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Posted at 1:17 PM ET, 07/23/2010

From YouTube to the big screen

By Naomi Nix


For anyone who dreams of fame (not necessarily the fortune), tomorrow might be your next big break. Or at least a chance to play a tiny role in a worldwide project.

Filmmakers Kevin MacDonald and Ridley Scott are asking people around the world to break out their video cameras tomorrow to capture a “snapshot of their lives.”

The footage, which will be collected on YouTube, will be used to produce a feature-length film which aims to document a single day on earth. The film, entitled “The World in a Day,” will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

Participants are being asked to consider several questions as they shoot their video, said Alyson Baker, a publicist working for YouTube. What makes you frightened? What do you love? What makes you laugh? And what is in your pocket and why? In an effort to make the project more inclusive, cameras were distributed to individuals in “remote regions” of the world, Baker said.

MacDonald called the project in a statement "a unique experiment in social filmmaking” designed to create “a time capsule” of what life was like on July 24, 2010. MacDonald, an academy award-winning director, is teaming up with producer Scott's Scott Free Productions. Scott's credits include Black Hawk Down, Gladiator and Thelma & Louise.

Anyone who submits footage that makes it into the film will be listed as a co-director on the film. A select 20 co-directors will be flown to the Sundance Film Festival to see the premiere.

By Naomi Nix  | July 23, 2010; 1:17 PM ET
 
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