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Time Flies: A “Boyhood”-Type Ongoing Film Series and The Only One Of Its Kind In Existence

Beginning in 2003 (the same year the Academy Award winning film “Boyhood” started production) three children have been filmed once a year saying words and phrases that have been edited into hundreds of short films exploring many universal themes including life, love, dreams and, most importantly, the passage of time. This is an ongoing project with 14 years completed and many future years (and short films) to come. Starring Alyssa, Patrick and Chas DeAngelis.

Click here for a more detailed explanation of current and future "Time Flies" films.

Example of a Bank Commercial
Running time: 33 seconds

Dialogue year by year:
2003 Isn’t
2004 it
2005 funny
2006 how
2007 time
2008 flies
2009 right
2010 before
2011 your
2012 eyes
2013 The
2014 future
2015 will be tomorrow
2016 So start saving today
2016 you’ll be glad you did

(With tags over piggybank photo)

 
     

Example of a Bank Commercial #2
Running time: 33 seconds

Same dialogue, same example of a Bank of America commercial but with different frame crop featuring a “Get The Balance Right From Bank Of America” tag running at bottom of frame through entire commercial.

 
     

Example of a Bank Commercial #3
Running time: 33 seconds

Same as first two examples of a Bank of America commercial except framing only Alyssa through the entire commercial.


 
     

Example of a Wealth Management Company Commercial
Running time: 1:02

Dialogue year by year:
2003 Isn’t
2004 it
2005 funny
2006 how
2007 time
2008 flies
2009 one
2010 day
2011 you
2012 blink
2013 and
2014 Poof!
2015 whoosh
2016 sixteen years
2017 have vanished
2018 did you plan wisely?

 
***This short film is scheduled to be finished in 2018 and has title cards for 2017 and 2018.
     

Example of a Wealth Management Company Commercial #2
Running time: 22 seconds

Same commercial as above except without head and tail titles.

 
   
 

Example of a Commercial for Dictionary.com or Similar Website
Running time: 56 seconds

Dialogue year by year:
2003 Isn’t
2004 it
2005 funny
2006 how
2007 time
2008 flies
2009 right
2010 before
2011 your
2012 eyes
2013 or maybe it’s not funny, maybe it’s freaky
2014 true
2015 (thinking) ummmmm
2016 or maybe it’s not freaky, maybe it’s just lugubrious

 
     

Example of a Commercial for an Art Culture Website
Running time: 1:39

Dialogue year by year:
2003 Isn’t
2004 it
2005 funny
2006 how
2007 time
2008 flies
2009 right
2010 before
2011 your
2012 eyes
2013 the future is a mind blowing mystery
2014 and you’re wasting precious seconds of it watching this video
2015 do something
2015 go read “Moby Dick”
2016 or go listen to some Miles Davis
2016 or watch “Taxi Driver”
2016 That was a good movie
2016 or go sit in the park and read some short stories by Kurt Vonnegut
2016 or check out some of Ralph Eugene Meatyard’s photographs

 
     

Example of a Commercial for a Travel Website (Airbnb.com)
Running time: 1:08

Dialogue year by year:
2003 Isn’t
2004 it
2005 funny
2006 how
2007 time
2008 flies
2009 right
2010 before
2011 your
2012 eyes
2013 it moves like spiritual lightning
2014 and you’re wasting precious sections of it watching this video
2015 go out and do something
2016 anything
2016 Time is king
2016 and every second
2016 counts
2016 go to the Grand Canyon
2016 go skydiving
2016 or go over Niagra Falls in a barrel
2016 or learn karate
2016 or build a treehouse, like one of these

 
     

Example of a Commercial for a Movie Steaming Service (Amazon.com)
Running time: 2:12

Dialogue year by year:
2003 Isn’t
2004 it
2005 funny
2006 how
2007 time
2008 flies
2009 right
2010 before
2011 your
2012 eyes
2013 The days ahead are paper to write your life on
2014 and you’re wasting precious seconds of it watching this video
2015 go read a book
2016 or visit a local museum
2016 or watch a movie, here’s some suggestions (Includes clips from “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” Shawshank Redemption” “Gladiator.”)

 
     

Example of a Commercial for a Book Seller Website (Books.com)
Running time: 1:44

Dialogue year by year:
2003 Isn’t
2004 it
2005 funny
2006 how
2007 time
2008 flies
2009 right
2010 before
2011 your
2012 eyes
2013 here’s an interesting fact about time
2014 you’re wasting precious seconds of it watching this video
2015 so don’t just sit there
2015 do something
2016 anything
2016 go watch some reruns of “I Love Lucy”
2016 or go listen to some Miles Davis
2016 go to the Grand Canyon
2016 or visit a local museum
2016 or go the park and read some short stories by Kurt Kavo-konavik (flubbed line)

 
***Kurt Vonnegut’s name is continually flubbed - blooper-style commercial
   
 

Example of a “Celebrity Homage” Comedy Film - Jimmy Kimmel
Running time: 1:30

Dialogue year by year:
2003 Isn’t
2004 it
2005 funny
2006 how
2007 time
2008 flies
2009 right
2010 before
2011 your
2012 eyes
2013 it’s like Jughead from Archie Comics said
2014 time’s a ho you gotta slap around
2015 no, I think Gandhi said that
2016 are you sure? I thought that was Jimmy Kimmel

 
     

Example of a “Celebrity Homage” Comedy Film - Miley Cyrus/Jimmy Kimmel
Running time: 1:10

Dialogue year by year:
2003 Isn’t
2004 it
2005 funny
2006 how
2007 time
2008 flies
2009 right
2010 before
2011 your
2012 eyes
2013 it’s like Miley Cyrus said
2014 every second is the perfect time to twerk
2015 no, I think Captain Kangaroo said that
2016 are you sure? I thought that was Jimmy Kimmel

 
     

Example Of A Holiday Film - Halloween
Running time: 1:43

Dialogue year by year:
2003 Isn’t
2004 it
2005 funny
2006 how
2007 time
2008 flies
2009 one
2010 day
2011 you
2012 blink
2013 and
2014 Poof!
2015 Your time’s up

 
     

Example of a Holiday Film - Christmas
Running time: 41 seconds

Dialogue year by year:
2003 Isn’t
2004 it
2005 funny
2006 how
2007 time
2008 flies
2009 one
2010 day
2011 you
2012 blink
2013 and
2014 and 12 Christmases have disappeared
2014 poof
2014 where’d they go?
2015 and now 13
2016 and now 14
2016 so yeah, time moves fast
2016 so enjoy every holiday
2016 with someone you love
2016 have fun
2016 and appreciate every minute
2016 you’ll be glad you did

 
     

Example of a Holiday Film -
Christmas #2
Running time: 55 seconds

Dialogue year by year:
2003 Isn’t
2004 it
2005 funny
2006 how
2007 time
2008 flies
2009 right
2010 before
2011 your
2012 eyes
2013 here’s an interesting fact
2014 (Teddy Roosevelt story)
2015 uh-huh
2016 so Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night

 
   
 

Example of a “Happy Birthday” Film
(Current Running Time: 29 seconds Projected Final Running Time: 58 seconds)

Dialogue year by year:
2003 Isn’t
2004 it
2005 funny
2006 how
2007 time
2008 flies
2009 one
2010 day
2011 you
2012 blink
2013 and
2014 twelve birthdays have disappeared
2015 and now thirteen
2016 and now fourteen
2017 yup, they’re just zippin’ right by
2018 so just in case you have a birthday today
2019 here’s a little something for ya’
2020 (sings) happy birthday to you
2021 (sings) happy birthday to you
2022 (sings) happy birthday and we mean it
2023 (sings) happy birthday to you…and many more

 
*** This is a film in progress designed to end in 2023 with the last four years including a version of the song “Happy Birthday."
     

Short Film #1 - The Magic Trick
Running time: 1:21

Dialogue year by year:
2003 Isn’t
2004 it
2005 funny
2006 how
2007 time
2008 flies
2009 one
2010 day
2011 you
2012 blink
2013 and
2014 poof
2015 it’s like some cosmic magician made the last 14 years disappear
2015 what the hell happened?

 
     

The Magic Trick (Version 2) Just Patrick And Chas
Running time: 34 seconds

Same as Magic Trick #1 – Version 2 has only Patrick and Chas on camera.

 
     

Short Film #2 - Does Bill Gates Have Enough Moola?
Running time: 1:18

Dialogue year by year:
2003 Isn’t
2004 it
2005 funny
2006 how
2007 time
2008 flies
2009 right
2010 before
2011 your
2012 eyes
2013 Bill Gates, with all of his cash, can’t buy an extra second
2014 you hear that Gates?
2015 not one
2016 philosophically, you’re really just a speck of dust like everyone else
2016 you can still buy your own island though and that’s kind of cool
2016 bye…bye…

 
     

Short Film #3 - 25 Year Poem Written by the World
(Running Time: 53 seconds
Projected Final Running Time: Between 2-3 minutes)

*** This is a film in progress designed to end in 2027.

 
   
 

Short Film #4 - Spend Your Time Wisely or You Will Pay for It Dearly
Running time: 57 seconds

Dialogue year by year:
2003 Isn’t
2004 it
2005 funny
2006 how
2007 time
2008 flies
2009 right
2010 before
2011 your
2012 eyes
2013 so
2014 rule number one
2015 you ready?
2016 spend your time wisely or you willl pay for it dearly

 
     

Short Film #5 - Beware of Nasty People
Running time: 1:21

Dialogue year by year:
2003 Isn’t
2004 it
2005 funny
2006 how
2007 time
2008 flies
2009 right
2010 before
2011 your
2012 eyes
2013 don’t
2014 waste a second of it
2015 not even one
2016 on people who are assholes
2016 let me repeat that just so you get it through your thick head
2013 don’t
2014 waste a second of it
2015 not even one
2016 on people who are assholes
2016 that’s good advice right

 
     

Short Film #6 - Treat Every Second Like Gold
(Running Time current to 2016:
39 seconds
Estimated for 2022: 1:00)

Dialogue year by year:
2003 Isn’t
2004 it
2005 funny
2006 how
2007 time
2008 flies
2009 right
2010 before
2011 your
2012 eyes
2013 It
2014 Makes
2015 You
2016 Want
2017 To
2018 Treat
2019 Every
2020 Second
2021 Like
2022 Gold!

 
***This film is a 20 year shoot, having begun in 2003 and to be shot through 2022
     

Short Film #7 - Words of Wisdom My Dear Old Granddaddy Told Me on My 21st Birthday
Running time: 1:24

Dialogue year by year:
2003 Isn’t
2004 it
2005 funny
2006 how
2007 time
2008 flies
2009 right
2010 before
2011 your
2012 eyes
2013 so
2014 rule number one
2015 when life gives you lemons
2016 make yourself an ice cold lemon flavored alcoholic beverage

 
     

Short Film #8 - The Irresponsible Generation
Running time: 1:20

Dialogue year by year:
2003 Isn’t
2004 it
2005 funny
2006 how
2007 time
2008 flies
2009 one
2010 day
2011 you
2012 blink
2013 and
2014 poof
2015 this world
2016 has gone insane
2016 like a hellbound train
2016 that’s not good news

 
     

Short Film #9 - Eleven Years in Twelve Seconds
Running time: 21 seconds

Dialogue year by year:
2003 Isn’t
2004 it
2005 funny
2006 how
2007 time
2008 flies
2009 right
2010 before
2011 your
2012 eyes
2013 I mean, what’s with that?

 
     

Short Film #10 - Selling the Film Rights to My Dream to Martin Scorsese
Running time: 1:24

Dialogue year by year:
2003 Isn’t
2004 it
2005 funny
2006 how
2007 time
2008 flies
2009 right
2010 before
2011 your
2012 eyes
2013 so
2013 last night I had a dream
2014 it was one they could turn into a movie
2015 I would probably be played by one of the young, handsome actors in Hollywood
2015 I’d probably be played by like a young Johnny Depp
2015 I’d want Martin Scorsese to direct it
2015 yeah, it was that good
2016 it’s too gritty for someone like Spielberg
2016 it was a dream about the concept of time
2016 in this dream I was stuck inside a giant clock
2016 with Miley Cyrus

*** tag at end “To Be Continued” - this is an ongoing film/short story that can be continued Indefinitely to an upcoming year as yet undetermined. Includes three alternatives of 2016 dialogue of who to be stuck inside giant clock with. These three other choices of dialogue are Donald J. Trump, Taylor Swift and Hillary Clinton.

 

       
                 

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Author, Marketing

 

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David Ogilvy,
Advertising Legend

  Record year by year of
"Time Flies" films
that have been shot
and future
"Time Flies" films
that have been written.
                 

Contact Jim Riffel if you'd like to find out more information about "Time Flies."