Life in a Day: Star in a Historic Cinematic Experiment

“One World. 24 Hours. 6 Billion Perspectives.” Just what is Life in a Day? It's an ambitious new project spearheaded by YouTube that brings in Ridley Scott (“Gladiator”) as producer and Kevin Macdonald (“The Last King of Scotland”) as director. It's a global experiment of user-generated filmmaking that's, well, about you. On July 24, capture a glimpse of your life on camera (10 minutes max) and upload it to a special YouTube channel ( Macdonald and Scott will sort through your most memorable moments and bring it all together to create one fantastic film. “When structured in the right way these very specific things from ordinary life, which you could see as being very banal, become beautiful and rather communicative,” Mr. Macdonald said. He envisions, perhaps, a “beautiful collage” of 15 people around the world brushing their teeth. So what should you, future filmmaker, focus on? Macdonald suggests you ask yourself three questions: What do you fear most in the world today? What do you love? What makes you laugh? And what's in it for you? Well, not only do you get to star in the movie, if your footage makes it into the finished film you will be credited as a co-director. Also, the top 20 contributors will be flown to the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, where the film will premiere. Nice! Read more at NY Times and Entertainment Weekly.

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