Christopher Nolan described his film-making process as “some combination of intuition and geometry” in one of the Tribeca Talks series of public conversations at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival.
“I don’t write a story outline,” he told a packed house of festival-goers during the discussion with fellow director Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher, Moneyball). “Usually my answer right off the bat is that I work intuitively, but I draw a lot of diagrams when I work. I do a lot of thinking about etchings by Escher, for instance. That frees me, finding a mathematical model or a scientific model. I’ll draw pictures and diagrams that illustrate the movement or the rhythm than I’m after.”
Intuition, he noted, comes to the fore in his editing process. “I’ve always edited in a huge hurry, tried to catch that lightning in a bottle, just so the energy is there,” he said. “I always think of editing as instinctive or impressionist. Not to think too much, in a way, and feel it more.”
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