In a story from Variety, YouTube, Ridley Scott (Robin Hood) and Kevin Macdonald (State of Play) are asking for filmed contributions for their new project Life in a Day. This project is being called "the first user-generated feature-length documentary feature shot in one day -- July 24, 2010."

Scott Free Prods. will produce and Macdonald will direct. The film will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January and on YouTube at no cost.

"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," Macdonald stated. "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."

Macdonald and Scott are going to select the most "compelling" clips for Life in a Day.

The film, which is also supported by LG Electronics, will not be sold to a studio, and individuals whose footage is used in the film will not be paid. They will receive credit as co-directors. Twenty of those individuals are going to be flown to Sundance for the premiere.

The project was announced Tuesday night. It calls for people to capture a "snapshot" of their lives on camera and then to upload that footage to the Life in a Day YouTube channel. This new initiative will include an effort by Against All Odds Prods. to give out cameras to individuals in very remote regions of the world. The goal is to have the film be as inclusive and representative as possible.

The rules are that shooting happen during July 24. Those shooting must be at least 13 years old and have a YouTube account. Lastly, the the videos must respect YouTube's Community Guidelines.

Residents of nations restricted by U.S. export and sanctions: Iran, Syria, Cuba, Sudan, North Korea and Myanmar are not allowed to participate.

Evan Jacobs