July 24th could be one day in your life like no other. If you were to capture something compelling about yourself on film, movie producer Ridley Scott and director Kevin MacDonald might edit you right into their experimental documentary titled, 'Life In A Day.' This crowd-sourced project is your chance to get into the movies using your own life as the back-drop.
Not only will your footage make it to the finished feature, you and twenty others will be credited as 'co-directors' and honored at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2011 (the film will also be simultaneously streamed on YouTube for free). Like a time capsule, the project hopes to preserve a glimpse of our lives on Earth sort of like "a portrait of the world in one day."
When would-be filmmakers film their contributions for this project, MacDonald would like them to think about three questions including "show us what you fear," "show us what you love," and lastly, "what makes you laugh." Another qualifier is to film whatever is in your pocket on July 24th. By including these common elements, MacDonald and Scott feel that while everyone's story is different there are also common denominators in our lives.
As for what your footage should consist of, YouTube wants you to have no limits, to be personal, to film anyone you like, and to preferably film the footage in high resolution. However they do stipulate you can not add music, nor TV or movie clips.
"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."
The project mirrors YouTube's two previous crowd-sourcing efforts to allow its users to collaborate with professionals. The YouTube Symphony Orchestra gathered classical musicians from YouTube with the help of conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and composer Tan Dun. Also, the recently launched YouTube Play partners with the Guggenheim Museum to create a "biennial of creative video."
"We really feel that YouTube over the past five years has definitely changed the way that content is created and consumed," said YouTube's film and animation manager, Sara Pollack. "Each of these programs continues to deliver against that — empowering regular people who have visions, who have voices, who have opinions, who have talent."
So if you can make July 24th a special day for you on film, you may have a shot at bringing your vision and experience to the big screen. You can find a full set of guidelines at the official channel, and make sure to upload your video between July 24 and July 31.
Another similar crowd-sourced project in production is Twittamentary.
Scheduled for a late summer/ early fall release, producer Siok Siok is
still accepting Twitter-related stories to incorporate into her
documentary as to how the microblogging platform has made a major impact
on our lives. Entries are still welcome.