How to Take Part in a Ridley Scott-Produced Documentary

Photo: Have a nice day Photo, Shutterstock
Photo: Have a nice day Photo, Shutterstock

Have you ever thought you would be the ideal subject for a documentary? Would the rest of the world benefit from getting a glimpse into your everyday life? Probably not (unless you’re a narcissist… are you a narcissist?), but if being involved in a Ridley Scott-produced documentary appeals to you, now’s your chance. Here’s what you need to know.

What is ‘Life in a Day’?

This project is called “Life in a Day,” the first iteration of which was created back in 2010:

Scott also produced this original version, which currently has more than 16 million views on YouTube. Using more than 80,000 clips submitted by people from 189 countries, director Kevin Macdonald and his team combed through 4,500 hours of footage to create a 90-minute feature film showing events that occurred over the course of a single day, July 24, 2010. That film premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and is still free to view on YouTube.

How to participate

The idea here is to create a single-day “time capsule” film on July 25, 2020. Basically, you just film the events unfolding in your day on that date (or someone else’s day, with their consent) and upload it here before August 2, 2020. Scott and Macdonald would like you to address the following in your video:

  • What do you love?
  • What do you fear?
  • What would you like to change? Either about the world, or your own life.
  • What’s in your pocket?

This video may also answer some of your questions:

Once submissions close, researchers and editors will review the clips and decide what will end up in the final film. If your footage makes the cut, the team will contact you later in the year. The film will premiere at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.

Before you upload your footage, make sure to carefully read the requirements and fill out and submit an appearance release form. If you have other questions about data protection while participating in this project, they are discussed here.

And even if you have no interest in participating, the site also includes some basic helpful hints for shooting your own film, which means your next video of your dog doing something adorable could be your best one yet.

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