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Top 5 incredible shots taken by Christoper Nolan using practical effects as he hates CGI

Christopher Nolan is widely regarded as one of the most accomplished directors in the film industry. He has gained recognition for his exceptional work in numerous Hollywood blockbuster movies. Furthermore, he has received nominations for five Academy Awards, five British Academy Film Awards, and six Golden Globe Awards.

Nolan is famously known for The Dark Knight Trilogy (2005–2012), The Prestige (2006), and Inception (2010); the last of these received eight Oscar nominations, including two for Nolan—Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. This success was followed by Interstellar (2014), Dunkirk (2017), and Tenet (2020). For Dunkirk, he earned two Academy Award nominations, including his first for Best Director.

However, a strange fact has been revealed by Twitter user Trung Phan. He has revealed that Christoper Nolan doesn’t like to use CGI (Computer-Generated Imagery) and prefers to use practical effects for some of the most insane shots. Let’s take a look at some of those.

Top 5 incredible shots taken by Christoper Nolan using practical effects as he hates CGI


Christopher Nolan invested $100,000 in planting 500 genuine acres of corn in Alberta. Following the filming process, he subsequently sold the crop to generate a profit.


The spinning hallway where Joseph-Gordon Levitt was fighting some bad guys. Yeah, Nolan built a giant rotating centrifuge and put a hallway in it along with ridiculously expensive cameras.

The Dark Knight

Batman flipped Joker’s 18-wheeler truck. To get the FX, a piston was put under the trailer with TNT. When the TNT blows, the piston hits the ground so hard, it flips the truck. The only CGI used was to remove the piston from the shot.


Christoper Nolan crashed a real 747 into an airport hangar. It turns out that it was cheaper to buy a 747 and crash it instead of doing CGI.

The Dark Knight Rises

Christoper Nolan filmed this scene in the Scottish Highlands and got the government sign-off to drop an aeroplane fuselage into the mountain range. The stunt crew was legit on the outside of the plane (jumped from a helicopter and wore parachutes).


Christoper Nolan’s newest movie, which will be released in July 2023, is about the Manhattan Project and the making of the atom bomb. The film apparently recreates a nuclear bomb with practical effects.


There were around 400,000 people evacuated from Dunkirk in WWII. With only a few 1000 extras, the crew created “fences” made of cardboard cutouts of actors posing as soldiers. Instead of CGI, tens of thousands of cutouts were made and put up for far-off beach shots.

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Rahul Roy
Rahul Roy
I am a computer guy by profession and a sports fanatic by choice.



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