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If Christopher Nolan’s status as a top Hollywood director needed verification, the release of his dream heist thriller Inception muffled all objections. This brilliant brain-twister stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Dom Cobb, a man whose job is to invade and alter dreams.

Although Nolan has only directed seven movies, they are easily identifiable; he has an unrivaled trademark style. To celebrate the release of Inception on 6 December, we’re giving you the opportunity to become a blockbuster director. Even if you’ve never been to film school, just follow these 5 easy tips when making your next independent film, and you’ll start raking in the millions.

#1: Follow the Chris Nolan formula for protagonists

All of Nolan’s protagonists have similar problems and afflictions. When writing your script, make sure to include these guidelines:

-the protagonist must be male

-the protagonist must lose a loved one (either before or during »

- Paul Heath

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