Christopher Nolan, who has helmed cult films like Memento, The Dark Knight and Inception among others, is currently in India. He has been meeting the who’s who of the Indian film industry to discuss the importance of filming on celluloid and to promote the cause of film preservation and restoration.
For years, Nolan has been vocal about the importance of shooting on film – on physical celluloid and not just on digital platform.
In a media interaction in Mumbai, director Christopher Nolan spoke about his love for traditional formats 35mm and 70mm over digital. He also encouraged aspiring filmmakers to fight for their choice of medium.
The Dunkirk director also discussed how filmmaking is a director’s dream and that they should have the choice of how the audience experiences their film.
He said, “This discussion has risen in the past that why somebody chose to shoot a film in something which is difficult and not digital. They (critics) speak as if filmmaking were an illogical and pragmatic thing to do. But its not. No film is illogical or pragmatic. Films are about dreams, magic, escapism and experience. So, it is about your feeling towards the medium whether you want to work or not work that way. I am somebody who choose to shoot film in something which is difficult than shooting it digitally.”
Nolan also discussed how he wants to empower filmmakers to fight for their right to choose their preferred medium to showcase their art.
On this, the acclaimed director said, “None of these fights are easy, particularly when you are starting out. But they are all worth fighting for as we are all part of that tension and the process that filmmakers go through as storytellers.”
Christopher Nolan also emphasised how important it is to preserve film in its actual form.
He said, “What is very important as a film preservationist and as a filmmaker is that I have shown everything on celluloid. We are fighting a battle to save celluloid films in India where people are disbanding the films. People are not realising the importance of celluloid.”