Overtime was the first film to officially carry a Waking Dream logo. It was also the first collaboration between Jordan Morris and Richard Reynolds. The idea for the film had been talked about for some time but was finally made for a 2 week horror competition. The competition required film makers to produce short horror films in 2 weeks and include a specific line of dialogue. Overtime's line was "what do you think you are doing here?", which fit perfectly into our idea for a simple ghost story.
Planning for the film took up most of the first week and the film was shot on 1 Saturday at the I-Centre in Mansfield. Inspiration for the film came from Asian horror classics, inparticular A Tale Of Two Sisters, and the goal was to build a sense of fear through unsettling scenarios and images rather than loud noises and gore. The week of planning ensured the tightly choreographed haunting sequences went smoothly and the filming was completed without any major problems.
While Overtime did not win the competition, it works well as a slow burn ghost story and there has often been talk of using it as the opening to a larger film. Few people realise on first viewing that the ghost is everywhere in the building, even before it is clearly seen, almost every shot after entering the building has the ghost hidden in the background. Combining this with other subtle techniques, such as lights constantly resetting, gives Overtime it's unnerving feel.