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shoot some video today, maybe contribute to a Ridley Scott film

Today is the day of YouTube’s Life in a Day project. Details, from a press release:

Every day, 6.7 billion people view the world through their own unique lens. Imagine if there was a way to collect all of these perspectives and to mold them into the cohesive story of a single day on earth. On July 7, YouTube announced Life in a Day, a global film experiment that will attempt to do just that: document one day on earth (July 24, 2010), as seen through the eyes of people around the world. The project will be produced by Ridley Scott, directed by Kevin Macdonald, and filmed by…You!

Anyone in the world will have 24 hours to capture their life on camera. They 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) and upload the footage to www.youtube.com/lifeinaday. Kevin Macdonald, the Oscar-winning director of films such as The Last King of Scotland and One Day in September, will edit the most compelling footage into a feature-length documentary, to be executive produced by Ridley Scott, the director behind epic films like Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, and Robin Hood, and produced by Scott Free Productions. Individuals whose footage makes it into the film will be credited as co-directors and 20 of these contributors will be flown to Park City, Utah, for the film’s world premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

Director Kevin Macdonald on what he hopes for the film:

I want to get people to give me a little insight into their lives. I think that the Internet is a great metaphor and a creator of connectedness – the idea that you can ask hundreds of thousands of people all to contribute to a project, to communicate, and to learn. I hope this film will be reflective of the individualistic approach of contributors with many different points of view from around the world. I’m also hoping that this is going to be a kind of net for happy accidents – that all sorts of fantastic coincidences are going to happen around the world that nobody would have realised were coincidences unless we brought them all together in this film.

I don’t envy whoever has to slog through all that footage, but the resulting film should be intriguing.



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