By Robert J. Matthews
Christopher Nolan's movies are known for unique features, including non-linear timelines, star-studded casts, and a grand scale across genres.
Nolan's signature style extends from The Dark Knight trilogy to his historical epic Oppenheimer, showcasing consistency in his filmmaking.
Surprisingly, Nolan's smaller, earlier films demonstrate the effectiveness of his signature style, delivering some of his best work.
Nolan's debut film, Following, took a small-scale approach with a budget of less than $8,000, and he played multiple roles, including writing, directing, cinematography, and editing.
Following's storyline involves an aspiring writer entangled with a criminal and a femme fatale, echoing themes found in Nolan's later films.
Despite its modest budget, Following encompasses Nolan's trademarks— a protagonist's quest for identity, unexpected twists, and a modern take on the noir genre.
Notably, the character named "Cobb" in Following influenced Nolan's later film Inception, where Leonardo DiCaprio portrayed a dream thief.
Nolan's ability to craft intense thrills on a small budget is evident in Following, with its ending leaving viewers with a spinning head.
Following gained acclaim at festivals, propelling Nolan into the spotlight and catching the attention of other directors, including the late Joel Schumacher.
The success of Following highlights Nolan's talent in creating compelling narratives and intense experiences, showcasing his filmmaking prowess even on a smaller scale.