Building on the success from its debut outing, 'The Imagination Series' from Bombay Sapphire returns to offer five storytellers the chance to make their own short film using an outline script written by Oscar-winner Geoffrey Fletcher. The Mill collaborated with director Gary Freedman from The Glue Society to create 'Exit Log', Chris Cornwell's winning sci-fi drama. Presenting a vision of the future where time travel is a safety feature on space vessels, two engineer's journey takes a dramatic turn when they discover an emergency message from the past.
With over 1,300 entries from almost 70 countries, the competition gives aspiring filmmakers across the globe the chance to showcase their 'imagination' by dreaming up their own variation of Fletcher’s script. Led by Fletcher and Oscar-winning actor Adrien Brody, a panel of judges from the filmmaking community selected the five winning treatments to be produced into a short film premiering at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival.
This year's films saw Fletcher's words transformed into a wide range of characters and settings in genres spanning fantasy, rom-com, drama, thrillers and science fiction.
"Reflections" from Anthony Khaseria (UK): A romantic meal turns dark and fantastical when a beautiful couple discovers a hidden mirror which shows their true reflection.
Need for Speed (Dating) from Allyson Morgan (USA): In this light hearted comedy, Polly tries to find a date that lives up to her dream boyfriend at a speed dating event.
"Graffiti Area" from Maite Fernandez (Spain): When two young graffiti artists start painting, the graffiti takes on a monstrous life of its own.
The Other Side of the Game from Kiara Jones (USA): A newly married couple battle to get out alive from an unfamiliar hostage situation in this taut psychological thriller.
"Exit Log" from Chris Cornwell (UK)
Set in 2249, the film takes place in a future where time travel is possible - but only to three-minutes into the past. The story follows two space engineers, Amy and Hannah, as their journey through deep space takes a dramatic turn when they discover an emergency message from the past. They have just three minutes to decipher the message and decide their fate forever.
Chris shared the film's inspiration on the program's official Tumblr, revealing that the "huge film and sci-fi buff" was inspired by sci-fi writers Phillip K. Dick and Isaac Asimov and their visions of a future that wasn't necessarily utopic or dystopic. He explains, "If time travel was invented tomorrow, we wouldn’t just be using it for the betterment of the human race, we’d probably be using it as a way of making (or saving) money. So I thought it would be fun to treat time travel like a high tech safety device- something fantastic and mundane at the same time."
The film's concept combines the mechanics of time travel with real-time storytelling by beginning at the end and working back to the beginning, building to a strong, impactful finish.
Once Chris completed the script, director Gary Freedman and the production team set to work bringing his vision to life. Representing The Mill team, producer Tom Johnson shares, "The project entailed building a space ship entirely in CG, designing, animating and comping three separate interfaces and extensive tracking and wire removal work. All of this was then polished off with a fantastic grade by Matt Osborne."
And this is just the beginning. We hope to see more mind-bending sci-fi films from Chris in the near future! And now, watch the product of the team's hard work in the video below.