Interstellar was one of the biggest films of 2014, and Christopher Nolan has become one of the most bankable directors in Hollywood. In a new interview, he cites Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey and Ridley Scott's Blade Runner as early influences on his work—very early.
"They also re-released Kubrick’s 2001 when I was seven, so I got to see that on a huge screen, and it was really a thrilling experience. I don’t remember being remotely concerned about what it meant or whether it was elusive or confusing (laughs); I just remember the visceral nature of seeing spaceships, seeing other worlds and being taken to other dimensions. That experience was huge for me," he told the Hollywood Reporter.
" I think when I was about 12 or 13, I want to say, I started to begin to identify with the idea of the director as the sort of controlling force, or the closest analogy to what I was doing on my Super 8 camera, you know, just making images and putting them together," he continued. "I remember being very struck by Ridley Scott’s film Blade Runner and noticing or sort of analyzing the fact that I liked [Scott's] Alien, as well."
Nolan said his parents let him use their expensive Super 8 camera when he was pretty young, and even got him an editing machine one Christmas (and duh, this was back when you couldn't just edit footage on your MacBook). The full interview's pretty long, but you can check out the whole thing here.