We all know the masterpieces known as Inception, Man of Steel, The Dark Night, and the newest one to add to the books, Dunkirk. What doe these movies have in common? The producer. Christoper Nolan wrote and produced these and many other films. You can say that he is affluent in the film and cinematography world. So what he says, goes. Unfortunately, his words were rather harsh. So what did he have to say?
A Little Background
Born in London, England on July 30, 1970, Christopher Nolan was destined for greatness. The first interaction that he had with film was at the mere age of seven years old. He began with short films using his father’s Super-8 Camera.
While studying English at University College London, Christopher learned guerrilla techniques when it came to filming, he learned this from UCL’s film society where he filmed 16mm films. He would later use this technique when filming some of his early films.
If you’re curious, guerrilla techniques in filming are utilized for low budget films. If a film is low budget, then usually the crew will be low budget too. This means utilizing little to no staff to get the job done while making the highest quality content possible.
We all know the Battle of Dunkirk that took place in Dunkirk as part of the Battle of France. The Battle of Dunkirk was to get British and allied forces out of of Europe. The battle went on from May 10, 1940 to June 4, 1940.
The movie follows the true events closely. There probably aren’t any veterans around that are left alive to give a live action, play-by-play of the events (most wouldn’t want to anyway), but this film is the closest thing that you will get to a live re-enactment of the events that happened at the Battle of Dunkirk.
Christopher Nolan expressed how he felt to Indiewire by saying, “Netflix has a bizarre aversion to supporting theatrical films. They have this mindless policy of everything having to be simultaneously streamed and released, which is obviously an untenable model for theatrical presentation. So they’re not even getting in the game, and I think that they’re missing a huge opportunity.”
Christopher, basically, being a film producer god with his cerebral story telling doesn’t see Netflix as a method of transportation for masterpiece films. The producer thinks that films of worth should be hosted in a theater to give the ultimate experience.
Mr. Nolan saying the things that he said, seem to hit hard with the Netflix community. Everyone is welcome to their opinion, even if the words are hurtful. Is Christopher Nolan on to something? Is there truth behind his words?
Maybe, if you think about it, the instantaneous method of the being able to watch a video that took tons of time and effort to produce or a show that took hundreds of man hours may be the disheartening for the producers, writers, and crew to watch on the “small” screen. I get where he is coming from, but what do you think about his method of madness?