What were you doing on July 24th this year? Perhaps you were one of the hundreds of Kiwis who grabbed a camera and created a video time capsule of their day for YouTube’s ground-breaking Life in a Day project.
Life in a Day is a global experiment aiming to create the first ever user-generated feature film, and when entries closed last weekend we found out we’d received 80,000 submissions from people around the world, representing 197 countries and 45 languages.
Among these contributors, nearly 400 New Zealanders entered short films which chronicled a day in their own lives and answering the questions posed by Life in a Day director Kevin Macdonald: “What do you love? What do you fear? What makes you laugh? What’s in your pocket?”
A selection of entries from around the world will be showcased in a video gallery on the YouTube Life in a Day channel in early September - so keep an eye out for homegrown videos!
The next step? Over the coming months, the most compelling and distinctive footage received will be edited into an experimental documentary film, produced by Ridley Scott and directed by Kevin Macdonald.
The final results will screen at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2011. We can’t wait to see the result, and find out if any aspiring Kiwi film makers will be co-credited as a director alongside Kevin Macdonald when the credits roll.
Posted by Ernesto Soriano, YouTube team