Christopher Nolan, UCL film society

Matthew Tempest:

Meanwhile, Chris was getting on with his movies. Having graduated in 1993, he continued to surreptitiously (not that anyone minded or noticed) hang out at the film society. Actually, “hang out” is the wrong expression – he worked ferociously hard, was super-focused and was teaching himself whatever little he didn’t already know about the sheer mechanics and technology of cameras and film-making.

I remember stumbling in one afternoon to find Chris and a couple of others composing a special-effects shot, which seemed to involve shooting through a large Pyrex baking bowl. I don’t know now whether that ended up in Larceny or Doodlebug – two of his early shorts.