YouTube is enlisting a world of YouTubers--and directors Ridley Scott and Kevin Macdonald--to help it create "Life in a Day," a totally user-generated feature-length documentary. The video hub is asking its users to contribute "a snapshot of your life on camera,"--snippets of video shot on July 24 to the project.
"You can film the ordinary--a sunrise, the commute to work, a neighborhood soccer match, or the extraordinary--a baby's first steps, your reaction to the passing of a loved one, or even a marriage," writes Tim Partridge, a YouTube product marketing manager, on the company's blog.
Users have until July 31 to contribute to the project by uploading video to YouTube's "Life in a Day" channel. All video--used or not in the final product--will be archived on the channel. The final version of the film will debut at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2011. Twenty contributors will join Macdonald at Sundance for the debut, and any user whose content is included will be listed as a co-director.
“Life In A Day is a time capsule that will tell future generations what it was like to be alive on the 24th of July, 2010," said Macdonald. "It's a unique experiment in social filmmaking, and what better way to gather a limitless array of footage than to engage the world's online community.”
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