Time Code 2000 - Spring Movie Preview
starring Salma Hayek,
Jeanne Tripplehorn, Kyle
MacLachlan, Holly Hunter,
Laurie Metcalf, Steven
Weber, Saffron Burrows,
directed by Mike Figgis
what's the big deal? Either
the future of digital
filmmaking or a recipe for a
really bad headache
release date April 28
It's been both the weirdest and the most
enjoyable thing I've ever done,'' Figgis
says of his daring new experiment, a film
that in just 93 minutes shatters virtually every
rule in the moviemaking handbook. ''Time Code
2000'' used no special effects, no dubbing, no
editing, and -- horror of horrors! -- no hair or
makeup people. There wasn't even a script. ''It
was an exercise in extreme self-governing,'' says
Figgis. Even more unusual, the entire movie was
shot 15 different times in one continuous
unedited 93-minute take (the time it takes for
Figgis' digital camera tapes to run out).
Figgis directed four roving cameras to capture
the satirical psychodrama about a group of L.A.
denizens, including an aspiring actress (Hayek),
a studio exec (Skarsgård), his wife (Burrows),
and the actress' love interest (Tripplehorn), who
changes the fate of everyone involved. The
completed film will show all four angles at once
on the big screen.
Without the usual wagon train of Winnebagos
common to most Hollywood productions, few
passersby realized that the ''Leaving Las Vegas''
director was actually shooting a movie. When
Figgis filmed Hayek in a scene on Sunset
Boulevard, a group of unsuspecting fans stepped
into camera range and started yelling ''Salma!
Can we have your autograph?''
In another scene, Hayek's costar Leslie Mann
was applying lipstick in an illegally parked car's
rearview mirror when a real-life cop told her to
move it along. Even celebs were caught off
guard. ''Once, Whoopi Goldberg walked by and
wanted to know what I was doing,'' says Hayek.
''I had to say, 'Shhh, Whoopi! I'm filming a
movie.''' BUZZ FACTOR: 6