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Christopher Nolan Bashes 3-D and Digital Filmmaking at CinemaCon

Photo of Paula Bernstein By Paula Bernstein | Indiewire March 27, 2014 at 9:52AM

Director Christopher Nolan still isn't convinced that digital formats can compare to 35 mm film and he wasn't shy about telling the crowd of exhibitors at CinemaCon his belief that film is the "best" way to project an image.
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Warner Bros. Christopher Nolan on the set of "The Dark Knight Rises."

Writer-director Christopher Nolan ("Memento," "Inception") isn't convinced that digital formats can compare to 35 mm film and he wasn't shy about telling the crowd of exhibitors at CinemaCon his belief that film is the "best" way to project an image.

"I’m a fan of any technological innovation, but for me, it's going to have to exceed what came before -- and it hasn’t yet," Nolan told attendees yesterday at the industry conference, according to The Los Angeles Times.

Despite the industry's conversion to digital projection, Nolan insists on shooting on film. Paramount Pictures will make an exception from its commitment to digital projection by releasing Nolan's upcoming "Interstellar" in both film and digital.

Nolan also made it clear that he isn't a fan of 3-D. "It’s not the best thing if you’re looking at a shared audience experience," he said, although he praised Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby,” which was shot in 3D, because it managed to create "an atmosphere that washed around you."

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