When I was a grad student in film school, we were still shooting on 16mm B&W film and cutting it by hand on a Steenbeck flatbed, using a splicer and tape. I lost a couple of fingernails to the splicer, but it seemed like a worthwhile sacrifice, as my editor and I deliberated over each frame, making sure the story was just right. In retrospect, our attention to detail seemed obsessive for what was essentially a homework assignment, but for me and my classmates, it always came down to one thing: telling a story that captivates audiences.
Having spent several years working in independent film as a creative executive, I’ve had the good fortune to regularly attend festivals such as Sundance and Toronto, where dozens of documentaries have visibly entertained, educated and, most importantly, moved audiences. Seeing real people through the eyes of a gifted storyteller can be transformative.
Since joining the Hulu team, I’ve been working day and night to uncover the most enthralling and engaging stories, some scripted, some not, that we could uniquely bring to our audience. When I learned that Morgan Spurlock had an idea to capture a day in the life of fascinating people, I knew that was a docu-series we had to make.
This series, A Day in the Life, lets us all be a fly on the wall, observing distinctive individuals leading unique lives, as told through the lens of one of today’s most innovative documentarians. Whether it’s Russell Peters reinventing comedy for a new generation, or will.i.am expressing his passion for fashion, each half-hour episode gives us a close-up of what makes these fascinating people tick.
Spurlock’s titles like Super Size Me, 30 Days, and Where in the World is Osama bin Laden have all been Hulu user favorites over the years, and we hope that Morgan Spurlock fans, documentary fans, and all Hulu fans will relish the humor, candor, and intimacy of this six-episode series. The show launches on Hulu and the Hulu Plus subscription service on August 17th, and new episodes will roll out every Wednesday.
A Day in the Life is the beginning of a new Hulu initiative designed to support creatively and financially the work of independent storytellers like Spurlock, his producing partner Jeremy Chilnick and their team at Warrior Poets. We look forward to bringing our users more unique stories in the future.