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Scott's Life in a Day Gets 80,000 Submissions, Final Film To Premiere Sundance 2011

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood August 5, 2010 at 6:50AM

The YouTube/Ridley Scott global film experiment, Life in a Day will result in a feature length film directed by Kevin Macdonald (State of Play, Last King of Scotland). He closed the door for submissions on July 31 for home videos of peoples' lives all recorded on the same day, July 24, 2010. The 80,000 submissions come from 197 different countries in 45 languages. Macdonald has a team of 20 editors to manage the laborious task of weeding through the footage to narrow it down to 100 hours. The final film is set to premiere at Sundance 2011 (and simultaneously on YouTube). Macdonald calls the task "a mountain, but we're eager to climb it.”
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The YouTube/Ridley Scott global film experiment, Life in a Day will result in a feature length film directed by Kevin Macdonald (State of Play, Last King of Scotland). He closed the door for submissions on July 31 for home videos of peoples' lives all recorded on the same day, July 24, 2010. The 80,000 submissions come from 197 different countries in 45 languages. Macdonald has a team of 20 editors to manage the laborious task of weeding through the footage to narrow it down to 100 hours. The final film is set to premiere at Sundance 2011 (and simultaneously on YouTube). Macdonald calls the task "a mountain, but we're eager to climb it.”

Scott Free Productions (in partnership with charity Against All Odds) distributed 500 cameras to communities in South Africa, Africa and the Middle East. The Sundance Institute also had its new East Africa Theatre Lab participants submit footage. As to the submissions themselves, Scott says, "I'm as fascinated as anyone by what kind of videos people have uploaded and the kind of film which will result from this innovative endeavor.” The 'directors' of the chosen videos will be credited as such, and 20 of them will be flown to Sundance for the premiere.

This article is related to: Directors, Festivals, Genres, Web/Tech, In Production, Ridley Scott, Sundance, Documentaries, YouTube


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.