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YouTube wants your quarantine videos (and more) for Life in a Day 2020

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A decade ago, filmmakers Ridley Scott and Kevin Macdonald partnered with YouTube to invite people around the world to film themselves over a single day, with the resulting documentary, Life in a Day, capturing a tapestry of ordinary life across the globe as it was on July 24, 2010. Now, they need your help to do it again.

YouTube announced today that Scott and Macdonald are calling for submissions for a new documentary, Life in a Day 2020, which will once again weave together footage to tell the story of a single day on Earth. People worldwide are encouraged to film themselves on Saturday, July 25 (10 years and one day after the original’s filming date), and document their ordinary, day-to-day life — which, admittedly, is an unusual concept in these extraordinary times. (You can see submission guidelines and more here.)

“I guess any movie reflects its moment, whether you consciously want it to or not, but this even more so. I think it will be a time capsule for the ages,” Macdonald muses. “We’re living through this time of great political upheaval, and that’s maybe at the forefront of our thoughts. But for a lot of people, the lived day-to-day experience, which is what I’m hoping we’ll capture in the film, is not going to be about those big issues, at least not directly. It’s going to be about, you know, ‘it’s bath time for the baby,’ or, ‘what do I do on my Saturday off,’ or, ‘I don’t have enough food to eat, and here’s how I get by.’ I always say to people, ‘What’s boring to you, what’s normal to you, is gonna be fascinating to other people.'”

Life in a Day 2020 will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and on YouTube in 2021. Read on for more from Macdonald on what he hopes the film will accomplish, how the filmmakers shape thousands of hours of submissions into a coherent structure, and why a project like this is still unique in the social media age.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Were you planning on making a follow-up to Life in a Day before the pandemic hit?

KEVIN MACDONALD: We’d talked about it immediately after making the first one, and intermittently, I discussed it or it came up in conversation. But I think it only became real just around the time the pandemic hit — this would be three months ago. We were actually assuming, when we started talking, that the pandemic would be over by the time we came to our filming date, and it would not be a dominant aspect of people’s lives in the way that it still is.

What else went into the decision to do a follow-up film?

I grew up watching the Seven Up films by Michael Apted, and I always thought, “God, I would love to have done something like that.” I think this might be my version of that. I’m hoping that all the original contributors will film themselves again, and we’ll see how things have changed for them. And also, I’m hoping that we will get a much wider reach of people this time, because 10 years ago, 50% of the contributions were from the U.S. There were a lot of technological and economic reasons why that was the case — smartphones with video cameras, or actual video cameras, were more [common] in America. Now, you go pretty much anywhere in the world, everybody has a smartphone, sending photos and video of their baby to their aunts and their cousins.

On that note, social media has given us more and more access to people’s daily lives since the first film came out. What makes this project unique now that that sort of thing is much more ubiquitous?

What I’m hoping is that we can have a degree of integrity and honesty in the relationship people have to the camera, and what they film, that maybe social media doesn’t always apply. Many people’s social media is about presenting the perfect version of their lives and themselves. This is about honesty, and about simplicity. We want to see what life is really like for you. And it’s also about putting together the patterns, so we can see how things happening in one person’s social media feed are contrasted or echoed by what’s happening in Bangalore, or in Bangkok. That’s something that only a project like this can do.

How do you go about finding those patterns, and making something structured and coherent out of such a sheer volume of disconnected footage?

When we first did it, we had to invent a new way of editing, in a sense. We hired 25 or 30 assistants from all around the world, who spoke multiple languages. And as the material came in, we divided up, gave it to these assistant editors, and they catalogued it by key words and themes, and also, crucially, by quality. They would give it a star rating, from one to five. Five being, you know, “I’ll stake my children’s life on the fact that this is gonna be in the final film,” and one being, “Don’t even bother getting out of bed to watch this.”

The thing is, you know what the gold is when you see it: the character who really stands out, the person who says something so brutally honest and truthful that you’re just knocked back in your seat. And there’s not going to be a lot of that. That first time, there were four and a half thousand hours of material, and I think I watched 250 hours, which was all of the four- and five-star material. Any film you make, there are only a certain number of really golden moments.

What else did you learn from making the first film that you can apply this time around?

You know, when people started shooting their own lives to such a big extent, a lot of filmmakers felt quite threatened. Like, “Oh my God, what’s special about what we do?” But I think [Life in a Day] made me realize that actually, us filmmakers do have a skill to be able to tell a story, and not everyone can do that. And I think that the beauty of this is that, even if you can’t tell a story, you can shoot something which can be part of this bigger story. We encourage people not to cut the material they send us. Just send us the raw material, and then we can help them find the story, or where that fits into the jigsaw puzzle of the piece.

What do you want to say to people who might want to participate?

This is gonna be a rare opportunity to make a film which is an act of generosity to the world. And also, which is an even rarer opportunity, to make a kind of experimental poem financed by a big corporation. It’s a genuine piece of art, as well as being a time capsule of our times. And so I hope that people who are interested in human beings like I am, interested in recording the beauty and the mysteries of ordinary life, will take part, but also people who are aspiring filmmakers or are filmmakers, who want to shoot something. I hope that they’ll feel that there’s something exciting about the idea of this, and worthwhile.

This interview has been edited and condensed.

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Tiger Shroff Shares Reel From His First Photoshoot, Claims ‘Nothing Much Changed Except Facial Hair’

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Bollywood action star and fitness enthusiast Tiger Shroff has shared a picture from his very first photoshoot. Tiger shared the monochrome motion picture on Instagram, with the caption: “Fresh outta school…one of my first shoots…not much changed…other than the facial hair #eyesontheprize.” Tiger Shroff Pulls Off His Favourite Flying Kick Move with Such Ease (Watch Video)

The actor often shares videos of his martial arts practice and gym workouts, besides selfies, on social media. On the work front, he will next be seen in “Ganapath”, in a tough and rugged avatar. The action film set in a post-pandemic dystopian era. Shooting for the project will begin in 2021. Tiger Shroff v/s John Abraham – Which ‘Desi Boy’ Has Your Attention in Yellow Trunks?

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The film produced by Jackky Bhagnani is planned as the first film of a franchise.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Nov 25, 2020 12:27 AM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).





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Bigg Boss 14 November 24 Episode: Aly Goni Pays a Huge Prize for Getting Violent Towards Captain Kavita Kaushik – 6 Highlights of BB 14

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Your daily dose of Bigg Boss 14 is here! Talking about tonight’s (Nov 24) episode, the main highlight was surely the big fight between captain Kavita Kaushik and Aly Goni. However, the interesting takeaway from the episode was how Bigg Boss proved that violent behaviour of any kind would not be entertained and so Aly’s tod-fod led him to pay a huge prize. Apart from this, equations and dynamics also have started fluctuating inside the house. Incase, you missed the drama, here’s the highlight from BB 14. Bigg Boss 14 November 23 Episode: Nominations See Contestants Battle Each Other, Kavita Kaushik Calls Rahul Vaidya A ‘Bekaar Singer’ – 5 Highlights of BB14 Episode.

The Ghostly Vibe…

The show starts with Eijaz Khan and Pavitra Punia discovering at night that the gas flame is on and there’s tawa on it. The two tells the same thing in the morning to all other inmates and they agree that Bigg Boss 14’s house has some ghostly vibes. Eijaz to this adds that he is freaking scared as he sleeps in the living area.

Bigg Boss Gives A Special Power To Kavita Kaushik

After seeing how rules are being back-to-back broken by a few inmates in the house, Bigg Boss gives a special power to captain Kavita Kaushik wherein she needs to punish the culprits by taking away their personal items/essentials. FYI, it was during Kavita’s captaincy Aly Goni, Abhinav Shukla, Eijaz Khan, Jasmin Bhasin were seen stealing luxuries items. If Kavita comes out as a winner in this task, she will get a chance to fight as a candidate for the next captaincy.

Kavita and Aly Goni’s Ugly Fight

Nikki Tamboli tells Kavita that she should first take away essential items of Aly as he was the one who gave Pavitra Punia chocolates (luxury item). The captain goes to the bathroom area and picks Aly’s trimmer and puts it in the huge box kept in the garden area. This irks Goni and he takes his trimmer back. Amid this, the two start arguing wherein the captain’s baap comment fumes Aly and he gets violent towards Kavita. She gets hurt and so demands Aly’s elimination.

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Abhinav Shukla anad Rubina Dilaik Fight

Amid this, Rubina goes to Kavita and asks her if she needs the first aid, but this leads to an argument between the two where the latter blames her for being sympathetic. This irks Abhinav Shukla and he tells Rubina, what was the need to approach her and that’s how the husband-wife fight. Bigg Boss 14: Jaan Kumar Sanu Is Not Interested in Being Friends With Nikki Tamboli After the Show (Onhike Exclusive). 

Kavita Removes Her Mic

Ahead, we see Kavita wanting justice from Bigg Boss over the whole violence by Aly in the task. She becomes adamant and tells to BB that she will not play the task until and unless the decision is been declared. She even removes her mic and cries.

Bigg Boss Nominates Aly Goni

After the mayhem, Bigg Boss finally comes to the rescue and declares Aly’s violent act as ‘nirashajanak‘. That’s not as, as BB also warns and nominates Goni for the next week.

That’s it, guys! This were the top five highlights from tonight’s episode of Bigg Boss. It will now be interesting to see what the upcoming days will see inside the house. Stay tuned!

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Nov 25, 2020 12:06 AM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).





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Sofia Hayat Angry on Comparisons With Sana Khan, Says ‘I Am More Spiritual in My Nudity Than Fully Dressed’

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Sofia Hayat Angry on Comparisons With Sana Khan, Says ‘I Am More Spiritual in My Nudity Than Fully Dressed’




A month after announcing her departure from the entertainment industry, Sana Khan took the internet by a storm once again when she announced her marriage with Anas Sayed recently. The couple got hitched on November 20 in an intimate wedding and have become the talk of the town. She also got compared to Former Bigg Boss contestant Sofia Hayat as well. Many people on the internet called Sana the next Sofia Hayat as well. Reacting to this, former singer Sofia Hayat has now reacted to these baseless analogies. Sofia Hayat Responds to the Claims of Hurting Religious Sentiments Due to Her Semi-Nude Instagram Pic.

Sofia expressed her anger and explained how spirituality can mean different things to different people. In an exclusive chat with SpotboyE, the singer said, “I am fed up with my comparison to Sana Khan. What is wrong with some people. They think spirituality is all about what dress you wear! When I was a nun, I did not have sex for 18 months.”

She went on to say, “Now, I do not wear my nun’s outfit every day…does not make me less spiritual. I am more spiritual in my nudity than fully dressed, low-minded, and low vibrational people, do not understand this. I have not had sex in 3 years. I am still Mother Sofia and still spiritual.’

For the uninitiated, Sofia had announced that she is converting into a nun back in 2016. However, a year after this announcement, she married Romanian interior designer, Vlad Stanescu. The couple parted ways in 2018 after Sofia accused Vlad of infidelity. Sana Khan Quits Showbiz: Muzamil Ibrahim, Ridhi Dogra, Divya Agarwal, Salman Yusuff Khan Support Former Bigg Boss Contestant.

As for Sana, before announcing her retirement from films, she was in the news for her relationship with Melvin Louis. The actress had accused the choreographer of cheating on her and duping money from several girls. She claimed that Melvin had even tried to forcefully have intimate relationships with many of his students.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Nov 24, 2020 11:48 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).





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