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  • Sundance Institute: life in a day

    from Ridley Scott, Kevin Macdonald & YouTube

    By | July 7, 2010

    Filmmakers: Have you ever dreamed of premiering your next film at the Sundance Film Festival? Well now’s your chance. YouTube, director/producer Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator) and director Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland, State of Play) have teamed up to create Life in a Day; a user content-driven documentary which will debut at Sundance 2011.

    The film experiment calls on users to film a day in their life on July 24, and upload the final product to the YouTube channel. Then Kevin Macdonald will splice together the pieces into a feature length documentary that will premiere next Janruary in Park City, Utah.

    To insure that this is a world effort, Scott Free (Ridley Scott’s production company) is sending out 500 cameras to NGOs and non-profit organizations in 20 different counties. On the same note, Macdonald has hired ten multi-lingual assistant editors to whittle everything down to usable content by language and origins, which will then go to Macdonald and a co-editor to find a cohesive, unifying story for the documentary. Twenty contributors whose content is selected as most valuable, will be flown out to the festival for the film’s premiere.

    YouTube will release the film online the same day as the film’s festival premiere. Scott Free, will maintain the rights to the final film.) Twenty select users whose content is deemed the most valuable will also be flown out to Sundance for the film’s debut.

    Macdonald spearheaded the idea after meeting with Scott and had this to say, “I’m excited by the lack of control. I’m laying out the ground rules as much as possible, but am just going to have to wait and see… Everything depends on how much people will contribute. I don’t know if I’m more afraid of getting too much content or too little.”

    What does your Life in a Day look like? Everyone has a story. Every day has a story. And we want you to share your story with the world. Get your cameras ready.

    Sundance Institute joins YouTube and filmmakers Kevin Macdonald and Ridley Scott to create the the first-ever user-generated film shot in a single day.

    Film your own Life in a Day on July 24 and submit your footage by July 31 here. If your footage is selected for the completed film, you’ll get the chance to attend thepremiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Be part of cinematic history!

    Visit for the full details.

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