Christopher Nolan talks 'Interstellar,' not using 3D and why he doesn’t like digital filmmaking at CinemaCon

By Daniel S Levine,

Director Christopher Nolan made it very clear during his Q&A session at CinemaCon Wednesday that he is a traditionalist. The Interstellar filmmaker explained why he has no desire to shoot his own films in 3D and why he still loves actual film.

While speaking with The Hollywood Reporter’s Tom McCarthy, Nolan told the an audience that included film exhibitors that he is for technological advancements, “but it will always have to exceed what came before. None of the new technologies have done that.”

Nolan, 43, is the director behind Inception, the Dark Knight trilogy and Memento. The British filmmaker told McCarthy that, even though many filmmakers have embraced digital filmmaking with open arms, he’s not. “Film is the best way to capture an image and project that image. It just is, hands down. That's based on my assessment of what I'm seeing as a filmmaker,” he said.

The director explained that he does go to theaters to see his films, which not enough of his peers do. He said that many in the industry really need to go to theaters to see how audiences are experiencing the final product.

Nolan really is in the minority. Paramount, which is distributing Interstellar, has even said that it will stop releasing its films in North America on actual film stock. Interstellar is the only exception.

According to HitFix, Nolan does approve IMAX. “[I want to] give audiences an incredible immersive experience. The technical aspects are going to be more important than any film I've made before,” he told McCarthy.

Nolan also isn’t comfortable with another current trend - 3D. While he said Baz Luhrmann used the technology well for The Great Gatsby, it’s still not for him for awhile.

Nolan tried not to reveal too much about Interstellar, but he had nothing but great words for Matthew McConaughey, who stars in the film. While many were impressed with his Oscar-winning performance in Dallas Buyers Club, Nolan said Mud was what really impressed him.

“I needed someone who is very much an everyman, someone the audience could experience the story with,” Nolan said about McConaughey. “He's just a phenomenal, charismatic presence in the movie. His performance is shaping up to be extraordinary.”

Also during the Q&A, Nolan said he doesn’t plan on jumping into TV, although he praised what’s going on in that realm.

Interstellar opens on Nov. 7.



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