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David Carter

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781911325055

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781911325055.001.0001

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The Industrial Context of Inception: From Production to Premiere

The Industrial Context of Inception: From Production to Premiere

(p.31) 3. The Industrial Context of Inception: From Production to Premiere
(p.3) Constellations

David Carter

Liverpool University Press

This chapter traces the production history of Christopher Nolan's Inception (2010). Nolan first tried out his treatment for Inception with Warner Bros. after making Memento (2000), but then realised the scope that would be required for the film and decided to gain more experience making large-scale films. After completing The Dark Knight (2008), Nolan finally decided to make Inception and spent the next six months completing the script. The filming took place in six different countries and on four separate continents, the main locations being in the UK, Morocco, Canada, Tokyo, Paris, and Los Angeles. Nolan has stressed that they deliberately filmed in six different countries, building enormous sets because he was interested in 'pushing the boundaries of what could be achieved practically, as opposed to computer effects'. Concerns for realism also governed Nolan's choice of cameras and film. Inception was released on July 10, 2010, and its opening weekend gross takings made it the second-highest grossing debut for a science-fiction film that was not a sequel or remake.

Keywords:   Christopher Nolan, Inception, Warner Bros, filming, film-making, realism, science fiction film

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