What if you had five minutes to live? What would you do with that time? Would you make it count? Would you just give in or would you try to be the person you always thought you should be? The central premise of Ien Chi’s student short film Tick Tock presents those questions in the aftermath of several gigantic mistakes.
You might want to watch this one twice because Chi shoots the film running backwards. That is, we start at the story’s conclusion and wind our way back to the start. Normally, I’m not a fan of this technique as it seems like a technical cover up for a story’s shortcomings, but here, once you’ve adjusted to the lay of the land, you really become engrossed in what Emit did to end his life.
“Never have I put in so much effort into a single film. This short film is the result of hundreds of hours of work from many people. It was originally made for Campus MovieFest. It is definitely the most ambitious and biggest scale project I’ve done thus far,” says Chi.
Of course, the second time through, knowing how the story “ends” takes a bit of the excitement out of it. As such, Chi should’ve asked himself if the story would have been just as good told normally. I say yes. Regardless, this is definitely worth your time. [via reddit]