Happy Birthday Christopher Nolan : A Lesson to Learn From Nolan

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For the past few days I have been hanging around in social media to help my friends know my blog. It is really embarrassing experience to use social media again. I have been seriously figuring out some productive and efficient ways of using these tools, since I know for sure that unless I don’t intentionally figure out a purpose for using them, It will redo my efforts for the past 8 months(those calm and focused days where It was me and myself only).

I have been strategically planning on what time to switch to such tools and how long I have to hang around there.
I will be sharing ‘my’ strategies on using such tools efficiently and not affecting my attention and focus from things that matter the most.

It was in the evening when I opened the WhatAapp for sending a message to my friend, I accidentally saw some statuses where my friends where wishing Christopher Nolan a very happy birthday!
Finally it ended up in posting a new thought I would like to share about the great Christopher Nolan!

The Lesson From Nolan

Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale are the two of my favorite people in hollywood cinema. It’s not just because they were just extra ordinary at what they do, but they have something in common with the most important idea that I always wanted to share through my blog ie, “doing what that really matters”.
From following to the latest academy award nominated war film dunkirk Nolan was successful in creating a whole new cinematic experience to the audience with his real world and dark edgy kind of film making.
None of his movies never gone wrong and all those movies where commercially and critically acclaimed movies of 20th century.
Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, Inception, The Dark Knight Rises and, in 2014, the epic interplanetary/interdimensional sci-fi drama Interstellar and finally the dunkirk that sweeped more than $500 million worldwide.
But what attracts me is even being a great film maker who is also a phenomenal technician(some critics say he is a great editor than being a director) in the largest movie making industry of this world, Nolan approach technology on the basis of how much good it is to become more efficient, productive and effective!

For the Nolan fans out there posting birthday wishes on their status bar of social medias, if they don’t know

Christopher Nolan is not on social media(like Cristian Bale) and moreover he doesn’t even own a cellphone and more surprisingly not a single email.

In 2015 or so, I read a transcript of the interview of the Hollywood Reporter with Christopher Nolan and along the halfway through the interview the reporter asks Nolan if it’s true that he doesn’t have an email.
It’s true, Nolan says.
Nolan further explains like this

Well, I’ve never used email because I don’t find it would help me with anything I’m doing. I just couldn’t be bothered about it. As far as the cellphone goes, it’s like that whole thing about “in New York City, you’re never more than two feet from a rat” — I’m never two feet from a cellphone. I mean, we’ll be on a scout with 10 people and all of them have phones, so it’s very easy to get in touch with me when people need to. When I started in this business, not many people had cellphones, I didn’t have one, I never bothered to get one and I’ve been very fortunate to be working continuously, so there’s always someone around me who can tap me on the shoulder and hand me a phone if they need to. I actually really like not having one because it gives me time to think. You know, when you have a smartphone and you have 10 minutes to spare, you go on it and you start looking at stuff.

Why it should matter you?

Well, Nolan’s approach to email and cellphones are interesting. He doesn’t use them because he can’t find any use of it with what he actually wants to do. His job is to make worldclass movies and email and cellphones would not add any help to his core work.
This is against the mindset most professionals follow today.
I call them the any benefit mindset.
By using an email Nolan could have reaped many good things. But he knows, believing that any benefits that he may get from using an email or cellphone doesn’t actually matter. His focus is not on using a technology if it can offer him ‘any’ benefit unless it adds value to his core focus of creating world class movies.
For Nolan, if the cost of using a technology tool or equipment outweigh the total benefits of it, he won’t bother about using it.
This evident with his love for film cameras like the IMAX 70mm which he used for dunkirk lately.
He doesn’t bother about using digital cameras. It’s not because he is against technology, but he believes in the true value of using a particular technology. Digital cameras may be good and can bring many benefits but does not outweigh the benefits of a film camera! Or the cost of using a digital camera(in terms of not providing the natural feeling of colors with human eyes) is more than the cost of using an IMAX camera(in terms of heaviness of IMAX Cameras).
So simply, the message from the great Nolan on his 48th birthday to the fans should be this

if something is not helping you to become world class, then get that hell out of your way!

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