YouTube (s GOOG) is following up on the next phase of its ambitious Life In A Day project by making video submissions from around the globe available through a new gallery page. The gallery captures many different views of what life was like on July 24, the day that YouTube asked users to record as part of the project.
Life In A Day is a collaboration between YouTube, acclaimed producer and director Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner), and Academy Award-winning director Kevin Macdonald (One Day in September, The Last King of Scotland). Together, they’ve aimed to create a feature film from user-generated video submissions. The goal is to choose representative clips from the submissions and edit them into a documentary that will be unveiled at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. YouTube will also debut the film online on the same day that it is screened at Sundance.
YouTube asked users to submit clips from their lives on July 24, and they responded in droves, uploading more than 80,000 submissions from 197 countries around the globe, according to the YouTube blog. The Life In A Day gallery page showcases a number of videos in the shape of a globe and can be searched by geography or tags, depending on what the viewer is looking for. YouTube has even built a heat map to show which countries were most active in submitting videos.
Videos are being added to the gallery page as they are reviewed by Macdonald and his team, so more will become available as time goes on. With 80,000 entries, the director has his work cut out for him in whittling the submissions down into a feature-length film — but Sundance isn’t until January, so he still has several months.
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