Kevin MacDonald Lives Life In A Day
With Ridley Scott and YouTube
"Don't try to live your life in one day" sang Howard Jones in the early 80s. Clearly not fans of peroxide-mulleted synth-players, Kevin MacDonald and Ridley Scott are suggesting you do just that, and film it, and send them the footage.
Life in a Day is a YouTube project which MacDonald will direct and Scott will produce. The plan is for Macdonald (director of State of Play and The Last King of Scotland, and no stranger to documentaries having brought us the award-winning Touching the Void) to marshal all the film received into a coherent feature "that will tell future generations what it was like to be alive on the 24th of July, 2010."
"It is a unique experiment in social filmmaking," says Macdonald, "and what better way to gather a limitless array of footage than to engage the world's online community."
Surely this is going to be limited to "what it was like to be alive on July 24th" if you were someone with web access and a digital camera? The project is way ahead of you, securing the involvement of Against All Odds, a company specialising in huge global projects. They'll be distributing cameras to remote regions of the world in order to make the film as far-reaching and inclusive as possible.
Anyone whose footage makes it into the finished film will be credited as a co-director, and twenty of those winners will get to attend the premiere at next year's Sundance festival.
If you fancy your chances in two weeks' time, all the details you need are at Life in a Day's official site. Good luck!