Life In A Day 2020: How YOU can take part in new Life In A Day film


    Life In A Day 2020 is a new film from YouTube Originals, the company’s creative side. A group of well-known producers and directors are joining forces to try and show our lives in 2020, 10 years after the hugely successful Life In A Day. Fans can be involved in the new enterprise – but how can they take part in the movie?

    Ridley Scott and Kai Hsuing will executive produce the new movie, Life In A Day 2020, with director Kevin MacDonald at the helm.

    For Scott and MacDonald, this is a reunion as they worked together on the original Life In A Day, which was filmed 10 years ago and captured what it was like to be alive on July 24, 2010.

    In the new feature film, millions of people around the world are encouraged to film their lives and tell the story of a single day on Earth, this time on July 25, 2020.

    The footage sourced from contributors all around the world will then be woven together in this documentary to tell the story of an ordinary day at an extraordinary time, before it premieres at the Sundance Film Festival and on YouTube in 2021.

    Director MacDonald said: “Making the first Life in a Day was one of the most joyful and eye-opening experiences of my life.

    “Contributors were generous enough to share often quite intimate moments from their lives as part of a huge, life-affirming, film-making experiment.

    “I am thrilled, ten years later, that we are making Life In A Day 2020.

    “In that time, how have we changed? How has our relationship to filming ourselves changed?

    “And at this extraordinary turning point in history what are we hoping for in our future?”

    Speaking further about the film, Susanne Daniels, Global Head of Original Content for YouTube, said: “Following the success of the 2010 documentary, this is an important moment to revisit this inventive film concept with Ridley and Kevin.

    “This project truly demonstrates the uniqueness of YouTube by showcasing the power of the human experience told through the eyes and cameras of individuals around the world.”

    Now fans in 2020 cn capture what their life is like and see it on screen – but how?

    How to get involved in Life In A Day 2020

    On July 25, 2020, everyone is invited to film to reflect the reality of our world over a 24-hour period.

    All footage must be filmed on July 25, and participants will then have until August 2 to upload their content to be considered for the final film.

    Once submissions close, a team of multilingual reviewers stationed around the world will begin reviewing and translating submitted videos.

    After this MacDonald and his three main editors will shape the film’s final narrative out of the submitted footage they choose to use.

    The original Life In A Day was filmed in July 2010 to mark YouTube’s 5th birthday, attracting 80,000 submissions before it premiered at Sundance in 2011.

    It then received a worldwide release in cinemas, and has been watched on YouTube over 16 million times.

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