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shiftctrlesc Sun, Aug 1, 2010
Mike Figgis's Timecode is an interesting cubist experiment: an improvised, one take, feature-length movie shot with four simultaneous cameras that start in different locations and then frequently intersect over the course of the film. The final movie is presented as a four-quadrant grid of videos with sound from each of the cameras being mixed in and out. For the original screening, Figgis sat in the projection booth mixing the sound from the cameras in real time.



The rough outline of the narrative couldn't be captured in the typical screenplay format - which isn't designed to handle multiple simultaneous perspectives. So Figgis ended up resorting to a kind of musical notation to write the film: Each camera was an instrument in the score, and the narrative became a composition of actors moving between the cameras.