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Ridley Scott harnesses YouTube for latest epic

Sir Ridley Scott is ditching the big screen for the computer screen for his latest epic, Life in a Day.

As executive producer Scott promises to capture no less than an ordinary day in the life of Earth and aims to harness the power of YouTube to do it.

People the world over are being invited to submit a snapshot of their lives on one specific day, Saturday July 24, to provide raw material for the mammoth undertaking.

Directed Kevin MacDonald, who admits the experimental film could be either “fantastic” or a “pile of pants”, faces the onerous task of weaving an anticipated 10,000 vids into a coherent narrative.

This will explore common issues affecting global citizens by asking such questions as “What have you got in your pockets?”

It marks a full circle for Scott whose first film, Boy and Bicycle, charted a day in his own life.

Amateur film makers who make the final cut will be credited as co-directors in the piece which is set to premiere simultaneously at the Sundance Film Festival and online this January 2011.

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