Final chapter of "One Day on Earth" trilogy filmed worldwide

Wed Dec 12, 2012 7:50pm EST
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By Peter Rudegeair

NEW YORK (Reuters) - What began two years ago as an attempt to document on video one day's events all over the world has evolved into a network of tens of thousands of filmmakers able to provide a glimpse into experiences of people living in war zones, closed societies and otherwise inaccessible places.

Some 34,000 volunteer members of the One Day on Earth project, the organization leading the effort to create a series of global video time capsules, filmed scenes around the world on Wednesday - December 12, 2012 - that will be aggregated and edited to create a feature-length snapshot of the world that day, the organizers said.

The film will be the third in a trilogy. Previous installments used video captured on November 11, 2011, and October 10, 2010.

What distinguishes this latest movie, and what sets One Day on Earth apart from similar documentaries like Ridley Scott's 2011 film "Life in a Day," is the social network of filmmakers that the project helped establish in places like Libya and North Korea and can now tap going forward to obtain hard-to-come-by video, co-founders Brandon Litman and Kyle Ruddick said.

The organization has provided more than 1,000 cameras to its volunteer filmers.

In 2011, for instance, when news organizations were struggling to find footage of the uprising in Libya, One Day on Earth solicited contributions from its members in the country. Within hours, responses came in from Tripoli and Benghazi.

Filmmakers on the ground there were soon sending videos showing scenes of unrest, food shortages and the need for medical care that were passed onto media outlets, Litman said.

"Libya was an experiment," Ruddick told Reuters. "It was the moment we realized that this project had bigger legs than we could have imagined."   Continued...