says. “I’ve always liked to do the visual effects with Double Negative in London, so since we’ve been doing that down the line remotely. We’ve been able to adapt our process without creative compromise, and we feel very fortunate in that regard.” While all was well with the film, the theaters where Nolan hoped to screen went dark. An ardent advocate for the big-screen experience, Nolan is one of the few directors who still shoots on film rather than digitally. On March 20, published an impassioned op-ed he wrote, asking the government to provide aid to theater employees and studios to strategically combine with the theatrical exhibition community in the wake of the pandemic. “When this crisis passes,” the director wrote, “the need for collective human engagement, the need to live and love and laugh and cry together, will be more powerful than ever.” Will be the film to fulfill that need post-lockdown? Time—that irreversible force—will tell. Quite possibly, by the time you read this, the release date of will have been pushed back. Aware of this, Nolan himself is cagey about discussing the weight of expectation that has been placed on the film as the movie that could usher audiences back. “I can really only take responsibility for finishing the film and trying to make an entertainment that’s worth going back to the movies for,” he says. “That’s the kind of film we’ve always tried to make, and is no exception.” Batman Begins, Tenet The Washington Post Tenet mostly Tenet deal. At the time, if you were in the U.K. or the U.S., coronavirus a big deal. Just five days before the shoot, British prime minister Boris Johnson proudly boasted how he had been shaking hands with hospital patients suffering from coronavirus. The situation rapidly worsened, of course. By early April, a COVID-19-stricken Johnson was fighting for his life in a London hospital and most of America, including its film industry, was self-isolating. Composer Ludwig Göransson was about to start the orchestral sessions for the soundtrack when the country shut down. “We’ve been recording the musicians in their houses individually and then my engineer’s putting it together,” says Göransson, whose credits include and “You don’t get the traditional orchestra sound, but the sound that we do get is actually very fitting for the score.” Nolan claims that the pandemic has not really been a problem at all in terms of finishing the film. “Well, fortunately for us, our creative process for many years now has been fairly adaptable to the current conditions,” he wasn’t Tenet Black Panther The Mandalorian. → Christopher Nolan (right) directing Washington (and perhaps trying to explain inversion) in a pivotal scene JULY 2020 EW ● COM 31
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