Special effects and the cult film

Cult film production and analogue nostalgia on the digital effects pipeline

Authored by: Leon Gurevitch

The Routledge Companion to Cult Cinema

Print publication date:  December  2019
Online publication date:  November  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138950276
eBook ISBN: 9781315668819
Adobe ISBN:


 Download Chapter



In 2012 British Hollywood film director Christopher Nolan gave an interesting interview. In an article published in the Directors Guild of America Quarterly (amongst other places) Nolan responded to a question from reporter Jeffrey Ressner as to why he was “among the last holdouts who shoot on film in an industry that’s moved to digital”, explaining that, while he had felt under increasing pressure over the past ten years to move to digital, he remained with celluloid and the techniques of “practical effects” (also seemingly referred to interchangeably as “physical effects”) as much as possible. Explaining his reasoning, Nolan stated that:

The thing with computer-generated imagery is that it’s an incredibly powerful tool for making better visual effects. But I believe in an absolute difference between animation and photography. However sophisticated your computer-generated imagery is, if it’s been created from no physical elements and you haven’t shot anything, it’s going to feel like animation.

(Ressner 2012)

Search for more...
Back to top

Use of cookies on this website

We are using cookies to provide statistics that help us give you the best experience of our site. You can find out more in our Privacy Policy. By continuing to use the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.