Without a doubt, Christopher Nolan is known as one of the most committed filmmakers in Hollywood. With a penchant for authenticity, the director previously blew up a real Boeing 747 airplane for his 2020 hit, Tenet. Further, with his recent blockbuster Oppenheimer, fans have been made aware of how Nolan recreated the Trinity Test without using visual effects.
While it looks fun and enticing on the big screen, do Christopher Nolan’s movies actually lack the use of VFX, as he promises? Apparently not so much, as some of Nolan’s movies made headlines for using nearly 700 VFX shots. Thus, here’s a list of films from the acclaimed filmmaker and their exact VFX counts.
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Christopher Nolan’s Movies With Less Than 500 VFX Shots
Christopher Nolan‘s commitment to practical effects might be super high, which often drives him to implement authenticity in his movies. However, it’s not always possible to recreate scenes and deliver perfection. Thus, here are a few of his movies that made headlines for comparatively low use of VFX.
Although Christopher Nolan’s latest blockbuster, Oppenheimer caused chaos after recreating the Trinity Test without using visual effects, the movie actually implemented a few VFX shots. As per reports, Oppenheimer used nearly 200 VFX shots throughout the movie, which is indeed less than what most films use.
Further comes Nolan’s 2020 hit Tenet. This summer blockbuster blew everyone’s minds, considering the fact that it used a bare minimum of 280 VFX shots throughout. Nolan thus mentioned, Tenet‘s “VFX shot count is probably lower than most romantic comedies”.
Nolan’s 2017 war film, Dunkirk made headlines for its epic battle sequences and the authentic representation of brutality. But, a lesser-known fact about the movie mentions its surprisingly low use of VFX. Apparently, Dunkirk implemented nearly 429 VFX shots and mesmerized its audience.
The Dark Knight Rises
The DC movie featuring Christian Bale is one of a kind that made its way to the silver screen. Where most superhero films are filled with CGI and VFX, Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises simply had 450 VFX shots.
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Four Of Christopher Nolan’s Movies With High VFX Count
Known for using comparatively less visual effects, four of Christopher Nolan’s movies made headlines for their high VFX counts.
Leonardo DiCaprio‘s sci-fi thriller Inception, not only messed with our minds with its crazy intertwined storyline but also shocked the audience with its grappling visuals. Apparently, Nolan implemented nearly 500 VFX shots throughout the movie.
Another Christian Bale’s DC movie made headlines for its comparatively high use of VFX. However, it’s still less than most other superhero movies from different directors. Evidently, Batman Begins used as high as 620 VFX shots in the film.
The Dark Knight
Well, it’s now proven that superhero movies are rather difficult to deliver without visual effects. Thus, Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight made headlines for using as high as 700 VFX shots throughout the movie. But there’s no denying that it’s still less than its competitors.
One of Nolan’s highly appreciated films seems to be at the bottom of the list for its higher VFX count, than others. Apparently, the space odyssey Interstellar, starring Matthew McConaughey used as high as 700 VFX shots and captivated the audiences with its sheer brilliance.
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