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YouTube launches user-generated film project

By Melissa Gray, CNN
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Documenting a day on earth
  • YouTube wants users to record their lives for a new project
  • The footage could make it into a new film called "Life in a Day"
  • All submissions must be recorded Saturday
  • Directors Ridley Scott and Kevin Macdonald are behind the film

(CNN) -- Working in the garden. Caught in traffic. Having fun on vacation. Caring for a loved one. Whatever people are doing around the world on Saturday, YouTube wants to see it.

The video sharing website Saturday launched a new project, "Life in a Day," to collect glimpses of people's lives and edit them into a feature film to be shown at next year's Sundance Film Festival.

The basic rules are simple: Footage cannot include any trademarks or copyrighted material, but it can be any length and on any format -- though the higher quality, the better.

Everything must also be recorded Saturday, 7/24 -- or 24/7, as the date appears in many places around the world.

"The most important thing: Be yourself," says Kevin Macdonald, director of "The Last King of Scotland" and "State of Play," who will review the contributions with a team of editors.

The most compelling and distinctive footage will be edited into an experimental documentary film produced by Oscar-nominated director Ridley Scott, the man behind movies like "Black Hawk Down," "Thelma & Louise," and "Alien."

The film will premiere at Sundance in January and be available to view on YouTube. Those whose footage gets selected for the film will be listed as co-directors and could even attend the film festival to see it, YouTube said.

Scott said he wants contributors to think about how they feel when they're filming something. For instance, "Really think about why that sunrise makes you happy or why that sunset makes you sad," he says in a video promoting the project.

Aspiring filmmakers have "no excuse" not to take part, he said.

"If you want to be a filmmaker, nothing should put you off, and nothing should put you down," Scott said. "Just do it."

Though all footage must be recorded on the 24th, users have until the end of July to submit it.