Learn Chris Nolan's Indie Film Tips
For most people the name Christopher Nolan conjures up dark, violent images taken from big-budget Hollywood blockbusters like The Dark Knight series or Inception. However, the British director of Memento didn't always have VFX technology, bankable stars, and mega-budgets to work with. Prior to his rise to be one of the most celebrated autures in Hollywood, Nolan began with independent projects shot on a shoestring budget back in the 90's. Recently, The Criterion Collection along with VICE magazine interviewed Nolan about his earlier film Following, whose impressionistic look and stylized noir-look first got him noticed by Hollywood producers after its 1998 release. As interesting as the interview is with respect to Nolan's humble beginnings, it's also a invaluable source for finding creative ways of producing films with little or no budget. The director walks you through how his team overcame lighting issues with Following by shooting during the day or near windows, and how using "dry takes" help improve problems with sound quality. Overall, Nolan's early, financially-limited, philosophy to film making seems to be one common among beginners: embrace the limitations placed upon your project and to use "cheats" like shooting in black and white to suggest a stylized or more "artistic" approach to your subject rather than simply a cheaper way of doing things.