Ridley Scott to produce YouTube movie starring you, possibly that guy over there

Fancy yourself a future icon of the silver screen? YouTube has announced plans to create a short film made up entirely of user-submitted footage, with Ridley Scott in the producer's chair

We never thought the man responsible for the classic sci-fi horror flick Alien would take an interest in our humdrum existence, but apparently we underestimated our own importance. Thrice Oscar-nominated director Ridley Scott has announced he will be working with YouTube to produce an entire film made up of amateur footage uploaded by individuals all over the world on 24 July.

The film will be titled Life in a Day and Last King of Scotland director Kevin MacDonald has signed up to direct, compiling the very best moments into the final movie.

Those lucky enough to have their footage included will be credited as co-directors, and 20 lucky blighters will be flown out to the Sundance Film Festival for the premiere.

MacDonald said the project is a "time capsule that will tell future generations what it was like to be alive on 24 July 2010.

"It is a unique experiment in social filmaking, and what better way to gather a limitless array of footage than to engage the world's online community?"

We can't help but feel that if this film were to be a true representation of the video-camera owning world it would basically be 90 minutes of cats on pianos with the odd cat on a Roomba thrown in just to mix things up, cut together in Windows Movie Maker.

In the meantime, check out this video of Sir Ridley himself talking about the project and giving some advice to budding Life-in-a-Day-ers.

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Luke Westaway is a senior editor at CNET and writer/ presenter of Adventures in Tech, a thrilling gadget show produced in our London office. Luke's focus is on keeping you in the loop with a mix of video, features, expert opinion and analysis.


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