Seems like I'm writing about Japan a lot lately. Ridley and Tony Scott's production company Scott Free, which was behind last year's crowdsourced Life In A Day, is teaming with Fuji Television to bring Japan In A Day. The film is being made in memory of last year's earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11. Fuji will donate 200 cameras to different parts of the country that were most affected, and they will end up selecting all of the best footage to be included in the movie. Best of all, any money made on the film will be donated to the victims of the disaster.
Japan In A Day To Show Life After Tragedy
On March 11 of last year, one of the 5 most powerful earthquakes ever recorded, with a magnitude of 9.0, hit Eastern Japan, the force of which then brought tsunami waves that reached more than 100 feet in height and caused nuclear power plant meltdowns. That was a triple-whammy, and it killed more than 15,000 people, many were injured, many were lost, and hundreds of thousands of buildings were destroyed.
Here are some important people in getting this project off the ground talking about their inspiration for the new film:
That sounds like Life In A Day wasn't even a model for this project. Nonetheless, the film is being made partly courtesy of Scott Free, which in the past year has been all over online video. Over 3 million people have watched Life In A Day on YouTube for free, which is a great gesture on the part of the filmmakers to make it available at no cost.
The Japan In A Day channel will start taking submissions after March 11, and they give you some good advice on what to do and what not to do. In the end, I don't think anyone shooting footage for this needs to worry about much other than pointing the camera at something and shooting within the 24-hour period midnight-to-midnight on March 11.
Japan In A Day does have this nice, inspirational trailer that should spur people on to shoot some great footage:
This should be a cathartic film for many people.