3 Nolan Films | Budget, Expensive & In Between | Following, Inception, & Memento


In-Depth Cine does a great job explicating the effect different levels of funding have on film production quality, and how to mitigate a lack of it. This is done by breaking down three of director Christopher’s Nolan’s films, all produced on vastly different budgets. In Following (1998), Nolan created a noir-crime thriller look on a self-financed $6,000 shoestring budget. In creating Memento (2000) Nolan had access to a significantly larger, but still midsize $9 million war-chest. His blockbuster Inception 2014 had a budget of $160 million, an enormous sum. But nevertheless a profitable investment, with box office revenues exceeding $800 million.

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