YouTube Wants Everyone to Film Their Day for Ridley Scott Documentary

YouTube Originals is calling for submissions for 'Day in the Life 2020,' to create a documentary.
Brad Bergan

Ten years after director Kevin Macdonald and executive producer Ridley Scott jointly launched a crowdsourced documentary with YouTube to make a "picture of a day" in society, the three parties have decided to make a sequel, according to an official blog post from YouTube.


'Life in a Day 2020' documentary premieres 2021

To follow-up on the apparent success of "Life in a Day," the team is asking regular people from around the world to submit a clip of their life on July 25. The in-house team of 30 reviewers, three editors, and Macdonald will sift through the slush and assemble a feature-length documentary.

The new documentary, "Life in a Day 2020," will premiere on YouTube and Sundance sometime next year, reports Engadget.

However, those who want in will have to fulfill requirements — nothing fancy, like permission from everyone captured in the mini-video, in addition to omitting music from submitted footage.

Naturally only a fraction of submissions will make the final cut, but there are still a few ways to boost one's chances of winning the 2020 equivalent of the golden ticket. For example, the filmmakers suggest aspirational documentarians use the highest possible resolution, along with an external microphone.

Everyone has until August 2 to submit their footage.

Documenting a state of calamity in 2020

"Life in a Day 2020" could one day become more compelling than the team considered the first one, since 2020 is, without doubt, the most interesting year in memory. This is why the video collection might become a living, breathing time capsule of this perpetual state of calamity. The filmmakers want everyone to submit personal footage of general sentiments regarding the most precious things in their lives.

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The first iteration of this project saw submissions from 189 people worldwide, with more than 80,000 clips that totaled at around 4,500 hours of footage. Macdonald and his colleagues cut the slush down to the consumable length of a 95-minute documentary — which means everyone interested should probably check it out before filming.

Or perhaps not — if all participants watched the film "Event Horizon" to prepare for submission, instead of a YouTube video, we might see a radically different depiction of life in 2020. But don't take our word for it. Watch all, read everything, and good luck!

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