Christopher Nolan appreciates all film projects, big or small, but admits he will probably continue working on “large-scale” productions.
During an interview with Time magazinePosted online Monday, the filmmaker said some of his favorite recent films were smaller-scale dramas, including Past Liveswhich he said was “subtle in a beautiful way,” and After the sunwhich he described as “simply a beautiful film.”
And while Nolan admires the beauty of those projects, he said he feels a “responsibility” to continue making blockbuster movies with big casts, elaborate sets and big budgets.
“I’m drawn to working on a large scale because I know how fragile the opportunity is to gather those resources,” he said. Interstellar the director told the outlet. “I know there are many filmmakers in the world who would give everything they can to have the resources I have gathered, and I feel that I have a responsibility to use them in the most productive and interesting way.”
Nolan’s last directorial project oppenheimer, which earned 13 Oscar nominations, reportedly had a budget of $100 million. While it’s still a large amount for a movie, it’s definitely less than the budget of his 2020 movie. Principle, which had a budget of more than 200 million dollars. And it’s even more different from the third movie in The dark knight trilogy, which had an estimated budget of $250 million.
But the director doesn’t take any of his resources for granted, so oppenheimershortened filming from 85 days to 57 to free up more budget for production designs and location shooting.
“The United States government gave (the Manhattan Project) $2 billion, three to four years and an Army Corps of Engineers to build the original Los Alamos,” production designer Ruth De Jong previously said. The Hollywood Reporter. “I didn’t have (any of that).”
The Cillian Murphy-directed film, which follows the story of American scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer and his role in the development of the atomic bomb, has grossed nearly $1 billion at the box office since its release in July.