THR has details of a project mounted by Ridley Scott and Kevin Macdonald being billed as the first user-generated documentary. Individuals whose footage make it into the finished film will be credited as co-directors, and 20 of them will be flown to Sundance for the movie’s bow.
“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,” Macdonald said.
“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.”
Scott Free productions intends to distribute cameras to participants in remote corners of the world to help ensure the film is as diverse and inclusive as possible. For those of you already equipped, guidance about uploading footage can be found at youtube’s Life in a Day. Ridley Scott offers some inspiring personal video advice after the cut.