“our VFX shot count is probably lower than most romantic comedies”
As the international release comes closer for his much anticipated Tenet film, Nolan recently gave an interview with ICG that went more in depth.
“The visual side of the film is huge in scale, but our VFX shot count is probably lower than most romantic comedies. Visual effects supervisor Andrew Jackson was responsible for coming up with our safety net. We wanted it all in-camera, but if it couldn’t be done, what choices are there in post-production? I like to say Andrew kind of bid himself out of a job because he helped us achieve such an enormous amount practically.”
Let no one ever tell Christopher Nolan that something can’t be done. If he’s proven one thing with his previous filmography, it’s that the man understands practicality and art. Just for reference, prior to Tenet, Nolan’s films were already low on the VFX count. Batman Begins had around 640, Inception had around 500 and The Dark Knight Rises had 450. Considering that most similar genre films average closer to 1000, Christopher Nolan should be commended.
Seeing is Believing
Right now we just have to be patient to see how well the film pulls off this massive undertaking. We have nothing but confidence in the crew that Christopher Nolan put together, but trailers can only tell you so much. Tenet has not had a pleasant ride to get to this point either.
After the COVID pandemic caused the film industry to shut down, Tenet got the bad end of the deal for months. Consistently being delayed before being put on indefinite hold until something could be figured out. Only to receive a hail mary when international countries started reopening theaters and gave Tenet an out.
As of this last week, Tenet will be releasing in over 70 international countries starting August 26th. Eventually making its way to China starting September 4th, and the US on September 3rd. So there is a light at the end of the tunnel, as long as nothing screws it up.