I keep hearing Damon saying 'big canvas', what does 'canvas' mean in filmmaking?
Scope. The scale of the story is very large. But it also means that he's using a literal "big canvas" to tell it. He's not limited to a small frame. It's like painting, if you're given an 8"x10" vs a 24"x36", you have a lot more freedom or space to tell the story that you want. So it's literal and metaphorical. This is not to say that that a smaller frame can't feel big because plenty of movies do a lot with less. In a way, Dunkirk is a "small" movie since it only takes place in this stretch of several miles, but it feel like a larger canvas because of all the different perspectives Nolan utilizes.
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