Science fiction films don’t have to involve armies of mutants, fleets of spaceships, or a galactic empire. Sometimes they can go straight back to the roots of what makes science fiction what it is, asking the question “What if?”

Today’s offering does just that, in a short subject by Finite Films called Stealing Time. In it, two antagonists fight over a working time machine, with predictably convoluted results.

The film was made in 2011, as part of Finite Films‘ year-long, interactive film project, where a short film was made every month based on audience-generated constraints. The constraints for this one were:

• Cannot take place entirely in one location.
• Someone must say the words “time travel.”
• Two characters must have a long-standing rivalry.
• When one character was a kid, he/she used to wish he/she could travel back in time to see real-life dinosaurs.
• One character is a wine lover and is very picky/elitist about their wine.
• One character prefers bubble baths to showers.
• Someone has to say: “I have to go back.”

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