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Let’s film some history together

Filming the sunset. Photograph by Dennis Mojado

November appears to be the month to get your camera out. We have a chance to collectively write history and add our own views of life to not just one but three projects. The first we mentioned already, Britain in a Day, but have you already signed up to the 11 eleven project or One day on Earth?

Documenting what we do, what we see, how we feel, it is all important because, however soppy this might sound, we are the world.

Modern day technology, the easy access to high quality camera’s and internet allow us to share content with each other which would have been unheard of only 15 years ago.

We can learn from each other, share thoughts and ideas and inspire. We can highlight issues we feel are important – both good and bad. And we can document what the world is like today for the sake of the future.

Britain in a Day

As already discussed in an earlier post, Britain in a Day aims to create a snapshot of the UK on Saturday 12th November. You can shoot whatever you want on whatever you want and upload it on YouTube. It is the content, not the quality that matters.

BBC Learning is providing funding for the project, ensuring Britain In A Day reflects the diversity of the UK and inspires anyone and everyone to take part.

The documentary that will come out of it, produced by Ridley Scott (Life in a Day) and director Morgan Matthews, will premiere in cinemas and be broadcasted on BBC2 ahead of the London Olympics.

To find out more read our earlier post on this terrific idea or visit the BBC website.

On 11 November the 11 eleven project asks you to share a bit of your world

11 eleven project

The second project we found takes place on day earlier, on the 11 November, hence the name; 11 eleven project. Taking a little sidestep, praise to the guys behind it for creating an awesome website which must surely work in their advantage.

The difference with the BBC’s project is that this project is worldwide and allows users to share more than just video content.

If you wake up on 11 November while the birds are singing, then record the sound and submit it.

In fact, you can film, photograph, record some music, capture sounds, or blog and tweet. The world is your oyster. These submissions will all be used to create some, in their words, “awesome pieces of work”.

Obviously, we love the idea of a world music collection and photobook (which will include the blogs and tweets) but mostly we are interested in the 2 hour-long documentary that will be created and which will show “how the world lived on 11.11.11”, a once in a century opportunity.

What is also nice about this project is that the makers will be holding free screenings around the world on September 21, 2012. Not just in cinemas but wherever you want (as long you can get 100 viewers and you have suitable equipment such as a screen and speakers). After this the film will go on sale as a DVD and be downloadable. The proceedings from the project go to a selection of charities.

One day on Earth video archive

One day on Earth

The third and in our eyes most exciting project is One day on Earth. Not a newcomer to the scene of crowd sourced documentaries as they have their first documentary, which was shot on 10.10.10, coming out soon. To give you an idea we have added their incredible cool trailer below.

The project is the brainchild of a Kyle Ruddick and Brandon Litman, who actually were the firsts to come up with the concept of using the internet to amass footage from across the globe and turn it into a documentary.

In a recent interview with the NY Times the makers said: “We don’t want to just create a film. We’re trying to create a movement.” And that is what it appears to become. They have created a geographical online video archive and have built what can be described as a nearly 20.000 strong global online community.

This year the chosen date is, yes you guessed it right, 11.11.11.

“The power of creating and sharing videos as part of a community is inspiring,” said Ruddick. “Despite the 3000 hours of footage created by our 2010 collaboration, we know we just scratched the surface for how this type of project can educate and connect local and global conversations on important topics.”

To help secure footage from developing nations, and to increase the overall diversity of coverage, the team has partnered with the United Nations and more than 60 non-profit organizations and NGOs, including the International Red Cross and the World Wide Fund for Nature.

Hopefully one, or all three projects, will manage to inspire you to participate. Get your camera out and start filming people.

One Day on Earth – Motion Picture Trailer from One Day On Earth on Vimeo.


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Alexandra Zeevalkink is a Dutch-born journalist living in London who founded DocGeeks in August 2011 in order to have a legitimate excuse to watch every documentary under the sun. She freelances for various publications and writes mainly about documentaries and the film production industry. When she is not blogging or watching films, she enjoys theater, photography and reading loads of books. She is always on the look out for potential partnerships with other creative minds.

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