Ridley Scott and Kevin McDonald Team Up for Crowdsourcing Documentary Life in a Day

There have been several filmmakers exploring crowdsourcing within documentary; great recent examples are Brett Gaylor’s RIP!: A Remix Manifesto and Jeff Deutchman’s 11/04/08 (review coming soon). To see filmmakers like Ridley Scott and Kevin McDonald explore this idea is really exciting. Teaming up with YouTube, Kevin McDonald will be taking the helm, with Ridley Scott producing, to document one day as seen through the eyes of people around the world.

They have chosen July 24th and they are asking people to capture a snapshot of their lives on that day, with the final film premiering at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. If your footage makes the cut you will be credited as a co-director and could be one of 20 contributors selected to attend the premiere.

Official description:

You can film the ordinary — a sunrise, the commute to work, a neighborhood soccer match, or the extraordinary — a baby’s first steps, your reaction to the passing of a loved one, or even a marriage.

Kevin Macdonald, the Oscar-winning director of films such as The Last King of Scotland, Touching the Void and One Day in September, will then edit the most compelling footage into a feature documentary film, to be executive produced by Ridley Scott, the director behind films like Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, Thelma & Louise, Blade Runner and Robin Hood. LG Electronics is supporting “Life in a Day” as a key part of its long-standing Life’s Good campaign and to support the creation of quality online content that can be shared and enjoyed by all.

Want to take part? Here’s what to do.

1. Visit the “Life in a Day” channel and learn more about the project. Be sure to read through the steps you need to take to participate and the guidelines for creating your video(s). Also check out some of the sample videos for inspirational ideas.

2. On July 24, capture your day on camera.

3. Upload your footage to the “Life in a Day” channel any time before July 31.

Regardless of whether your footage makes it into the final film, your video(s) will live on on the “Life in a Day” channel as a time capsule that will tell future generations what it was like to be alive on July 24, 2010.

Originally posted on The Documentary Blog.