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People in Film | Kevin MacDonald
Posted December 14, 2010 to photo album "People in Film | Kevin MacDonald"
The Eagle director Kevin MacDonald, whether doing historical epics or Oscar-winning documentaries, has a keen sense of what is real.
Kevin Macdonald | Finding the Real World Out There
The first of his two 2011 films, Kevin Macdonald's A Day in the Life premieres this January at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. And, he didn't shoot a frame of it. (Or, at least, that was the original plan — we’ll have to wait to see whether it turns out to be true.) On July 24, 2010, Macdonald along with producer Ridley Scott, Sundance and YouTube put out the call to everyday people to film that day in their lives. The finished "crowd sourced" film will be comprised of all those fragments. But how will they tie together? Before the project's start, Macdonald said he planned on a few organizing principles. The first would be temporal — the clips would be arranged, loosely, from dusk to dawn. The second would be musical; Macdonald would work with composer Matthew Herbert who would use the sounds of the clips as compositional material. The third would be thematic. "What are people going to film?" mused Macdonald in an interview with Moviefone. "Am I going to get 10,000 people brushing their teeth or taking their dog for a walk? In some ways, that could be amazing — 10,000 people taking their dog for a walk, cutting from one to the other, seeing the different environments they're in and the different dogs. That could tell you a huge amount about life today and be very entertaining."