New video essay from Nelson Carvajal presents Dunkirk split into real-time

As an experiment, I took a few sequences from Dunkirk and employed Mike Figgis‘ design from his groundbreaking 2000 film Timecode. In Timecode, Figgis told four 93-minute stories in four simultaneous one-shot takes and had them all play in frames next to each other onscreen. Therefore, I tried to emulate a similar sort of symphony that Timecodeachieves, where certain perspectives eventually cross paths, leading us to see how specific moments play out and how they affect different people.

How does Dunkirk in Real Time play for you? Does it achieve more of a visceral impact? Do you feel like you’re actually watching a film where something is really at stake?

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