"Japan in a Day" marks one year since earthquake

Summary:Ridley Scott and Japanese filmmaker Takayuki Hayakawa begin their new "Japan in a Day" project, one year on from the Tohoku Earthquake, which calls for people to film their day and submit their videos.

Ridley Scott, director of classic blockbusters Gladiator, Alien, and Bladerunner, is working on a new crowdsourced documentary with veteran Japanese filmmaker Takayuki Hayakawa.

The new film, entitled "Japan in a Day", calls for participants to submit a video of their everyday life one year on from the Tohoku earthquake in Japan.

The project begins taking submissions today, and the only qualification is that all footage must be filmed between 12 midnight and 11.59 pm on March 11th. Submissions will be accepted until March 25th, and the final product will be available later in the year.

The project is a collaboration of Japan's Fuji Television Network and Ridley Scott's production company Scott Free Productions. It is intended to follow Scott's previous crowd sourced project "Life in a Day", released last year.

"Life in a Day" received over 80,000 submissions worldwide, and the creators hope this new project will be as successful.

Despite being titled "Japan in a Day" the invitation for submissions is open to the world, and as long as you are over 20 years old, you can contribute your own video.

Hayakawa explained that his motivation for the project was the feeling of helplessness he experienced following the disaster, and the desire to help others in any way he can.

He said, "This project is a way of sharing all of that, and seeing everyone's thoughts, hopes and memories of 3/11. I also wanted to know how everyone will spend the day, and with whom. I felt that this was a vital question."

The filmmakers are keen to make the documentary a communal effort, maximising the strengths of social networks to create a "social movie project."

In a video on the project's YouTube channel, Scott himself urges viewers to "grab a camera, get out there and film your day. Film anything, but most importantly, make it personal."

The channel has over 1,000 subscribers and climbing.

The collection process is completely organised online. Submissions can be made to the official website, and information and videos are available on the projects Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Today, all of Japan marked the first year since the Tohoku Earthquake, and came together for a minute silence at 2:46 pm local time, the exact time the disaster struck.

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