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The Time Collector

Tom Menary

Music by

Tom Menary

Publication information

Canon 550D

General information

Science fiction




Sons of Moorland



The Time Collector is the twenty-eighth short production from Wingless Films, and the second to feature Jim Elton in a starring role. He plays the Collector, a hitman who sends death threats back through time, showing his marks their future murder at his hands. The film also stars Tom Menary as the Collector's latest target, and was co-directed by the pair.


"When the future starts sending you warnings, maybe it's time to change your fate... before the Collector comes to call."[1]

Story summaryEdit

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The Collector recites his message.

The film begins with the arrival of a death masque on the doorstep of a suburban home. The resident enters the kitchen and finds the strange delivery. He takes it with him to his room, where he discovers a disc secured to the back of the mask—with his name written on the front.

Inserting it into his television, the man finds himself watching a death threat sent by a balaclava-clad terrorist: The Collector. He references the man's debts, and shows a figure kneeling at his side—who is revealed to be the man himself, apparently from a point in his own future. Shocked, the man can only watch as the Collector takes payment by shooting his future self dead. Warning the viewer that he is not watching an illusion, the Collector ends his message from the future with two words: "Knock knock."

After a moment, just as the man is about to relax, two knocks resound on his door....




  • Jim Elton
    • Co-director
    • Cinematographer
    • Co-editor
    • Props master (iPhone scene)
  • Tom Menary
    • Scriptwriter
    • Co-director
    • Co-editor
    • Music composer
    • Props master (house scenes)
  • Rick Stear
    • Stills photographer
    • Transport

Production and releaseEdit

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Filming photo by Rick Stear.

The concept behind The Time Collector was inspired by the storyline of the then-upcoming feature film Looper, which involves assassins utilizing time travel to eliminate their targets. The script was written on May 3, 2012, and filming began on May 8. The first scene shot was the Collector's message, filmed by Jim Elton on iPhone near Burrator in Dartmoor. Rick Stear took location photographs during the shoot.[3] The remaining scenes, shot in Plymouth, were completed on May 14, with editing beginning the following day.[4]

Tom Menary composed the film's score on May 16.[5] With editing completed on May 17, the film was released first to Wingless Films' followers on YouTube and Twitter, before its official release to Facebook on May 27, alongside the original soundtrack.[2]


Main article: The Time Collector (soundtrack)

The film's original score was composed by Tom Menary, and released alongside the short on May 27. It features a reprise of The Time Traveller's Theme, first heard in 2010's The Passage of Time (and intended for the cancelled short, An Itch in Time), as well as a theme for the character of the Collector.




External linksEdit


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