What Do You Think About San Diego's Future?
April 15, 2014 12:58 p.m.
Kyle Ruddick, Founder/Director, One Day on Earth
Jodi Cilley, Founder, Film Consortium San Diego
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MAUREEN CAVANAUGH: This is KPBS Midday Edition, I am Maureen Cavanaugh. What do you think this future holds for San Diego? A video project hopes to give us a glimpse into the future trying book promising the problems post facing our city. Producers of the documentary are teaming up for One Day on Earth. I would like to welcome I guess Kyle Ruddick, founder and director of the One Day on Earth documentary, Kyle welcome to the program.
KYLE RUDDICK: Hi, thank you.
MAUREEN CAVANAUGH: And Jodi Cilley is San Diego film maker and founder of the Film Consortium in San Diego. Welcome back to the program.
JODI CILLEY: Thank you for having me.
MAUREEN CAVANAUGH: You are the director of One Day on Earth, a lot of people are familiar with that documentary but those who aren't, tell us a little bit about the project.
KYLE RUDDICK: Sure, it was a crazy idea I had back in 2008. It was what is huge ideas that you think it's a great idea but it grew legs because I started telling people about it and that idea was how people in every country in the world possible filmed during one day and submit their footage together through the website and make a movie out of that and two years later by October 10, 2010, we actually pull that off. We built an online social network and community and forged partnerships with sixteen other nonprofits around the world and the United Nations and Red Cross and the world wide web fund and through just an enormous effort of people outside of myself, we managed to pull moving together to film in every country in the world and this project is very similar but it's based around the city. And so, we had this opportunity organically with people in our community doing citywide events. Because this all we're doing, just because they saw what we're all we're doing globally and they took the idea and did it. This is an opportunity more recently where we are able to focus on eleven cities around the country.
MAUREEN CAVANAUGH: San Diego being one of them. Jody, will happen on April 26 as part of this one-day event?
JODI CILLEY: On April 26 people all over the city and in ten other cities will take up their cameras and film their ideas of what the future of San Diego means and that is kind of open, there are opportunities to something tapping those days that day is such as events to my interviews or other footage that really takes this idea and expands upon in different areas, whether it be transportation for education, whether it be family or community, it's an opportunity to film one day in our city and step back at a future point and look at that. And see what that means, and what that expenses.
MAUREEN CAVANAUGH: And Kyle?
KYLE RUDDICK: What is so awesome about this sort of project is that I have my dreams and hopes of what people might do but what they do is so much better. What is so interesting is that getting so many people inspired to tell their story and tell a story that matters to them, I what I am always excited about are the things that we did not think of. That we have not heard of yet, have come through the door and exposed in interesting issue or character. Or place, there is just endless things on her own block that I know could be there entire documentary.
MAUREEN CAVANAUGH: And you have on your website in question to inspire people to begin to think about what it is they would like to show, what kind of stories that would like to tell. Can you give us a couple of those questions that might start people thinking about what it is they would like to show in their videos?
KYLE RUDDICK: Yes, there are three categories and the first would be more about the love of your city and what you love about your city and a few variations on that. The second category is couples, and challenges. I think that what it was, what was the worst thing that could happen to your city, the worst threat. Categories in the future and I think when my favorite questions is what you hope for the future of your city in twenty years? What could inform that story? When people start thinking twenty years down the road that actually invested. Even if they are just opening up their mind to that process, where are we going to be in twenty years? To me that is the most exciting thing.
MAUREEN CAVANAUGH: What is going to happen with all of this video footage?
KYLE RUDDICK: That is a great question, people participate in the will upload their videos after the film date and they have a month to do so at OnedayatSan Diego.org. Every video that is uploaded, we as a video that form and it gets to your tag map across the city, not just building an eventual TV show here, we're actually building an interactive archive so everyone can see how each other has participated, and how everyone can directly connected with each other if they participate in the project, the interactive archive is a real key piece of where this video goes and it also informs us on the editorial side because the goal through all of the cities we are making a three-part series on the future of the American city. And that is going to be informed immensely by how people tag and talk about the video. Using the social aspect to actually form the edit.
MAUREEN CAVANAUGH: And that three-part documentary series that will result from this ten city a day project, it will air on most PBS stations including here at KPBS. That a lot of the technical information on your side to tell people what kind of cameras to use and let me just run through a couple of them, I know a lot of people listen to this will be wondering. Do need a special camera to take part in this?
JODI CILLEY: You can actually use whatever camera you have rather that be that camera on your cell phone to a smaller store-bought point and shoot to professional reduction, protect professional cameras with experienced crew. It can be anybody and it can be with the tools that you actually have access to.
MAUREEN CAVANAUGH: Will it need to be edited video?
KYLE RUDDICK: We don't require editing, but we say to own this. What will best represent your dissipation in the project? It is just one interview that is inspiring that is fine, a lot of people that I think are like the outliers that are amazing, they turn this into short films and they discover something that means so much to them. They had hope. It's been a couple of weeks on end, and on the weekends, but together what then becomes almost a done short film.
MAUREEN CAVANAUGH: Who owns the footage?
KYLE RUDDICK: Individual participants. We just take a license for One Day on Earth to use, like the archive in the TV show that we are very clear about the fact that this is your production and so, if you are professional out there and you want to use it as stock or you want to use it in your own film or you want this to be part of your own future film that you did not know was going to happen yet, that is totally okay. In fact we want to support that and celebrate that.
MAUREEN CAVANAUGH: And to be clear, this is not actually have to be just images as Kyle was saying. If you want to film somebody talking or some sort of an event where people are speaking, that is great. That is what you want to do, right?
JODI CILLEY: It is pretty open to what people think it means to them and what it means to them. Whether it is a birthday, it can be a wedding, it can be a musical event that that you are in at the moment. It can be time lapse of the city, it can be arial footage or footage that you have, it can be interviews, it can be following somebody and seeing what their day looks like. It can be you talking about what you think is the future of the city, it's really open to the individual to determine what they want from the film.
MAUREEN CAVANAUGH: My last question to you Kyle, you described the One Day on Earth project as a movement, what is the movement for?
KYLE RUDDICK: Well, it's a movement for us to think about participating and creating together things that we could not have before. The technology is allowing us to interview and make productions, and interactive projects, and tell stories were not capable of prior to this moment. That is exciting because we are on a new frontier there.
MAUREEN CAVANAUGH: Want to let everyone know if you want more information about the one day in San Diego video project, it takes place on Saturday, April 26 and you can find out more about it KPBS.org/onedayinSD. I've been speaking with Kyle Ruddick, he is the One Day on Earth director. And San Diego film maker and producer Jodi Cilley. You've been listening to KPBS, thank you both so much.