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'Life In a Day': Be a part of cinematic history (or at least a really cool project)

For most of us, starring in a feature film is merely a pipe dream. I’ve been on TV before, but headlining a major motion picture is not in my future any time soon. (And, sadly, I’m guessing it’s not in most of yours’ either.) But all that could change with an experimental YouTube project taking place tomorrow. (Yeah, sorry for the late notice, PopWatchers!)

Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Black Hawk Down) and Kevin Macdonald (State of Play) have joined forces to create the film Life In a Day. Basically, they want you (yes you) to film part of your day tomorrow, July 24. After all the submissions are in, the guys will go through the videos and select the most compelling material. Those videos will then be combined to create the documentary film that will premiere at the January 2011 Sundance Film Festival. And that’s not even the coolest part. If any of your footage gets selected, you’ll be credited as a co-director, and might even have a chance to go to Sundance to celebrate.

So in 24 hours, these guys plan to get enough material to compile a completely user-generated film. And right now, I’m in awe that they decided to take on this project. They’ll have to find a way to tie in all the global footage and make it one cohesive film. I’m definitely intrigued.

What do you think, PopWatchers? Can this be done? Would you ever participate in a user-generated film? And how successful do you think something like this can be?

Originally posted July 23 2010 — 5:55 PM EDT

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