‘Time Trap’ Directors Reflect On How Friendship Came Second To A Shared Passion For Film

Ben Foster and Mark Dennis teamed up while at the University of Texas at Austin, and say they “speak the same language” when it comes to filmmaking.

By Laura RiceNovember 14, 2018 1:27 pm,

Ben Foster and Mark Dennis directed “Time Trap,” a science fiction film about a group of kids who go searching for their missing archeology professor. They track him all the way out to West Texas where they go down into a cave where time works differently than it does above ground. Dennis wrote “Time Trap” and also co-directed the film with Foster.

The duo met in film school at the University of Texas at Austin.

“I think it’s a little backwards in some ways because our friendship stems from our working relationship, and a lot of kids that get teamed up in college, their working relationship comes from their friendship,” Foster says.

Dennis agrees that their friendship stemmed from their time working together.

“We’re not the kind of people who would meet in real life and be buddies. And then it kinda got to a point where if I had a crisis or something, he’s the person that I could call,” Dennis says.

The two say they grew up loving the same movies: “ET,” “Terminator 2: Judgement Day,” and of course, “Back to the Future.”

“We met here on campus both wearing ‘Back to the Future’ shirts. We didn’t know who the other person was,” Dennis says.

They say that their love for the same movies benefits their working relationship.

“It’s like we speak the same language,” Dennis says.

Written by Morgan Kuehler.