Ridley Scott to produce Japan in a Day

Following the success of the worldwide crowdsourced documentary film Life in a Day, Ridley and Tony Scott plan to turn their attention to Japan…

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Life in a Day was a Sundance Film Festival hit back in 2011, comprised of video clips filmed around the world on a single day (24th July 2010) and submitted via YouTube. The Last King Of Scotland‘s Kevin Macdonald directed the film, which was produced by Scott Free Productions.

Now it seems that the Scott brothers are keen to shift their focus over to Japan, using the same format to explore a singular day in the lives of those residing in the East Asian country. The day which they have chosen for filming to take place is 11th March 2012 – the day on which Japan was hit by an earthquake and tsunami just last year. They’ve also teamed up with Fuji, who will donate 200 cameras to those in the areas which were worst affected by 2011’s natural disaster, as well as submitting their own coverage of the day. Profits from the film, which will début at cinemas worldwide, will also go towards the victims.

However, there is no word as to whether Macdonald will be returning to direct the production – it is possible that he will be busy directing his upcoming feature How I Live Now, which is based on the wartime novel by Meg Rosof and stars Saoirse Ronan.

Macdonald was, on the other hand, on board as an executive producer for the UK follow-up to Life In A Day, Britain in a Day, which was filmed by members of the public on the 12th November last year. The film will be broadcast on BBC2 as part of the Cultural Olympiad later this year.

Will the unusual ‘…in a Day‘ format be one which can continue to keep audiences hooked? Or will these follow-up films take away from the innovative appeal of the original? We’ll just have to wait to find out. Meanwhile, you can take a look at the trailer for Japan in a Day below:

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