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A memento to treasure

Just ask University of B.C. film students Ian Holliday and Yuri Cabrera,who got a chance to talk to Hollywood director Christopher Nolanyesterday afternoon.

Dreams do come true.

Just ask University of B.C. film students Ian Holliday and Yuri Cabrera, who got a chance to talk to Hollywood director Christopher Nolan yesterday afternoon.

“It’s very surreal,” said Holliday, 19. “It’s quite an experience talking to someone who steered the course of your career.

“When I saw Memento for the first time, it was one of the films that really opened my eyes to the medium of film as art. He’s an inspiration to me.”

The aspiring filmmakers said they asked Nolan, best known for his movies Inception and The Dark Knight, how he keeps track of his ideas before and while writing his complex films.

Nolan uses Venn diagrams and posts all his ideas or concepts of character development up on a wall, Holliday said.

The students, along with their classmate David Bolen, entered Wind Mobile’s Best Conversation Ever contest, which offered Canadians the chance to speak to anyone in the world.

The trio created and submitted a video entry inspired by Nolan’s own work.

“We tried to structure it like Inception, going into dreams, but within the dreams we put in little (bits of) The Dark Knight and Memento,” Cabrera said.

They tried to talk to him as fellow filmmakers and pick his brain, he added while admitting it was difficult to contain their inner fanboys.

“Every fibre in my being was just like, ‘I love you, I love you,’” said Cabrera, 22. “It’s a strange experience when he’s talking so casually about the films that have inspired you.”

 
 
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