CATEGORIES Documentary, Sundance, DIY/Filmmaking, Cinematical Indie, Movie News, Sundance Film Festival, CinematicalWant to take part in a film directed by Oscar-winner Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland) and produced by Ridley Scott? Just make sure you document what you and/or others are doing on July 24, 2010, something that especially represents life in your area on that day in this year. Also, apparently you should show what you fear, what you love and what's in your pockets. Then upload the footage to YouTube (details are here). If it is deemed worthy and fits the project's rules (you must be at least 13; you must live in any but the six usually prohibited nations; you must follow YouTube's usual guidelines), Macdonald may select it to be included in the user-generated documentary Life in a Day, which will simultaneously premiere at Sundance and on YouTube in January.
One important thing, though: if you do want to contribute don't do so just to be a part of a "historic cinematic experiment." While this is being sold as "the first user-generated feature-length documentary shot in one day," that title has already been achieved by at least one film, Jeff Deutchman's 11/4/08, which compiles footage shot by filmmakers from around the world on that titular day in which Barack Obama was elected President of the United States. I'm not sure why Scott and Macdonald selected 7/24/10 as their special day, but it certainly won't be as significant. Sure, it will be a time capsule, though so many other films are as well. I also don't imagine it will be a continuing interactive collaboration like Deutchman's project is.
Ironically, the next screening of 11/4/08 is in Indianapolis on ... yep, July 24th. Wouldn't it be great if someone, maybe even Deutchman, documented the event and submitted it? Meanwhile, I do encourage anyone else to be a part of this. Life in a Day may not be the first film of its kind -- or even the second, since there's also Frank Kelly's 140, as Movieline points out -- but it could still be excellent. Macdonald is a terrific documentary filmmaker and I trust his eye for what should end up in the film. However, I do wonder -- as I had with Deutchman's film before -- how they'll know for sure each uploaded bit of footage was indeed shot on the strict date.
Check out the videos below of Macdonald and Scott talking about the project: