Time Code

  • 98'
  • United Kingdom
  • 2002
The digital video camera made it possible for Mike Figgis to try out a revolutionary concept. With four cameras shooting in synchronisation, he recorded four non-stop takes of 90 minutes. On the screen, divided in four, the images from the four cameras can be seen simultaneously. Each camera tells - of course in real-time - the story of four people who are trying to get their film production or film career off the ground in Hollywood. The four storylines gradually come together. The dialogues by the strong cast are largely improvised. Despite the technical tour de force, the story is strikingly lightfooted, filled with satirical witticisms and stereotypes. Figgis shot the story 15 times in a period of two weeks. While previous directors had claimed to have used the concept of one-take/real-time - Badham with Nick of Time (1995), Hitchcock with Rope (1948) - Time Code is the first commercial film in which this mission was verifiably completed.






Director
Mike Figgis
Country of production
United Kingdom
Production Year
2002
Festival Edition
IFFR 2010
Length
98'
Medium
Betacam Digi
Language
English
Producers
Screen Gems, Mike Figgis, Annie Stewart
Screenplay
Mike Figgis
Cinematography
Patrick Alexander Stewart
Production Design
Charlotte Malmlof
Sound Design
Robert Janiger
Music
Mike Figgis, Anthony Marinelli
Cast
Stellan Skarsgard