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5 seconds in a Life In A Day
Andy Warhol is often quoted as saying that everyone will be famous for 15 minutes. Today is my turn. Only instead of 15 minutes, I'll probably only get 4 or 5 seconds. And, although I am not sure exactly what shape those few seconds will take, I have a pretty good idea that my momentary fame might cause a little bit of embarrassment for myself -- and possibly Fresno as well. O' lucky me.
Last summer I participated in "Life In A Day," an experimental film project -- the first user-generated feature-length documentary ever -- from producer Ridley ("Gladiator" / "Alien") Scott and director Kevin ("The Last King of Scotland") MacDonald about life all over our planet on July 24, 2010. Out of more than 80,000 submitted video clips, mine made it into the final 100 hours of footage being considered for the film. Two weeks ago I received a letter confirming that some of my footage is in the final film, which debuts at the Sundance Film Festival tonight and which will be shown simultaneously on YouTube at 5 p.m.
While it's kind of exciting to know that I'm part of a real "movie," the filmmakers did not tell me which portion of my video was included in the film. That leads me to guess. I've watched my clip several times. It's not that exciting. It was just a routine summer Saturday. But there is one moment I captured and included that sort of stands out. I went into this project planning to document my entire day. While that sort of fell by the wayside, I DID manage to get some video of me sitting on the toilet -- and I'm almost positive that must be what the filmmakers used in the movie. It was surprising, yet "real" -- and who else bothered to record that aspect of their day? Not many, I'm sure.
If that shot is what is used (and i really hope it isn't), well... you can't really see my face. That's probably a GOOD thing. Right? Because this project was a global experiment, I realize that I'm not just representing myself -- but, for better or worse, I'm also representing Fresno. As far as I know, I'm the only person from the area whose footage was included in the final film. Fresno has the reputation for being a "sh*thole." Well, if it's the toilet shot that is used, I guess I'm NOT helping the matter any. (Actually I was living in Clovis at the time, but still...it's the "Fresno area.") Oops! Sorry.
I know it can't be much more than a brief clip from my submission that made it into the film because I was not one of the 26 people that were apparently featured prominently in the film as this article mentions.
In the email I received about my inclusion in the film I was asked: "please don't post about it on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook or on your blog until after the 27 January." What I find interesting is that they never made mention of me telling anyone face-to-face. I guess that doesn't happen much anymore, huh? I've kept my silence, but decided to blab today. Why? Because if I waited until after the 27th, anyone who was interested in seeing it would MISS it. (Well, that's not true. It will actually be repeated tomorrow night at 6 p.m.).
Oh well... I guess I should keep my day job. I don't think the "guy on the toilet" is going to be the breakout star. Ha! There go my 15 minutes ...er, 5 seconds of fame right down the toilet.
To view the Life In A Day film, go to http://www.youtube.com/lifeinaday at 5 p.m. tonight (Jan. 27) to see it streamed live or at 7 p.m. tomorrow (Jan. 28) for an encore presentation.
Below is my original entry (with added music) for the Life In A Day project (and, really, it's not that interesting):