Chris Nolan Speaks at the Hero Complex Film Festival

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memento Chris Nolan Speaks at the Hero Complex Film Festival

Audience members then got a chance to ask a few questions. First up was comic book artist, Ed Brubaker (Captain America). He asked about Nolan’s screenwriting process that leads to scripts that he called “bulletproof.”

Nolan made some interesting points, like the fact he wrote Following in chronological order. The film is much like The Prestige in its non-linear structure, yet he placed the pieces in that final order after it was written. Of course, he found that process to be extremely difficult. When it came to Memento, he wrote it exactly as you see it – backwards.

But Nolan’s writing process takes on a few other patterns as well, like when he battled with The Joker’s backstory in The Dark Knight.

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“…With The Dark Knight, with the Joker, his origin story I wrote a couple of times. With that I tend to just write very, very free form, very, very long. I just sort of splurge through three or four pages. Then I spend days and days just editing it down to make it into something, but trying not to stop an idea before it has a chance to be born.

Another audience member asked about the tremendous success of The Dark Knight and if it caught Nolan by surprise. While he was humbled by the success, he gave much of the credit to Batman Begins for giving people the confidence in his vision. Nolan also gave credit to the wonderful performance by Heath Ledger as The Joker.

Boucher then got back on the microphone to ask Nolan about his opinion on 3D. His answer is making the rounds on the Internet as we speak and with good reason – 3D is a massive part of the evolution of the film industry. His answer was tremendously in depth, but I’ll leave out his jargon that left much of the audience in awe of his technical prowess.

“I’m not a huge fan of 3D, really. There is no question that if audiences want to watch films in stereoscopic imaging, that is what the studios will be doing and that is what I’ll be doing. The truth is, I think it is a misnomer to call it 3D versus 2D, because the whole point of cinematic imagery is that it is 3D imagery – we work in three dimensions. You know, 95% of our depth cues come from occlusion, resolution and so forth. So, the idea of calling a 2D movie a 2D movie is a little misleading.

I don’t know, we did test some of Inception in post-conversion processes and they worked very well. It is quite easy to do, in fact. But it takes a little time and we didn’t have time to do it up to the standards that I would have been happy with. But it was fascinating technology. On a technical level I think it is fascinating. There are just enormous compromises. Post-conversion processes are probably, for me, the way of the future. But, really it is up to audiences to decide what they want to see and how they want to watch their films. Certainly, I am quite pleased with Inception and the way it is presented – very bright, very clear. So, as the technology improves, those differences may change. Really, it’s going to be up to audiences. [Later, in an unrelated moment] I find it impossible to forget as a viewer that I am watching a film at times [with 3D].”

The 45-minute interview with Christopher Nolan flew by, even though nothing crazy was revealed. Those in attendance were given a fantastic look at the creative genius of Nolan – his combination of technical expertise, careful care for the fans and overall passion for movies shines through in his articulate responses.

I wish I was there for Sunday’s conversation with Ridley Scott – held in between screenings of Alien and Blade Runner – but I had to catch a flight back home to Chicago. Head over to the Hero Complex blog and check out Geoff Boucher’s rundown of the interview.

Inception releases in theaters and IMAX on July 16th, 2010.

Batman 3 and Superman are both scheduled for 2012 releases.

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  1. What an amazing interview. I found that fascinating. I agree that Insomnia is very underrated and am hella excited for Inception.

  2. I usually get bored with these interviews but hearing Nolan is just so damn captivating for some reason.

  3. What a great interview. Christopher Nolan is truly a very distinguished, talented and perceptive film maker.

    It’s a pity Marvel Studios haven’t been able to hire someone of Nolan’s calibre and expertise to oversee “The Avengers” project.

  4. Because of this interview I’m forced to come to a SAD speculation that I know people will want to wrangle with. They may downplay it as misdirection, they may even like the decision. Rather than beat around the bush though I’ll just come out and say it.

    I don’t think we’re going to see a live action “Justice League” movie quite likely ever.

    I think Nolan will also end Batman’s career as a masked crime fighter in his third film. He will either resolve the story elements in a way that allows Wayne to lay the costume aside or he will kill him!

    I now think that Nolan sees ALL these characters as exclusive. They exist in their own exclusive worlds. When he’s working in the world of Superman He’s the only superhero of the picture. He, Superman is the only super hero in the world. I suppose if you listen to his comments close enough and his actions, like the scene in the “Dark Knight” where the copy cat Batmans get taken down and humiliated you can easily see that he’s very dedicated to this notion. So if his movie making style and outlook are the pattern or Gold standard for Warner’s “plan” for future live action super hero movies I’d say it’s a safe bet that you won’t see “Justice League.”

    • I completely agree with you, except I like that singular focus. Marvel’s expansive focus on the Avengers film has hurt the individual character films, in my opinion.I wouldn’t be surprised if Nolan killed Batman in a way that gave him a glorious and utilitarian death. If not, he may very well have Bruce Wayne hang up the suit in honor of Rachel’s hope that he would someday be able to live without Batman.

  5. An avengers film CANNNOT work.

    • Why not?

  6. It can work there is no reason that it can’t work. It my be hard for it but it’s possible.

  7. POST??? POST???


    Oh, Chris, No!