Exec producer 'thrilled' with global video project

YouTube’s “Life in a Day” project has received 80,000 submissions from 197 countries in 45 languages.

Ridley Scott, who’s exec producing, said Thursday that he was “thrilled” with the results.

“The sheer number of uploads to the channel is astonishing and exceeds our expectations,” he said. “I’m as fascinated as anyone by what kind of videos people have uploaded and the kind of film which will result from this innovative endeavor.”

Director Kevin Macdonald, who has a team of 20 to go over the submissions, plans to cull the footage to about 100 hours and then editdown to feature length. “It’s a mountain, but we’re eager to climb it,” he added.

YouTube, Scott and Macdonald announced the project last month, touting it as the first user-generated documentary feature shot in one day — July 24, 2010.

YouTube will launch a channel to view the submissions in early September. The final film will be made available at YouTube.com and will premiere at Sundance in January with 20 contributors in attendance.

Scott Free Prods. worked with Against All Odds to distribute 500 cameras to remote areas of the world and the Sundance Institute had participants of their first East Africa Theater lab in Kenya upload footage. Doc is also supported by LG Electronics.

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