When you look back on 2011, do you have a distinct memory of all 365 days? Maybe you took a bunch of random pictures or videos here and there and shared them with your friends and family. Madeline Schichtel of California took sharing her life to a whole new level. Schichtel is an L.A. artist and photographer who recorded a snippet of every day of last year and edited together a video. The final seven-and-a-half-minute movie combines about a second of each day into a montage that documents her life. What Schichtel meant to be a personal project to help her overcome her shyness and become more active has gone viral. The video on Vimeo titled "This Is What Madeline Did" even has its own soundtrack -- well, a one-song soundtrack featuring the LCD Soundsystem song "All My Friends." The clips feature a lot of her activities: going to concerts, having lunch with friends, taking music lessons, looking at a polar bear at the zoo, going to the movies, and hanging out with her pet cat.
Schichtel says that she never intended the video to be seen by anyone other than her family and friends. So far, "This Is What Madeline Did" has been viewed more than 300,000 times, and most people are giving her positive feedback. In response, Madeline says, "I hope this video inspires you to treasure every day you get and find the good, beautiful moments in even the worst days." Looks as if Schichtel has hit a nerve and already has people wanting more, with one person commenting: "Wow! This is too good. I hope to see 2012."
Now from the reactions to one silent personal movie to those about an award-winning international silent film.
Some movie attendees in England have been demanding refunds because "The Artist" has no dialogue and the screen is too small. The only problem is that the movie was intentionally made that way. "The Artist" is a throwback to the Golden Age of 1920s cinema -- it's a silent film, shot in black and white with a smaller screen size than we're used to today. It's already taken home three Golden Globes, including the award for best comedy or musical. Some critics are even predicting it to be an early favorite to win the Academy Award for best picture. Even with all of the buzz, Nicola Shearer, a moviegoer in Liverpool, was surprised when an usher asked her if she knew it was a silent film. Shearer replied, "Of course," and asked why the usher wanted to know. Well, a spokesperson confirmed that "the Odeon Liverpool ... has issued a small number of refunds to guests who were unaware that 'The Artist' was a silent film."
This is not the first time people were caught off-guard by a movie. Just last year, a woman from Michigan sued the distributor (as well as the theater she saw it in) of the movie "Drive" because she thought the Ryan Gosling movie did not feature enough driving and was anti-Semitic.