The goal, inspired by a sacred music festival where musicians from around the world played together without prior collaboration, was to create a worldwide cinema event where thousands of filmmakers would shoot film on Oct. 10, 2010 (10/10/10) during the same 24-hour period.
The footage was then edited and put together in a documentary film that will have a free screening during the Park City Film Series on Thursday, Oct. 11, in the Jim Santy Auditorium.
Park City resident Hunter Metcalf, who is on the Park City Film Series board of directors, is one of the contributing filmmakers for "One Day on Earth."
His piece is only about 10 seconds long, but is comprised of footage he shot of the late Jim Santy's memorial service.
"Jim was my band teacher when I was in elementary school and I thought the service would be the perfect thing for my footage, because I could show off Park City a little bit," Metcalf said. "And it would be able to give me something to remember Jim by."
Metcalf became involved with the project after nudged by a woman he knew while working with a nonprofit organization called Creative Vision Foundation.
"They promote creative activism from around the world and it was all based off an incident where a photographer for Reuters new service was killed in South Africa during one of the many military conflicts," Metcalf said. "He was into art and photography, and I got attached to Creative Vision Foundation in helping present his artwork."
Ruddick contacted Creative Vision Foundation seeking sponsorship and to help push his film forward.
"I didn't think too much of it, but got connected to take part," Metcalf said. "I didn't know what I was going to shoot, but when that day came, it turned out to be the memorial service for Jim Santy at the Eccles Center and I thought it would be perfect. "
Metcalf submitted his footage to Ruddick and promptly forgot about it.
"For six months, there was zero communication, which is understandable because they received more than 3,000 hours of footage, which takes quite a while to go through," he said. "Anyway, I got a note asking if I had the original footage because we want to use it in the film. So, I sent it to them, thinking 'Wow, out of 3,000 hours, they want to use my footage.'"
Like before, Metcalf didn't hear a word for a few months.
"Then I get another notice saying that my footage made the final cut," he said. "I come to find out that my clip, which mentions Jim by name is in the film. Needless to say, I was super stoked to be part of it and make the final cut."
After more months went by, Metcalf took the initiative and contacted Ruddick a few months ago to see if he was going to finish the film.
"I told him I was on the board of the Park City Film Series and I told him that we were putting together our calendar and that we would love to screen the film," he said. "And here we are today. It seems so fitting that the film will be screened in the Jim Santy Auditorium."
After seeing the film, Metcalf said he loves Ruddick's concept.
"In the final cut they are able to show how many incredible things are happening in a single minute of just one day," Metcalf said. "I mean, a lot of people who live here don't think about what's happening in Europe, or New York City or wherever it is. Not until you get to see this film that you see amazing things happen on a daily basis.
"It kind of shows us how even though we are different, we are very much the same," he said.
The Park City Film Series will present a free screening of Kyle Ruddick's "One Day on Earth" on Thursday, Oct. 11, in the Jim Santy Auditorium in the Park City Library and Education Center, 1255 Park Ave., at 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.parkcityfilmseries.com.