July 24th & Ridley Scott

July 24th could be an interesting day, well everyday could be an interesting day so what’s special about July 24th? It’s not Christmas or any other form of holiday is it..? Nope, but it is the day that the legendary Ridley Scott and director Kevin Macdonald (Last Kind of Scotland) are asking you to film a day in your life.

The project is called ‘LIFE IN A DAY’. The duo have teamed up with You Tube and the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. They aim to make a feature length documentary film out of the submissions you send in and the final product will be entered into the Sundance Film Festival which will take place January 2011.


If your footage makes it into the film you will be credited as co-director and 20 contributors will accompany Ridley and Kevin to the festival.

Sounds pretty cool! Right?

I know a lot of amateur film makers will be entering, but it could be a great opportunity for us DOP’s and the Director inside us or anyone with an interest in filmmaking to go out and make something interesting! If you can spare some time, (or make the time) Why Not..?

I wouldn’t have subtitled you Ridley, I like your accent.

In the words of Ridley Scott ”just do it”!

Didn’t a sports brand use that slogan..?  Maybe Tiger took it too literally and ‘just did it’ with well, everyone… so they dropped it..?

Anyway, sometimes its good to just shoot stuff that forces you to be creative and think differently…

“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 said.

“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.”

The Life in a Day project will be produced by Ridley’s company Scott Free Productions, and executive produced by the big fella who has directed classics like Blade Runner, Gladiator and the recent Robin Hood.

The closing date to upload to You Tube is 31/July/2010.

So that’s the bobby, so what you you think?

Is it a good idea?

It’s definitely a sign of the modern age, even a couple of years ago this wouldn’t have been possible or accessible for most people, especially without costing them large sums of cash.  Now with the onset of HDSLR cameras like 5D Mark II & 7D or even the Flip and desk top editing not to mention the speed of the net/ the ability to post decent res files –  it is…  Crazy hey!

DOP’s, Film Makers – what are your thoughts???  Is it just a big social experiment, reality taken to the next level? Is it art? Is it reducing the quality of the film industry? A great opportunity? What..?

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