Some directors learn their craft in school. Others acquire skills on the job. Christopher Nolan, who never studied film, seems to just have cinema in his blood. In this clip from a new interview on our special edition release of his debut film, Following, Nolan describes his very early beginnings in the medium and reveals how far resourcefulness and passion can go in getting movies made.
The DIY innovation of Following, a striking psychological noir shot on 16 mm and a shoestring budget, is apparent from its beginning. The film’s complex chronology, rhythmic editing, and handheld yet precise camera work demonstrate how technically assured Nolan already was. Watch this extended sequence from the opening, in which the mysterious protagonist starts to give “an account of what happened,” kicking off the film’s flashback narrative.