For those unfamiliar with it, Life In A Day is a global experiment to create a user-generated documentary film using footage shot on July 24th, 2010. The most compelling and distinctive footage is being edited into an experimental documentary film, executively produced by Ridley Scott and directed by Kevin Macdonald. Here’s the trailer for the project:

It so happened that on July 24th, I was shooting a friend’s daughter’s Arangetram (a beautiful Indian dance recital). My plan was to edit the footage into a little mini-doc (which I’ll be doing next month), but just for fun, I submitted a few selects to Life in a Day too. Well, it appears I may have gotten through the first stage of selections. I say “appear” based on an email I got from Joe Walker, one of the editors on the project. It’s a very generic email, but it did confirm they will be requesting I upload the original uncompressed media soon…

Dear YouTube User,

Thank you for sending us your video for Life in a Day, we loved it!

We will be sending you an email with details of where to upload your original footage soon. But in the meantime, please keep hold of your footage.

Best wishes,
Joe Walker
Film Editor of Life in a Day

Based on their FAQ, they were only going to request the original media if you made it through the first stage of the selection process, so it’s looking good. There were over 80,000 videos submitted, so it’s still a long shot for my footage to appear in the final film. We’ll know for sure when the documentary premieres at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2011.

Life in a Day