Ridley Scott To Produce YouTube User Generated Film
The YouTube generation are set to hit the big screens – well, a handful of lucky individuals anyway. Life In A Day is the brainchild of legendary producer Ridley Scott and British director Kevin Macdonald and is currently described as “the first user generated feature-lengtjh documentary.” Scott is the executive producer on the project which will be released under the Scott Free Production company. Kevin Macdonald will be directing.
The documentary will comprise amateur footage shot by YouTube users on July 24th of this year which they will then submit via the YouTube website. The film will have its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival 2011.
Macdonald will sift through the footage, selecting the most interesting tapes to make the final edit. To ensure that the film is representative of the broad demographic who frequent the website, plans have been put in place to distribute cameras to more deprived areas of the world. Those who have their videos selected will be flown to Sundance for the world premiere.
Macdonald said of the ambitious project: “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. 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.”
It is not the first time that ordinary members of the public have been asked to contribute their own footage. In 2006 the Beastie Boys released Awesome, I F***ing Shot That where members of the audience were given camcorders to record the legendary rappers in concert. The footage was then collated and edited together. The results were mixed but the idea has obviously proved interesting enough to attract the attentions of other Hollywood notables. We wait with baited breath.