How Can I See the Films?
How Long is a Moment?
This is debatable. In my view a real 100% bona fide 'moment' is around
5 seconds long, as in 'For a moment there I thought you were gonna kiss
the girl.' That having been said, humans have really only been around for
a 'brief moment in time, when considering the entire life span of the Earth.'
In this case a 'moment' becomes thousands of years, so lets just say it's
how we like it - open to interpretation. For the purpose of our films, each
filmmaker was instructed to film for exactly 20 minutes. We chose this amount
of time because while it remains just a blip in time, it is long enough
for a story to develop within any given moment - if someone is skydiving,
it is long enough for them to fly over their drop zone, jump and have their
parachute open. If someone is waking up, it is long enough for them to shower,
shave and tie a tie. In this way, not only do we see individual moments
juxtaposed against one another in simultaneity, but we see a development
within each of those moments.
Over the years while working on other people's films we made a lot of contacts.
We started with these and grew the base through extensions to these people's
own friends in the filmmaking industry. In addition starting in January
2004 we spammed the world using the Internet, searching for potential shooters
and sending hundreds of emails in every direction, trying to find interested
people in far-flung places to participate with us. Some of the email exchanges
are very entertaining culturally and otherwise and we will try to make them
available later on as time permits. Almost everyone who heard about the
project came back with a great deal of enthusiasm. This enthusiasm has helped
push us through the tougher stretches, like scrounging for the money to
make it happen.
Has Something Like This Ever Been Done Before?
Back in the mid-1980's, phenomenal business-photographer duo Rick Smolan
and David Cohen, organized A Day in the Life of America™ in which
some 200 photographers took pictures across America on a single day. I actually
think this was the third book they had done in a series, so the other ones
must have been made back in the day, right about when I was born. This team
has had incredible success capturing unique bits of life in a given time
period. I don't know what similar projects were done prior to them as that
was before my time.
So What Makes Satellite Films' "A Moment on Earth" Unique?
Satellite Films' 'A Moment on Earth' is the first project of its kind to capture a single period of time in multiple locations throughout the world in a motion picture medium. Film as a medium has many unique attributes, such as the ability to immediately juxtapose one moment with another - like flipping from page 34 immediately to page 65 - racking the brain if you will. The juxtapositions are great and say what words cannot. The film represents a huge collaboration on the part of so many individuals each of whom had the freedom to choose what they wanted to focus on during the moment. "A Moment on Earth" is also unique because it was facilitated slowly, nearly entirely at night after work and with little cash. As a result, it has a raw and real-life-chaos-and-beauty feel that is hard to capture any other way. We hope you like it.
Why aren't there more women on the 'Moment' film team?
According to the book "Great Women of Film" by Helena Lumme, in the section "Women Working in Film Today," Martha M. Lauzen states that just 2% of cinematographers are women. This statistic was as of the year 2000, so it can't be too far off from the present. Since over 11% of Satellite Films' "Moment on Earth" team were women, in actuality we are beating the statistical average by more than 5x. Karin Victorin (Sweden), Alexandra Young (birth), Joanne Levitan (South Africa), Carolina Vila (Venezuela), Alison Hayes (Pacific Ocean), Fiona Summers (South Africa) and Theresa Baron (Skydive) all represented during A Moment on Earth.
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