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Ridley Scott ‘Thrilled’ to Sort Through 80,000 Videos

Global submissions will form the basis for Sundance documentary “Life in a Day”


Ridley Scott has his work cut out for him.

Or, rather, the director's production company, Scott Free, is the one facing the daunting task of cataloging and sorting through some 80,000 video submissions from around the world. The submissions, which were uploaded to YouTube between July 24 and July 31, will be used to compile a documentary film called "Life in a Day," which is due to premiere at next January's Sundance Film Festival.

According to a press release, the project — which asked people to upload moments from their lives taking place on a single day, July 24 — received 80,000 submissions from 197 countries, in 45 different languages.

Director Kevin Macdonald will now use a team of 20 to catalog and sort through the entries. “We're hoping to soon have a more manageable 100 hours worth of footage to edit down into feature length form,” said Macdonald in the release. “It's a mountain, but we're eager to climb it.”

Scott, the film’s executive producer, described himself as “thrilled” by the response, and added, “I'm as fascinated as anyone by what kind of videos people have uploaded and the kind of film which will result from this innovative endeavor.”

In addition to videos uploaded to YouTube, other footage was obtained by sending 500 cameras to areas around the world that did not have the technology to otherwise participate.

The submissions will be made available on Life in a Day’s YouTube channel beginning in early September.