Inception by Christopher Nolan
The Shooting Script

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Inception, writer-director Christopher Nolan’s seventh feature film, joins the epic scope of The Dark Knight with the narrative sophistication of Memento. The story of a group of thieves who specialize in invading the mind through one’s dreams, Inception explores the writer-director’s signature psychological themes of memory, paranoia, and self-doubt as his protagonist, Dom Cobb, is pitted against a hostile subconscious spurred on by personal demons and regrets from the past.

In a conversational preface, Nolan discusses with brother and frequent collaborator, Jonathan, the genesis of the idea for the film and the decade-long process it took to write it. Detailing the results of Nolan’s efforts, Inception: The Shooting Script includes key storyboard sequences, full-color concept art, and an appendix on the workings of the mysterious Pasiv Device that Cobb and his fellow extractors use to initiate the dream-share. An exclusive exploration of a highly original concept, Inception: The Shooting Script is the record of a writer-director at the height of his craft.


Writer-director Christopher Nolan’s initial handwritten outline of the Inception plot
A preface by brothers and collaborators Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan, in which they delve into the 10-year development process behind Inception
An 8-page color insert featuring Inception concept art
An in-world appendix with instructions for operating the mysterious Pasiv Device mechanism

About Christopher Nolan

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Christopher Nolan began making movies at an early age with his father’s Super-8mm camera. While studying English Literature at University College London, Nolan shot 16mm films at UCL’s film society, learning the guerrilla film techniques he would later use to make his first feature, Following. Since that time, he has directed Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, and The Dark Knight. For his work on those films, Nolan has been honored with a Producer’s Guild Nomination (The Dark Knight), a Writer’s Guild Nomination (The Dark Knight), and two Director’s Guild Nominations (Memento, The Dark Knight.) He also received Oscar® and Golden Globe nominations for Best Screenplay for Memento. Nolan currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and producer Emma Thomas, and their four children.
Published January 1, 2011 by Insight Editions. 208 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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