I always find it comforting to watch the early work of big-time directors. Not because it's terrific or terrible -- it's usually somewhere in between, which just goes to show that you never know where your filmmaking career is headed. The important thing is to get started. Christopher Nolan shot his surreal three-minute short "Doodlebug" with actor Jeremy Theobald, who would star in Nolan's $6,000 first feature Following a year later. Nolan then followed up with the brilliant Memento and the rest is history. Here's "Doodlebug:"
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Shot on 16mm B&W film.