#Christopher Nolan

Alexandra Cheney on Christopher Nolan:

A huge proponent of IMAX, Nolan says he shot more of “Interstellar” on IMAX cameras than ever before but that he used spatial interiors and “real environments,” in effect shooting the film and the actor’s responses to action “like a documentary.”

Although he’s all in favor of new technologies, he’s hesitant to adapt or use anything before it’s time tested – in a theater for certain and ideally in front of audiences.

New technology “has to cede what comes before that, and it hasn’t done that yet,” he said.

I cannot wait for Interstellar even though I know basically nothing about it. But in Nolan I trust, given this:

On the subject of 3D, Nolan praised Baz Luhrmann for “The Great Gatsby” but said that as far as the technology, “Just as stadium seating isn’t the best thing for a comedy, 3D isn’t the best for a shared audience.”

Well aware of his audience – a packed house of exhibitors – Nolan defended seeing films on the big screen and lobbied for more re-releases of films. He cited “Citizen Kane” and “The Odyssey” for their non-linear structure and advocated for shooting on 35 mm.

We’ve entered what, year five of 3D (post-Avatar). And for the vast majority of films, it’s still incredibly stupid and gimmicky.

Dave Itzkoff talks with director Zack Snyder about his upcoming Superman film:

What drew Mr. Snyder in as he first read the “Man of Steel” script (while Mr. Nolan and his wife and producing partner, Emma Thomas, waited in his driveway) was a vision of the character that felt both classical and contemporary. On the one hand, Mr. Snyder suggested that for Clark Kent to be fully fleshed out, not every moment in his maturation needed to be depicted.

“We assume that Clark is not a virgin — I do,” he said. ” You don’t see that, but that’s the assumption.”

I love the notion of Snyder telling Christopher Nolan and his producer (also Nolan’s wife) to “wait in the car” while he goes to read a script. 

[via @anthonyha]

On The Score

Like just about everyone else on the planet, I saw Inception last week when it opened. Then I saw it again two days later. I love that movie. But one of the main reasons I love it isn’t so conventional.

Sure, I love the writing, which manages to make an almost impossibly complex story (at least somewhat) understandable for mainstream appeal. And the acting is good, the action is good, the directing is good, etc. But what I really love is the score and the sound.

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