FILM timecode.

Figgis, Mike. TIMECODE (2002) Four frames of simultaneous action play in the same screen that follow different characters.

Timecode uses the technique of four simultaneous frames of uncut action play. These four frames illustrate the perspectives of individuals in a interrelated feature-length narrative. I have taken these concepts and used them to develop my own short film. This is evident as the continuous journey of many individuals through four simultaneous frames collate the altering perspectives that individuals have of the city and architecture. The four simultaneous uncut screens frame the city through a wide spectrum of perspectives as it not only conveys four individuals view of the city but also uses the unique technique of switching from characters as they meet each other in a “bouncing” manner which Mike Figgis employs in his film. Similarly shown in my film as the 3rd frame follows the path of and older man then onto a group of 3 young adults in central station, who would have contrasting perspectives of the station. Frame 1 and 2 illustrate the exactly same path but taken in the opposite sequence explaining how the same architecture can be view in alternative ways based on how people view the city. Furthermore the sound of the four frames which are a multitude of cars, trains, bikes, footsteps and many more connotes that the city can be read in many ways depends on how you expose yourself to it. In conclusion by collating these techniques it allows us to understand there isn’t a single storey but many stories that shape how we see the city and architecture.

opening scene Figgs, Mike. Time Code (2002), 3rd and 4th frames show different perspectives of the same area.
similarly 1st and 2nd frame of my film is showing the exact same point but in the opposite views of an individual.
3rd frame shows “bouncing” technique.


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  4. Film reference: Figgs, Mike. Time Code (2002) Four frames of simultaneous action play in the same screen that follow different characters <>
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