Life in a Day



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Robin Basselin and Bruce Gulland look at the film "Life in a Day". It was created from videos recorded around the world - videos from people like you!

Transcript


Voice 1

Welcome to Spotlight. I’m Robin Basselin.

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And I’m Bruce Gulland. Spotlight uses a special English method of broadcasting. It is easier for people to understand, no matter where in the world they live.

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“We are all under the same moon.”

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These are the words of film director, Kevin Macdonald. What do you think he meant when he said them?

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Macdonald said these words to the Telegraph news organization. And he was talking about a film he recently directed. A film called “Life in a Day.” Macdonald worked on this film with the famous film producer Ridley Scott. Together, they created this film about life around the world. However, they did not record it themselves. Instead, they used short films or videos recorded by people all over the world.

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Life in a Day is a film recorded by people like you. It shows the many differences between people and cultures. However, it also shows that there are things that connect all people – like the fact that we all live under the same moon. Today’s Spotlight is on the film Life in a Day.

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On July 1st, 2010, Kevin Macdonald released a video on the Internet. He used the popular video sharing website YouTube. Macdonald asked YouTube users to create a video of their life. And he asked everyone to do this on one particular day – July 24th, 2010.

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In his message, Macdonald asked YouTube users to film all parts of life. He wanted to see both normal and not normal life. He asked users to answer questions like “What do you love?” “What do you fear?” “What makes you laugh?” and “What do you carry with you?”

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Macdonald asked users to put their finished videos on YouTube. From these shared videos, Macdonald wanted to make one long film about global life. However, this is an unusual way to make a film. It uses a method called “crowd-sourcing.” Crowd-sourcing is when a large group of people help complete a project usually done by a few paid workers. In crowd-sourcing, the group completes the project for less money or even for free. Usually, there is a public announcement for a crowd-sourced project. And often people use the Internet to send in their work.

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Crowd-sourcing can be helpful in completing many kinds of projects. For example, companies have used crowd-sourcing to find just the right picture for a particular project. Other people have used crowd-sourcing to find the answer to difficult science problems. In recent years, crowd-sourcing has become more and more popular. Now, Kevin Macdonald has made the first ever crowd-sourced film produced in Hollywood.

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At first, Macdonald did not believe the project would be very popular. However, people sent over 80,000 videos! And they sent them from over 190 countries. This made Macdonald and producer Ridley Scott believe that their idea could work.

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Macdonald and Scott paid 25 people to sort all the videos. These people spent months watching all 4,500 hours of film. Then Macdonald and Scott chose the best pieces of video. From these, they created the 95 minute film Life in a Day.

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Life in a Day began playing in theatres during the summer of 2011. The film includes great stories of birth and love. It also includes terrible stories of fear and death. One of the main stories from the film is about Okhwan Yoon. Yoon is a Korean man. He travels around the world on a bicycle. He rides this two-wheeled vehicle from country to country. His purpose is to teach peace, patience and discovery. He does this by meeting the local people. He talks with them about kindness. Yoon believes that understanding people is the first step of showing kindness. He has travelled to 191 countries to understand people everywhere.

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Another emotional part of the film shows a Japanese father and his young son, Taiji. They are in their apartment. This living space is dirty and not organized. There are many clothes on the floor. The boy quietly watches television. His father performs the morning work. Then they walk over to a large picture of a woman. The father lights a candle. The father and son honour the woman in picture. It is the man’s wife and the boy’s mother. And they are showing respect to her because she has died.

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The film’s producers wanted the film to show life from all parts of the world. So, they sent 400 cameras to people living in places with little or no Internet connection. And these cameras produced some of the most beautiful parts of the film.

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One example is the story of a boy named Cain Able. Cain lives in Peru. And he is about 10 years old. Cain is friendly. And he works shining shoes. He does this because, like Taiji, his mother is dead. However, Cain is joyful. His smile makes everyone’s day better. It brings joy to the people he meets in the film. It also brings joy to the people watching the film.

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Life in a Day is interesting because of its method and its message. When people watch it, they will see their own lives. They will also see what life is like for people who are not like them. But most importantly, they will see what is common to all people. As Macdonald told the Telegraph news organization,

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“This is what people chose to film. Those of us in the news and film industries think we know what films should be about. But most people are interested in a few, simple things – family, children, love, not being alone, not wanting to live through a war, feeling frightened of illness and death. That is it – that is what life is.”

Voice 1

What do you think about the idea of crowd-sourcing? Do you think it can make a great film? What would you put in a video about your life in a day? Tell us what you think. You can email us at radio@radioenglish.net. Or, you can leave a comment on our website. You can also learn more about the Life in a Day film at www.youtube.com/lifeinaday.

Voice 2

The writer of this program was Graham Bates. The producer was Robin Basselin. The voices you heard were from the United States and the United Kingdom. All quotes were adapted and voiced by Spotlight. You can find our programs on the Internet at www.radioenglish.net. This program is called, “Life in a Day.” We hope you can join us again for the next Spotlight program. Goodbye!

Question:

What did you do today?

Comments


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hainambkhn
said on September 06, 2011

Hi! my name’s hainam. I love spotlight very much. I listen spotlight everyday in the morning. Its very useful for me and I think, Its also helpful for everybody Who like learning English.
Spotlight have got much topic. listen and read each topic, I understand about many area…about life, famous person, sport, culture of many country in the world… I can say Spotlight is very helpful.
Thanks

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GelezniyDen
said on September 09, 2011

Hello, hey all our listeners and readers and good evening everyone who live in this beautiful world. I want join to the feedback higher and want add thanks all authors of this program for interesting article in cloudy day you make me feel so good. Interesting idea I will see it in Youtube when I will have free time. You can add me to my following Skype : gelezniyden . I will glad to see you in there. So long all.

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egirl1989
said on September 09, 2011

Listening through today program gives me an insight into life thoughout the world. It could be not only blissfully happy, lasting happiness but also desparately sad, great disappointment that I can be inspired and sympathy.
Thanks Spotlight a lot!

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vanha
said on September 10, 2011

I love spotlight very much .love love…........

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luongvien10
said on September 28, 2011

Vietnamese love spotlight very much!!!!  congratulate spotlight!!!

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Narath
said on October 01, 2011

Hi, my name is Un Narath who is living in Cambodia and my nationality is Cambodian , Khmer . I do agree that most of people are interested in a few simple things like you said in this program in cluding me as well . Nowaday most of Cambodian people like watching Korean , Thai and Chinese films . Film is one of important tools to make people feel happy but also make people feel lazy and forget to do anything . When I am watching the films I immagine that I am one of the actress in the film so it makes me feel happy and comfortable .

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Doi hai linh
said on October 09, 2012

i think this idea is very good. Each people over the world has a different life. There are rich and poor people. We always want to know what other people is doing. I am usually curious about that. By watching this film, we can share the emotion, love. I like this film very much. It is worth watching!

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Severino Ramos da Silva
said on December 18, 2015

Dear Robin Basselin and Bruce Gulland:

This is an interesting story ” The film Life in a Day”. But, today I got up at 10:55 a.m because I worked so much at the hospital when I work as a nurse. Also, I was very tired. I had breakfast at 11:30 a.m , and I read the story about life in a day in the internet that was produced by the producers of the SPOTLIGH. Thank you very much to write more one interesting story.
All the best and Merry Christmas.
Severino Ramos - from Brasil

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Kim Kim
said on January 09, 2017

This is a good idea i think. It’s able a great film. Each of people have different feature. Life in a day of each of person will help us understand together.

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bac
said on January 10, 2017

Hi everyone,
I really like the idea of crowd-sourcing of the article. If I can, I will make a video about my life in the future.
Thanks Spotlight.

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Dela
said on January 14, 2017

In my opinion, the idea of crowd-sourcing is excellent, no doubt. MacDonald together with Ridley Scott were really successful to gather and choose videos from many people around the world, in this way they could create a film called ‘‘Life in a Day’‘. I suppose that film has become so popular primarily because of showing the different common experiences in human life that can be both, either positive, pleasant or often sad, emotional greatly. Through this film people can get to know the interesting moments in life of other ones and share their enjoyment just as sadness as well!

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samavivenne
said on January 14, 2017

Good idea