Meanwhile

Meanwhile

An Interactive Non-linear Film, 22 mins, 2006
(David Clark, Jeff Howard, Chris Mendis, Shelley Simmons)

www.meanwhile.ca

Play Meanwhile Trailer

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Jean-Luc Godard once said that a film must have a beginning, middle and an end but not necessarily in that order. MEANWHILE explores new ways to detour from the well-trodden path of narrative by giving the viewer a choice as to which direction in time they want to move through the story. The nine scenes in this screwball comedy can be seen in any order; each path revealing the intricate interconnectivity of the characters follies, obsessions, and ambitions.

This project explores a variety of ways in which the film might be seen. In a festival screening situation the DVD will automatically create a random order for the nine scenes, although each screening will be different. On the website the viewer is given a choice at the end of each scene as to which direction to go in the timeline: forward, backwards, or meanwhile. On the iPod each scene is downloaded separately and then set on ‘shuffle’. We have conceived of this new form as a ‘Shuffle Film’ where the narrative works in congress with the limited interactive features of today’s media delivery platforms.

MEANWHILE is the screwball, day in the life story following the parallel story lines of four characters; ALEX (Rick Grayson), who is trying to work a coke deal to get him out of the hole, his girlfriend FIONA (Claire Reid), who is upset about the death of Alex’s dog, MARCIA, Fiona’s long lost sister who has entered Alex’s life in a surprising way, and finally DENNIS SUGARMAN (Lou Israel) a cross-dressing politician on the stump.

MEANWHILE was produced as a prototype at the Canadian Film Centre as part of the Interactive Arts and Entertainment Programme.

SCREENINGS

2008
Cinema Tous Ecrans, Genève, Switzerland.

2007
FILE2007, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

2006
Hybrid Media, CFC Prototype Launch, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, Canada.
26th Atlantic Film Festival, Halifax.
Vertex, McLuhan Festival of the Future, Toronto, Canada.

AWARDS

Reflet d’Or for Best Interactive Multimedia Fiction, Cinema Tous Ecrans, Genève, Switzerland, 2009.

CREDITS

Cast

ALEX      Rick Grayson
MARCIA      Jennifer Lieberman
FIONA     Claire Reid
DENNIS SUGARMAN      Lou Israel
SYLVIA RUMBALL    Lou Israel
DRY CLEANER     Joan Kivanda
PET CLINIC RECEPTIONIST    McKinnley Prince
MAX    Darryl Gold
RADIO VOICE       Gordon Vickman

Crew

WRITTEN BY

David Clark, Jeff Howard, Chris Mendis, Shelley Simmons

CINEMATOGRAPHY BY      Joshua Allen
ART DIRECTION BY     Kristin Trethewey
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR     Juliana Conceicao
EDITED BY      Jeff Howard
MUSIC BY      Jeff Toyne
PRODUCED BY      Shelley Simmons
DIRECTED BY     David Clark

SOUND RECORDING     Jeff Howard
CAMERA ASSISTANT      John Dellaporta
GAFFER       Bobby Bulat
BEST BOY      Matt Davey
PRODUCTION STILLS      Quinto Gairdino
MAKE UP      Aminah Ahmad, Clarrisa Magalhaes
PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS     Petra Strasek, Clarrisa Magalhaes
CATERING      Caitlin Erskine-Smith

William F. White, Toronto
Canadian Film Centre – Film and Television Program
National Rentals

Produced through the facilities Habitat New Media Lab
Telus Interactive Arts and Entertainment Program
2005 – 2006