Coming Very Soon: ‘Life In A Day’ – 27 January 2011


LIFE IN A DAY_YouTube's documentary film premieres tonight.

Imagine working on a film. Either as a star, a cameraman, or a director. Tonight, hundreds of YouTubers get the opportunity to see a single film they all made.

Last summer, YouTube asked its users to upload unedited footage of themselves as they went about their daily business on 24 July 2010. It was something I was seriously considering doing, but I was in France on a school trip so I ended up forgetting about it. However 80,000 people didn’t, so director Kevin MacDonald, editor Joe Walker, and a team of helpers trawled through 4,500 hours of shaky amateur video footage.

The film, titled Life In A Day, has now been fully edited, and premieres tonight at the Sundance Festival. Whilst a few lucky contributors have been flown over to watch it, the rest of the YouTube community can watch it online, live, as it streams from the festival.

More than anything else, I think this film will be a celebration of the Web 2.0 era; a single product to testify our generation’s connectivity.

LIFE IN A DAY: A new type of filmmaking has been created by this film.

Life In A Day is broadcast live at 1:00am tomorrow morning (Friday, 28 January 2011).

Andrew Burdett

Andrew Burdett is a twenty-something from Maidenhead in Berkshire, working for ITV News.