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Old 04-14-2012, 11:04 PM   #1
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Chris Nolan Interview

Just wanted to share this interview with anyone who missed it


http://www.dga.org/Craft/DGAQ/All-Ar...her-Nolan.aspx
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Old 04-15-2012, 12:36 AM   #2
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Thank you for posting the link!
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Old 04-15-2012, 03:16 AM   #3
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Dang, that was a great read! Covered a lot of ground, without waffling.

Very hard to pick a fave quote of it, but:

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increasing pressure to stop shooting film and start shooting video (...) It's cheaper to work on film
Never thought I'd hear anyone say that, these days. Really.
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Old 04-15-2012, 12:27 PM   #4
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Never thought I'd hear anyone say that, these days. Really.
I was perplexed by that statement at first as well, until he clarified by saying he uses a color timer rather than doing a digital grade. Also unheard of these days.
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Yes. Thanks for posting. Still reading. I like this bit:

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Q: Another thing thatís unique about your style, especially for such big films, is that you choose to work without a second unit. Why is that?

A: Let me put it this way: If I donít need to be directing the shots that go in the movie, why do I need to be there at all? The screen is the same size for every shot. The little shot of, say, a watch on someoneís wrist, will occupy the same screen size as the shot of a thousand people running down the street. Everything is equally weighted and needs to be considered with equal care, I really do believe that. I donít understand the criteria for parceling things off. Many action films embrace a second unit taking on all of the action. For me, thatís odd because then why did you want to do an action film? Having said that, there are fantastic filmmakers who use second and third units successfully. So it all comes back to the question of defining what a director does. Each of us works in different ways. Itís really helped me keep more of my personality in these big films. Thereís a danger with big-action fare that the presence of the filmmaker is watered down, it can become very neutral, so Iíve tried to keep my point of view in every aspect of these films.
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Old 04-15-2012, 12:41 PM   #6
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Nolan is so down-to-earth brilliant. Informative and interesting read, thanks for sharing
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Old 04-15-2012, 02:32 PM   #7
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I didn't know he never uses a 2nd unit. He deserves so much props for that alone
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