An experimental film project in which over 80,000 YouTube users opted to participate will soon reach far beyond computer monitors and the occasional Internet-connected TV. National Geographic has picked up the U.S. distribution rights to Life in a Day, ensuring a theatrical release.
Anyone who was concerned that YouTube’s "Life in a Day" project would run short of footage can put that worry to rest. YouTube announced today that it received an almost incomprehensible number of submissions: 80,000 videos from 197 countries.
That’ll provide director Kevin Macdonald, whose job it is to piece together a documentary showing what the world was like on July 24th, plenty of material even if some people included copyrighted content or lots of foul language (the final product probably isn’t meant to be R-rated).
A project that should entirely live up to the billing "historic cinematic experiment" has begun. Ridley Scott, Kevin Macdonald, YouTube, and LG have asked people all over the world to record (part of) their lives on July 24th, and then much of the footage will be used to create a single film that’ll premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.