Hollywood directors Ridley Scott and Kevin McDonald will pull together video from YouTube users for a documentary that captures for future generations the global community in one day, YouTube said on Wednesday. The documentary, called “Life in One Day,” will select footage from 20 people around the world who capture moments of their daily lives on July 24. They will be credited as co-directors on the film and flown to its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival held in January.
McDonald, who made critically-acclaimed “The Last King of Scotland,” will direct the feature-length documentary and Scott, who helmed Oscar-winning “Gladiator” and a host of hits such as “Blade Runner,” “Alien,” and “Thelma & Louise,” will produce.
“Life in a Day is a time capsule that will tell future generations what it was like to be alive on the 24th of July, 2010,” McDonald said in a statement. “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.” To participate, YouTube users must upload their footage to YouTube.com/lifeinaday. The film is the latest venture between YouTube and groups working in arts and entertainment.