Tuesday, June 15, 2010

In Nolan We Trust

hey everyone

i think it goes without saying that Christopher Nolan is one of the most interesting, talented film directors on the go at the moment, if not the best currently making films. why? well, if you take away his two biggest films, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, you are still left with quite an impressive cannon of films - Memento, Insomnia and my favourite, The Prestige. thus far, mindful of the fact that i have not yet seen his current effort starring a certain Leondardo Di Caprio, it seems he can do no wrong.

here is a link to a recent interview conducted at a film festival, and if you read it you can understand why he is a success - he wants basically the same thing as film fans want to appear on screen, rather than some obscure vision or something that "research" has said will work.

the two aspects of the interview that i found particularly appealing are his comments around this whole 3D business and the use of CGI in films.

in short, whereas certain great visionaries of cinema, as well of course as one of the biggest egomaniacs to ever walk this earth, are getting all excited about films in 3D, Nolan puts it into the right perspective, seeing it as a "novelty" that doesn't actually add to cinema. well said!

as for CGI, there's an interesting part where he recalls challenging some CGI experts to "recreate and surpass" a film scene he did for real. guess which one looked better?

one can only hope the common sense approach by Mr Nolan eventually prevails across all cinema!

be excellent to each other!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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