Make a movie with Ridley Scott and Kevin Macdonald | Film your day July 25 / YouTube

Film your day and stand a chance of being part of a documentary

Submit footage of your day and you may feature in the crowdsourced documentary on YouTube to be premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January next year.


Make a movie with Ridley Scott and Kevin Macdonald | Film your day July 25 / YouTube

As part of a sequel to the 2010 Life in a Day documentary, producer Ridley Scott and director Kevin Macdonald are giving the average Joe a chance to film their day in order to appear in a documentary that will be screened at the Sundance Film Festival.

The prequel produced in 2010, based on the happenings of 24 July, saw participants from 189 countries submit more than 80,000 clips. That’s 4,500 hours of footage time, which was then condensed to a 95-minute documentary.

It’s no secret that 2020 has been an annus horribilis, but it is in these extraordinary times that compelling footage is recorded.

Take part in the documentary

Use your smartphone or video camera and capture your typical day during lockdown.

It could be your exercise session; it could be sharing exciting news with your family, or a drive-by celebration. It could even be footage of you driving to work. The ideas are endless, but they need to adhere to lockdown level 3 restrictions.

Alternatively, you could capture someone else’s day and film it from their point of view. The directors are not asking for “Instagram-worthy” content — they want to see the raw and real days of people from around the world.

Film your day

What you will be asked when you film

It should be noted that YouTube asks participants to answer these four questions:

  • What do you love?
  • What do you fear?
  • What would you like to change, either about the world, or your own life?
  • What’s in your pocket?

Filming requirements

If you are filming someone other than yourself, then the participant needs to sign an appearance release form.

Participants under the age of 18, need to have their legal guardian or parent sign an appearance release form.

Permission is important. If you don’t have consent from the individuals in your video, YouTube will not be able to make use of the footage. If you are filming a street scene of a crowd and people are in the background and aren’t identifiable then no permission is needed. However, it is best to play it safe and let them sign an appearance release form.

Submit your video between 25 July 25 and 2 August here. You will be notified should your footage be used in the final edit of the film.