Blogger Challenge! Enter virtual vidclip in youtube's "Life in a Day" project

Here’s Bay Sweetwater’s first-ever Blogger Challenge:  All you Second Life avies out there, open up your machinima capture programs on July 24 and SUBMIT VIRTUAL ENTRIES to Youtube’s Life in a Day movie making project. Film something personal in Second Life – something that matters to you – and upload it to the youtube channel in the following week.

Here’s the back story: Youtube, together with movie producer/director Ridley Scott and director Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland) has issued the Life in a Day invitation asking everyone (in the world!) to upload short video clips of important personal moments to youtube during the 24 hours of July 24. The idea is that Scott and Macdonald’s team will then stitch together the “most compelling and distinctive footage” into a feature length documentary film to be shown at the Sundance Film Festival next January called Life in a Day – documenting a single day on earth. (Imagine a video Twitter).

But hey, guess what? They only talk about filming the first world – never about digital worlds. Youtube hails the project as a “historic global experiment” (see their vid below). But just what does “global” mean here? Second Life inhabits the globe, and I really hope they don’t ignore it. And they won’t – if we all send them tons of clips of our important personal moments in Second Life.

So here’s Bay’s Blogger Challenge: On July 24, open up your machinima capture program and film something personal in Second Life that matters to you, and submit it to the designated youtube channel. There are no length limits. It can be 15 seconds or 2 hours. If your footage is used in the film, you’ll be credited as a co-director in the film. Those judged the top 20 contributors in the film will be flown to Park City, Utah, for the screening of the film next January.

If you accept this challenge and post your footage on youtube, please trackback or comment on this blog entry so we all can see what you’ve done.

Here’s what you do (straight from Tim Partridge on the official Google blog):

1. Visit the “Life in a Day” channel and learn more about the project. Be sure to read through the steps you need to take to participate and the guidelines for creating your video(s). Also check out some of the sample videos for inspirational ideas.

2. On July 24, capture your day on camera.

3. Upload your footage to the “Life in a Day” channel any time before July 31.

PSSST! from Bay: Macdonald says he wants to produce a “technically proficient film.” I interpret this that HD clips will have a better chance than blurry standard footage.

The prize for this Blogger Challenge is just this: You’ll make your avie famous and (literally) put Second Life on the map.  And hey, you might even get flown to Park City for Sundance.  Hmmm, now there’s a question. If your footage gets judged among the influential Top 20 in the film, just how will they fly your avie to Park City? LOL. Btw, regardless of whether your footage makes it into the final film, your video(s) will live on on the “Life in a Day” channel as a time capsule that will tell future generations what it was like to be alive on July 24, 2010.

Here are screen captures of guidelines and tips, direct from the youtube Life in a Day channel. Btw, if you go to the channel to read them, they appear in a chameleon-like menu bar that hides across the top of the intro video.

For more tips, here are youtube’s, Macdonald’s, and Scott’s vids on the project.



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