Thursday, 12 August 2010

What’s your Secret Talent?



Think you’ve got what it takes to be the next big thing? If so, YouTube is your stage. For the first time in Australia, YouTube and Vodafone are teaming up to bring you a head-to-head online talent competition. Maybe you’ve got a knack for dance like last year’s MyMutation contest winner Emma Watkins, or an ear for classical music like Alan Chan. Or maybe you can drop a beat to outshine DJ Cotts and the Fully Sick Rapper.

We’re looking for acts of any shape and size to win flights and accommodation to a mystery music experience in Madrid, Spain, and other fabulous prizes, provided by Vodafone. The audition process is simple -- and all online. Simply upload a video of under 90 seconds to your YouTube account and submit your entry at youtube.com/secrettalentsau. Your videos should only contain original content and must be submitted by September 22 for a chance to win.

Australians will be able to vote on the final ten and we’ll announce the winner of the vote on October 5.

If you’ve got talent, we want to know. What’s your secret talent?

Posted by Ernesto Soriano, Product Marketing Manager, YouTube Australia
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Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Thousands of Australians capture their Life in a Day

Editor's Note: This is a cross post from Official Google Australia Blog

Nearly 1,500 Aussies picked up a video camera on Saturday, July 24 and captured part of their day for an ambitious new YouTube project.

Life in a Day is a global experiment aiming to create the first ever user-generated feature film, and when entries closed last weekend we found out we’d received 80,000 submissions from people around the world, representing 197 countries and 45 languages.

Australians filmed themselves walking on the beach in Melbourne, skiing in Thredbo, and answering the questions posed by Life in a Day director Kevin Macdonald: “What do you love? What do you fear? What makes you laugh? What’s in your pocket?”



The next step? Over the coming months, the most compelling and distinctive footage received will be edited into a feature-length film, produced by Ridley Scott (of Gladiator fame) and directed by Kevin Macdonald (director of the Last King of Scotland).

A gallery of submitted footage will go live on YouTube’s Life in a Day channel in early September, and the final film will screen at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2011 and be available on YouTube. We can’t wait to see the result, and whether any Australians will be co-credited as directors when the film is released.

ICT debate live on YouTube today

Today we're live streaming (youtube.com/australiavotes) the ICT Debate between with Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy; Shadow Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, the Hon Tony Smith MP; and Greens ICT spokesperson, Senator Scott Ludlam.

Tune in at 12:55 AEST to find out what the political parties are offering for the future of digital communications in Australia.

We’ve teamed up with the Australian Computer Society, Viocorp and Sky News to bring you the pre-election ICT Policy forum to YouTube.

You can also take part in the conversation via twitter. We'll have a live twitter feed on the channel (#ausvotes, #ITElectionForum), and a playback video of the forum will be available to view from youtube.com/australiavotes following the event.