Ever heard of the One Day On Earth project? Me neither. But it sounds pretty cool.
On one designated day, thousands of filmmakers across the globe set out to record their communities. The resulting footage is uploaded, mapped and made available for viewing, allowing digital travelers to take in the sights and sounds of one day, from all corners of the Earth.
Nifty, huh? That day was April 26, 2014. The New York City version of the project – creatively titled One Day in New York City – gave the filmmakers an additional prompt. They asked participants to film stories that investigate one or more of 10 specific questions about New York City, such as “Why are you in your city?”, “What is the worst thing that could happen to your city?” and “How are people changing the future of your city?”
I learned about this project when I stumbled across the above video, which I thought was nifty on its own. Uploaded by Vimeo user “czechyorker” as a submission to the project, it’s a cool time lapse of the waves coming ashore on Coney Island beach. The filmmaker notes that it was filmed at 6 a.m. in an attempt to capture the sunrise, but the day turned out to be too gray for that.
And that’s okay, because anyone and everyone goes for the sunrise. But I think the sullen weather lends some drama and poignancy if it’s considered an answer to the questions above. (Why am I in the city? Pretty beach. What is the worst thing that could happen to your city? Oh, you know, pretty ocean rising to wash the whole damn place away.)