Sunday, July 24, 2011
During this past week of both celebrating birthdays and escaping heat, I have found myself at more restaurants than usual, watching those at neighboring tables spend the great portion of their time interacting alone with their own jewel-encrusted phones. Three teen sisters never once spoke to one another. They texted, the three of them alone on their phones, through the lemonade, the salads, and the shared dessert.
How do people spend their time?
How is a day delivered and consumed by a gardener, say, in Dubai, or by a man who is in radiant love? Yesterday, I read a story I encourage you to read about the making of a documentary film based entirely on YouTube footage. The story, which appears in the July 24, 2011 New York Times Magazine, was written by Adam Sternbergh and is subtitled "How more than 80,000 videos and 4,500 hours of raw footage turned into one unexpectedly emotional 95-minute movie." The film, produced by Ridley and Tony Scott, was edited by Joe Walker. From the story:
"I noticed fairly early on that a lot of men with very good cameras were taking beautiful pictures of their very beautiful girlfriends backlit in parks," Walker says. So they tagged all those clips "My Beautiful Girlfriend" and built a montage out of them. Other tags included "Ablutions" and "Footwork." "So many people shot their own feet walking, we could have made a continuous 12-hour film out of people walking," he said. "We could have made a film out of watermelons. We could have made a film entirely shot by women named Linda...."Read the whole story. Watch a few of the clips here. And ask yourself what film you'd make about the life that you are living.