Artist Spotlight – Christopher Nolan

Yellow Day, releasing December 2015, is a revolutionary film designed to continue the legacy of innovative, beautiful, and thoughtful art within the community of faith.

One of the hottest names in Hollywood right now is Christopher Nolan. It seems that every film he puts his hands on turns into a profit maker and often an Oscar contender, even when the story is abstracted. Why? What does Nolan have that other filmmakers don’t have?

Christopher Nolan knows how to tell a good, firm narrative and couple that with a larger-than-life or exciting premise; all of this while coupled with his crafty use of non-linear storytelling. He is part of the new wave of filmmakers who grew up with Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese, but who was also part of the digital and technological revolution at the turn of the century. He, along with J.J. Abrams and many others, are pushing the boundaries of filmmaking while always remembering the past.

 

Here’s some of his advice to aspiring filmmakers:

“Films are subjective-what you like, what you don’t like. But the thing for me that is absolutely unifying is the idea that every time I go to the cinema and pay my money and sit down and watch a film go up on-screen, I want to feel that the people who made that film think it’s the best movie in the world, that they poured everything into it and they really love it. Whether or not I agree with what they’ve done, I want that effort there-I want that sincerity. And when you don’t feel it, that’s the only time I feel like I’m wasting my time at the movies.”

“Every film should have its own world, a logic and feel to it that expands beyond the exact image that the audience is seeing.”

“Many of the film-makers I’ve admired over the years have used sound in bold and adventurous ways. I don’t agree with the idea that you can only achieve clarity through dialogue. Clarity of story, clarity of emotions – I try to achieve that in a very layered way using all the different things at my disposal – picture and sound.”

Yellow Day is on the cutting edge of live-action and animation storytelling for children. Check out our trailer!

Kyle Bedwell

Kyle Bedwell is a former teacher turned screenwriter and director. He loves his wife, Liverpool FC, and the journey his Creator has placed him on.

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