If you haven't already seen "Life in a Day", this is 90 minutes well spent. It involved 26 directors, 80,000 video clips (submitted by different YouTube users) and 4,500 hours of raw footage, all shot on a single day. The basic premise is what it was like to be alive on July 24, 2010, according to different people and perspectives all over the world - essentially a "day in the life" movie about the world. Sounds like it could be a confusing, fragmented mess but it's actually beautifully fluid and well put together, even funny at times. It makes you realize how vast and diverse the world actually is. It moves from some of the world's biggest cities to some of the most remote places on earth.
The historical documentary was produced by Ridley Scott and directed by Kevin Macdonald and is free to watch on YouTube with a choice of 25 different subtitles, the idea being to make it available to future generations worldwide. But it's not really the words that have an impact but rather the powerful images that take you through from dawn to dusk (with everything in between). It must have been quite a job to filter through all the footage and edit and piece it together. It took a total of seven months.
According to Kevin Macdonald in an interview with National Geographic, "Life in a Day was a wonderful opportunity to hear the voices of ordinary people describing the world as they see it, telling us their fears and loves. I always knew this would say something fascinating about who [we] are as a species and what we value—but I never realized how emotionally affecting the result would be."
The specific date, July 24, was selected because it fell after the FIFA World Cup and early enough in the summer so that people weren't away on holiday. It was also a Saturday meaning more people were available to devote time to the project... and, coincidentally, it was also a full moon which resulted in hundreds of clips of the full moon seen from all over the world.