Thursday, July 8, 2010

Ridley Scott Wants Your YouTube Videos

Filmmakers Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Blade Runner) and Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland) are launching an experiment in "user-generated filmmaking" - a joint venture with YouTube called "Life in a Day."

To participate in “Life in a Day,” people must film a snippet of their daily routine - 10 minutes max - on July 24. Video uploaded onto a special YouTube channel ( will be scrutinized by a team of editors. Macdonald, serving as director, and Scott, in a producer role, will bring selected clips together into a feature-length documentary of a single day on planet Earth.

Individuals whose video makes it into the finished film will be credited as co-directors. The top 20 contributors will be flown to the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, where the film will premiere out of competition.

More on this story can  be found in the New York Times' "Media Decoder" section.

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