Christopher Nolan to continue to shun CGI and film Oppenheimer in 1920s and 1930s

headshot of Christopher nolan. new film Oppenheimer

Christopher Nolan has confirmed that, as has become traditional, his new film Oppenheimer will use as little CGI as possible and will instead film largely in the 1920s and 30s.

“There is always that artificiality, that weightlessness that CGI brings,” said the Inception director.

“It’s always better to film everything in camera, so we’ll be filming Oppenheimer in the past. It’s the only way to really get it looking authentic. Otherwise, you end up filming in somewhere like Edinburgh or Prague and then using CGI to digitally remove modern buildings and augment other ones and the whole thing ends up looking like a PlayStation game.”

Filming will begin shortly in the 30s, then will move back to the 20s for the earlier parts of Oppenheimer’s life.

“I wanted to save the 20s till last as I thought we could have the wrap party in Weimar Berlin, which could be quite fun.”

The shoot will be filmed in the past using an extension of the technology Nolan used to film people travelling backwards in time in Tenet

It is not the first time that Nolan has used cutting-edge cinema tech to avoid the use of CGI. In Inception, just over half the film was filmed inside Cillian Murphy’s head, and all three Batman films were made using special bat-cameras on bat-sets in bat-studios.


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