen are credited as co-directors, and 26 of them have been invited to attend the world premiere of the film on Thursday, January 27, as part of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.” But more importantly, the film will be live streamed on youtube.com/lifeinaday at 6pm mt, for those of you who want to see it before the movie is released in select theaters, on demand and permanently online later in 2011. Following the premiere, Sundance festival director John Cooper will moderate a global Question & Aanswer session with Macdonald and the 26 filmmakers. The film will be re-broadcast again on January 28th at 7pm in your local time zone, and subtitled in 25 languages.
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Remember the news about Life in a Day, the YouTube movie that Ridley Scott is producing with director Kevin Macdonald? (Not to be confused with Bruce McDonald, who also crowd-sourced footage for his Broken Social Scene project This Film is Broken.)
Well, the movie is already into post-production, but that’s just because all the normal production work was done by people who submitted clips from footage shot on July 24, the day the film is designed to encapsulate. How many clips? Eighty thousand, in 45 languages from 197 different countries. How do you assemble that? Read More »
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The Sundance Film Festival slate isn’t usually announced until November. It’s not even mid-July, and we already have official confirmation of one film which will premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. You might be wondering how that’s possible, and which film I’m talking about…
What if I told you that it is a new film from producer Ridley Scott?
What if I told you it’s being directed by the helmer of State of Play, Touching the Void, The Last King of Scotland?
What if I told you that Ridley Scott wants you to help co-direct the film?
Got your attention? Find out more after the jump.
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