After working with Leonardo DiCaprio, Denzel Washington, Susan Sarandon and Russell Crowe, Ridley Scott is gearing up for a new film project, and apparently he wants you to be his star. Really.
Scott, in a producer role, and director Kevin Macdonald ("The Last King of Scotland") announced on Tuesday their plans to team with YouTube to generate what they're calling "the first user-generated feature-length documentary."
Called "Life in a Day," the film will be made entirely of footage shot during the 24 hours of July 24, 2010. Anyone in the world can participate and then upload their content to YouTube.com/lifeinaday. Participants will be credited as co-directors if their footage makes it into the finished film. The doc will premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, and 20 of the participants will be flown to Park City, Utah, for the event.
" '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," Macdonald said in a press release. "It is 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."
Scott's production company has teamed with Rick Smolan, CEO of Against All Odds Prods., a California-based operation that helps execute large-scale global projects, to deliver cameras to remote areas of the world to guarantee that the doc will represent as wide a swath of the human experience as possible.
"A vital part of our mission is to support individual storytelling around the globe and to provide a platform for expression and experimentation," Sundance director John Cooper said. "This is a great way to engage the YouTube community and to provide festival audiences with something new and unexpected."
What would you film for your own "Life in a Day" movie? Are you going to participate? Talk about it in the comments.
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