Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Ridley Scott to crowdsource documentary via YouTube

Director of Gladiator, Alien and Blade Runner asks public to post snippets of their life – and offers co-directing credit

Ridley Scott, director of films such as Gladiator and Alien, is to crowdsource a feature length documentary by getting members of the public to post snippets of a day in their life on YouTube.

Scott, who is collaborating with the State of Play director Kevin Macdonald and YouTube, intends to create a feature length documentary based on the clips called Life in a Day. The project aims to get individuals to upload to YouTube footage of a moment in their lives on 24 July.

Individuals whose footage makes it into the final film will be credited as co-directors and 20 will be flown to the Sundance Film Festival in January where the film will have its premiere. Life in a Day will also be shown for free on YouTube.

"Life in a Day is a time capsule that will tell future generations what it was like to be alive on 24 July 2010," said Macdonald, who will direct the project. "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?"

The project will be executive produced by Scott and produced by his company, Scott Free Productions.

Life in a Day follows two previous crowd-sourcing projects by the Google-owned videosharing website. The YouTube Symphony Orchestra gathered together classical musicians and a tie-up with the Guggenheim took artist submissions from around the world.

"Over the past five years, You Tube has changed the way media is created and consumed," said Eric Schmidt, chief executive of Google. "We're thrilled to give our community the opportunity to work with Kevin Macdonald and Ridley Scott and are grateful to our long-term partner, the Sundance Institute, for their support of this global initiative."

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