Viral Canon EOS 5D Mark II Student Film “Tick Tock”

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We love finding these little gems… “Tick Tock” is a Canon EOS 5D Mark II (reviews) short that is going viral – posted on Feb 22, it has well over 300k views, and it won Best Picture at the Emory University's Campus MovieFest 2011. Another really great thing about this for those of us budding filmmakers, is the movie maker Ien Chi included a ton of behind the scenes videos (see below). A successful project, Ien walks us thru the entire filmmaking process including the talent search thru the final production and even the award ceremony where they won first prize.

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Tick Tock – student short film for Emory Campus MovieFest 2011

What would you do if you had only five minutes to live? Trace a young man's few minutes of trying to fulfill his life's highest potential.

Never have I put in so much effort into a single short film. This project is the result of hundreds of hours of work from many people. Originally made for Campus MovieFest, this film is definitely the biggest scale and most ambitious project I've ever done. Watch in HD and with good/loud sound! Watch my other films!

We just won Best Picture at the Emory finale event. We will be competing internationally at Hollywood in June! I have also been nominated as one of five people in the nation for the Best Director Award for CMF.

Filmed with a 5d mark ii camera with a 24-70mm lens on a steadicam merlin. We did 36 takes to get the right one. Morgan and I went running weeks before to get our cardio into shape for the shoot. Yes, the final film is all in one take. Everything was shot on the Oxford College of Emory campus.

Morgan Ayres (Emit):
Valee Gallant (Rena):
Maurice Winsell (buddy):
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Raw unedited take the film was made from

Played forward – helps you understand the movie a little better if you didn't get it the first time

Behind the scenes

Note the first two are reversed – the one labeled as “2” is really the first one due to the dates in the video.

Isn't it great having all of that background info? [source: tweet from @myloismylife]

(cover photo credit: snap from the video)

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  1. ..if it played out in forward time it would have
    been gut it is now..not sure…

    But putting a clock on something only works
    going forward…here all the tension was let out..
    ..though was interesting to see papers fly in reverse..

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