Google and LG Want Your ‘Life in a Day’

Normally I don’t go much on crowd sourced projects, but this new one from Google is raising a few eyebrows, mine included. What’s not to love about the chance to get in on a film produced by Ridley Scott (Blade Runner, Gladiator)? I mean, it sounds simple enough. All you have to do is film something in your life on one specific day. July 24, 2010.

According to Google, the ‘Life in a Day’ project is a, “historic cinematic experiment,” and I’d kind of have to agree with them. What it entails is filming something in your life on camera during a 24-hour period on July 24. It could be anything from a sunrise, to a baby being born. It’s up to you. Upload your footage to the Life in a Day channel on YouTube before July 31, after which Oscar-winning director, Kevin MacDonald, will edit the best and most compelling footage into a documentary. That documentary will be produced by Ridley Scott, and premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Should your video clip make in in, you’ll be credited as co-director, and 20 people will also have the opportunity to attend the festival next year. Now if that’s not the chance of a lifetime for some of you budding filmmakers out there, I don’t know what is.

The contest is sponsored by LG as part of their ongoing Life’s Good campaign, and as a way of promoting and supporting the creation of quality content online. I have no doubt in my mind though that this endeavor will also yield a lot of crap, too. Just ask Flickr.

They did a similar project back in 2007 which asked people to submit photos on May 7, and they were then collected into a self-published book. Man, can you imagine all the junk they must have gotten on that day? It probably numbered in the hundreds of thousands. As Mr. T would say, I pity the poor fool who had to sort through that.

Like I said, normally I don’t go much for crowd sourced stuff, but man, I may just have to break out my video camera and see what I can come up with. Imagine what co-director in a Ridley Scott produced film would look like on your resume? It certainly couldn’t hurt your career, and who knows, you just mind end up being asked to pay a trip to Hollywood one of these days to be involved in a Hollywood movie.

What? I can dream.