In Limbo

A unique film experiment that uses 360º video and interactive sound to put you in the centre of an unusual mix of characters stuck overnight in an airport. Look around and eavesdrop on conversations by using your phone as a viewfinder. There is always more than one way to view every situation and as the night develops not everyone is what they seem.

When all flights are cancelled at an airport late at night, a group of strangers stuck in the café find themselves thrown together. A relationship blossoms, a fight breaks out, and secrets are revealed.

In Limbo is a narrative film in 360º with something to see and hear wherever you look.

Unlike a traditional film there is no main character or single narrative to follow. Instead, the viewer becomes the editor, choosing to focus in on stories or characters that interest them.

In Limbo was filmed on a micro-budget in central London over one night. We worked with talented actors, friends and film students to pull off epic, 10 minute takes with 14 actors performing all at once.

Created before 360º video went mainstream, we rented an enormous, industrial panoramic video camera from a university. The sound was recorded live via wireless lavalier microphones, and mixed into 5 audio tracks for the final film.

The final outcome was an iOS app written in OpenFrameworks that integrated a 360º video player with interactive audio.

We showed In Limbo at the Digital Shoreditch festival as an interactive installation. We placed viewers at one of the café tables with a coffee cup as a controller. Turning the Arduino-powered cup changed the angle of view of the projected film and audio for a truly immersive experience.

The project was shortlisted in the SXSW interactive awards and showcased at the festival in 2014.

Costume designs

Credits

Written and Directed by:
Leo Bridle & Leo Powell

Produced by:
Full Circle Interactive

Sound by:
Hammersnail Sonic Research

App development:
Ross Cairns, TheWorkers.net

Cast:
Baldeep…………… Asheq Akhtar
Frank……………… Ian Alexander
Bob..……………….. Ross Ericson
Carmen..………… Carla Espinoza
Dan……………………..Luke Kaile
Jogger………………….. Cael King
Kate……………….. Alice Knapton
Homeless man… Antonio Mancino
Mike..…………….. Trevor Murphy
Security Guard.… Andrew Preston
Paula.…………… Katie Richmond
Debbie.…………….. Julia Tarnoky
Pilot.………………….. Bob Vowles
Stephen…………….. Tom Worsley
Josh………………… Louis Higgins

Director of Photography:
Maria Lax

Assistant Director:
Chris Corbishley

Production Sound Mixer and Supervising Sound Editor:
Marian Mentrup

Foley Artist:
Almut Schwacke

Foley Recordist:
Peter Lorenz

Production crew:
Alyssa Stratton
Aslak Danbol

Costumes:
Gina Habgood

DMP artist:
Harry Wormald

Thanks to:
Imperial College London
Plymouth University ICCI

Janon Henry
Usayd Younis
Kyle Koehler
Claire Fauché
Jack Cunningham
Costanza Madricardo