“Otherwise they’ll worry there’s nothing off-screen.”Nolan, whose eight movies over 14 years have together generated just more than $3.5 billion in revenue, puts an extraordinary amount of time and effort into engineering believably ample worlds. facility outside London), even if he’s going to shoot just a few street-corner scenes.
He tries to build maps the size of the territory, whole cities from the ground up in disused airship hangars (as he’s done for four of his movies at a former R. Sue Kroll, the president of worldwide marketing for Warner Bros., told me she once got actually lost in the ersatz rain falling on an ersatz Gotham.
“There’s supposed to be a tense feeling of having no air.” But, he went on, the quality of silence would vary from theater to theater; here you’d hear the rumble of air-conditioning, there the rustle of popcorn or coats. Cole had been able to recite the number of seats in the theater off the top of his head but couldn’t recall the dimensions.
The house lights came up, and Nolan found Cole in the back of the theater. “When you get a chance, before you leave,” Nolan said. But I want it as a frame of reference.”“When you have planets and stars, you never want to make people feel as though the screen is too small,” Nolan told me.
We navigated in the descending dark toward Nolan’s preferred seats, third-row center, swinging briefly by Nolan’s assistant of four years, Andy Thompson, to wordlessly exchange an empty takeaway cup of tea for a fresh thermos.
(“Andy can get me tea on a glacier,” Nolan said, with a sort of puzzled appreciation.) Nolan seemed comfortable as he settled in, if a little apprehensive about the screen, which was recently installed. This is encouraging.”Nolan did not settle in for long.Film Studies For Free knows only too well that there's a time and a place for everything. Much more than all you need to know about the online discussion of Nolan's latest film is linked to with customary wit and brevity by David Hudson.Given that Christopher Nolan's Inception has just premiered to mostly great online acclaim, it is probably the right time and place for a bumper FSFF "Christopher Nolan Studies" entry (despite the fact that FSFF's author won't actually see his new film till the weekend... The below links, then, restrict themselves to online, openly accessible, and (pure-dead-brilliant) scholarly takes on Nolan's film work, and related matters, to date.“When I first walked in, I worried that perhaps the screen had been hung just a little too high, but these headrests are very nice.” The screen was silver, designed for 3-D movies, and he worried his peak whites would go gray. Soon I was chasing him as he darted around the dark theater with a swift but moseying gait, moving from one corner to the next, monitoring the clarity of the sound from multiple vantages.The face of Matthew Mc Conaughey, who stars in the film, materialized on the screen in front of us. The most important thing, he said, was the volume; he wanted a lot of simple power, and all of it coming right out of the screen.Although many of Christopher Nolan’s movies happen simultaneously in the past, present and future, he almost never works on weekends.He made an exception, though, on a Saturday early this fall, while he was in New York on the sort of errand almost no director takes up, or has to take up, these days: He was visiting theaters to make sure they were properly prepared to project his new movie, “Interstellar.” The final cut of the movie had been delivered, as is characteristic for him, ahead of schedule, back in June, and he was rapidly running out of tasks within his control before the premiere.“The Prestige,” a Victorian dueling-magician drama, is a clever bit of prestidigitation, as well as a canny commentary on film and technology (Nolan on digital filmmaking can sound a lot like Ricky Jay on David Copperfield).“Inception” was a heist movie that took place in a series of nested dreamscapes.He didn’t put a lot of surround in the mix, because he didn’t want a lot of distraction from the sides.(Outer space, he pointed out dryly, is not known for its ambient murmurs.) He seemed content. It seemed as if, had he enough time, he’d be more than happy to check out every seat in every theater in the country.