Photographic Essays by Cormac Scanlan

This photoblog, Photographic Essays by Cormac Scanlan, features photography experiments by photographer Cormac Scanlan, who is based in Suffolk, in the UK. Through his photography Cormac explores a wide range of styles and subject matters, always trying to reflect his thoughts and feelings in the way he shoots things.

Monday, 13 February 2012

Britain in a Day with Cormac & Vanessa

Britain in a Day updates? Hoping to hear back soon...

For those who don't know, Britain in a Day is a the follow up Ridley Scott and Kevin Macdonald's Life in Day, which was a worldwide project to create a film from footage taken by members of the public on Saturday July 24th 2010, and uploaded to YouTube for review. My girlfriend Vanessa and I filmed a lot of footage that day and after several months the creators got in contact saying they liked liked it. They asked us to upload our HD footage to their FTP site which was pretty exciting at the time.

Sadly, the footage we submitted didn't get used in the end, but it was encouraging to be considered for it, somewhere close to the final cut. When put together, the finished film turned out to be a very moving experimental movie which managed to touch on the genre bounds of both documentary filmmaking and non-narrative film without comfortably fitting into either category. Like most films of this nature, it was received to very mixed acclaim, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and would highly recommend checking it out on YouTube. If nothing else, it's very seldom you see a feature film distributed on the internet completely free and completely legal.

After the success of Life in a Day, the team responsible have decided to do a follow up in Britain, so on Saturday November 12th 2011 Vanessa and I found ourselves filming our day again. We did a lot of timelapse photography at home and took a walk in Freston Woods, near to where we live in Ipswich before cuttings the clips together into a single short film and putting onto YouTube.

It remains to be seen whether or not the team will like what we've done for Britain in a Day, but I am hopeful. For some reason I had been wondering about the progress of the project this evening (having not heard anything), so I had a look around the internet. There doesn't seem to be much in the way of updates on the project, but they do have an awful lot of footage to get through, so I guess no news isn't necessarily a bad thing at this point.

Our video is below and shared in HD quality if anyone fancies a watch (click on the cog icon to view it in 720p or 1080p)...

Please note: The rules of entry were quite specific about not being allowed to do anything but the bare minimum in terms of video editing, hence the rough nature of the cut.

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