Seth Grant, who lives in Harris County with his wife, Sara, and their daughter, Sage, is one excited young man. I’ve known Seth for at least 10 years. I first met him when he had graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design and he had just come back from a trip to Australia.
He had filmed a lot of his trip and decided to make it into a documentary. It was shown in the Coca-Cola Space Science Center’s Omnisphere Theatre.
I think he’ll be the first to tell you that the movie was too long and his editing skills aren’t what they are now.
Over the years, he’d let me know what he was doing. He went to China to teach English as a second language and came back with a bride, Sara.
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Then he came to work for the Ledger-Enquirer for a few years. Now he’s a freelancer and has his own website.
Sara is in finance and works for a large insurance company that is not called Aflac.
All the while, he’s been shooting video, hoping to make another documentary.
Last year, YouTube had an intriguing proposition for aspiring filmmakers.
You know those gorgeous coffee table books that are called “A Day in the Life of America”? There’s one for Japan, the Soviet Union, Canada and many others. More than 200 professional photographers, including big name, award-winning ones, would go out on one specific day and shoot pictures in a 24-hour period.
That was the idea for “Life in a Day.” On July 24, 2010, filmmakers from around the world were supposed to shoot video about that day. It could be as mundane as brushing your teeth, or as life-changing as a funeral or wedding or birth of your child.
Seth said he sent in about 100 video clips that were as short as a few seconds and as long as a minute or two.
Three of his clips made the final cut.
Oh, it wasn’t some unknown people behind this. Oscar-nominated director Ridley Scott and Oscar-winning director (best documentary for “One Day in September” about the Munich Olympics massacre) Kevin MacDonald, produced the film.
The film will come out on July 24, and you’ll be hearing more about this film.
So mark your calendar to see the movie. I’m sure Carmike Cinemas will be showing it on one of its screens.
Seth and his family are planning a move to San Francisco at the end of the month. Sara’s company transferred her there.
I’m sure he’ll be back in town to see the documentary with his family.
Sandra Okamoto, sokamoto@ledger- enquirer.com or 706-571-8580.