Timecode (film)

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Timecode
Timecode.jpg
Theatrical film poster
Directed by Mike Figgis
Produced by Mike Figgis
Annie Stewart
Written by Mike Figgis (story)
Starring Salma Hayek
Stellan Skarsgård
Jeanne Tripplehorn
Suzy Nakamura
Kyle MacLachlan
Holly Hunter
Danny Huston
Mía Maestro
Leslie Mann
Alessandro Nivola
Saffron Burrows
Xander Berkeley
Julian Sands
Music by Mike Figgis
Arlen Figgis
Anthony Marinelli
Cinematography Patrick Alexander Stewart
Edited by Mike Figgis
Production
company
Screen Gems
Red Mullet Productions
Distributed by Screen Gems
Release dates
  • April 28, 2000 (2000-04-28)
Running time 97 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $4 million

Timecode is a 2000 American experimental film written and directed by Mike Figgis and featuring a large ensemble cast, including Salma Hayek, Stellan Skarsgård, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Suzy Nakamura, Kyle MacLachlan, Saffron Burrows, Holly Hunter, Julian Sands, Xander Berkeley, Leslie Mann and Mía Maestro.

The film is constructed from four continuous 90-minute takes that were filmed simultaneously by four cameramen; the screen is divided into quarters and the four shots are shown simultaneously.[1] The film depicts several groups of people in Los Angeles as they interact and conflict while preparing for the shooting of a movie in a production office. The dialogue was largely improvised, and the sound mix of the film is designed so that the most significant of the four sequences on screen dominates the soundtrack at any given moment.

An allusion to this film can be heard during another of Mike Figgis's films, Hotel. In the first moment the screen is split into four quadrants. The sound of milk being steamed in one quadrant combines with the sound of an actor tapping beats onto a paperback novel in another quadrant to create a very subtle imitation of the sounds and music heard during the first few minutes in Timecode.

Synopsis[edit]

The film takes place in and around a film production company office, and involves several interweaving plot threads which include: a young actress named Rose (Salma Hayek) who tries to score a screen test from her secret boyfriend Alex Green (Stellan Skarsgård), a noted but disillusioned director. Meanwhile, Rose's tryst with him is discovered by her girlfriend Lauren (Jeanne Tripplehorn), an insanely jealous businesswoman who plants a microphone in Rose's purse and spends most of the time in the back of her limousine parked outside the office building listening in on Rose's conversations. Elsewhere, Alex's wife Emma (Saffron Burrows) is seen with a therapist (Glenne Headly) debating about asking him for a divorce. In the meantime, numerous film industry types (played by Xander Berkeley, Golden Brooks, Holly Hunter and Kyle MacLachlan), pitch ideas for the next big hit film.

Cast (in alphabetical order)[edit]

An illustration of the split-screen technique used throughout Timecode

Production[edit]

The movie was shot on videotape. This was transferred to film for the theatrical release, but the VHS and DVD releases present the original videotape stock.

The film was shot 15 different times over a period of two weeks and Figgis selected the best version for theatrical release; this version was recorded on November 19, 1999, beginning at 3:00 p.m, and ending a little after 4:30 p.m. The DVD release includes the first attempt as a bonus feature. Additionally on the DVD release, viewers have access to all audio tracks to allow for custom sound mixing, rather than the mix of the finished film.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Williams, Richard (August 11, 2000). "Once upon a Time Code". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2013-06-03. 

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