I've written quite a lot about Life In A Day over the course of the past year. If you're somehow not familiar with it by name, Life In A Day is the documentary shot by YouTube users, directed and edited by Kevin MacDonald, and produced by Hollywood director Ridley Scott. It played at Sundance, and then enjoyed a brief theatrical run this summer. And now it's freely available for anyone to watch on YouTube.
Life In A Day On YouTube
You can watch Life In A Day here. But since it's a YouTube video, I can also embed it right here--you know, in case you have a spare 2 hours:
3 Reasons To Watch Life In A Day On YouTube
I watched Life In A Day back in the winter, during their one-time streaming of the film online prior to the film festival. And I liked it. But there are elements beyond just the film's quality that should motivate you to take an interest. So in case you need some persuading, I thought I'd give you a few good reasons to watch it:
Online video is rapidly changing a number of industries, film included. Many years in the future, Life In A Day may well be looked at as a turning point... a landmark on the path from the old traditional studio model of filmmaking to a new wide-open future where anyone with talent can create great films the entire world can see and enjoy. Don't you want to be able to say you saw it?
It Legitimizes Crowdsourced Video
Life In A Day isn't the first film featuring the collaboration of many online individuals, and it won't be the last. But it's the highest profile, and it's probably the best in terms of quality. What Life In A Day managed to do was take crowdsourced video from a novelty to a legitimate practice by proving that it can yield true art.
It's Just Plain Great
Life In A Day is everything a great documentary should be. It's moving, funny, sad, and sometimes difficult to watch. It also accomplishes what it set out to do: show the similarities and differences between the daily lives of the world's various cultures. Stop thinking of Life In A Day as "a YouTube movie" and start seeing it as an Oscar contending studio documentary--because the quality level is there.
Those are just three reasons... but there are plenty more. (Did I mention it's completely free?) Unless you just hate documentaries, check it out. You won't regret it. And then come back and let us know what you thought.