astrophysicist turned emotion-driven filmmaker
I make films about people forced to confront the reality that the world is not as it seems.
“Barnes is an obviously gifted filmmaker”
I receive a lot of requests from students for information about what I do.
I’ve compiled here the top questions I get, which you can use as a resource.
I’ve read that you worked on Christopher Nolan’s short film ‘Larceny’. What can you tell me about it?
I didn’t work on ‘Larceny’ directly. I was involved with ‘Doodlebug’ and ‘Following’, but in very minor capacities. I also gave Chris notes on his very first (abandoned) feature film.
I probably have a VHS copy of ‘Larceny’ somewhere, but I have checked with the powers that be and Chris doesn’t want it released.
‘Larceny’ was screened at the Cambridge Film Festival some time around 1995. That’s its only public screening that I know of. The plot had some similarities with ‘Following’ and it’s kind of a “tryout” for that feature. By contrast, it’s a linear storyline and presents a single 5-minute moment, but it is shot in the same handheld B&W style and on the same camera with some of the same crew as Following. Jeremy Theobald from ‘Following’ is in ‘Larceny’, as is David Savva, who both worked on ‘Batman Begins’ in different capacities.
I can’t tell you much more. Except to say that when I first saw the finished film, I knew Chris really had talent and was going somewhere – (it’s a clever script). In those days, I was in the minority in that belief, which still staggers me to this day.