Some are saying Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar might be the 2001 for our generation — and though we can’t vouch for that quite yet, we are insanely impressed at the level of accuracy they’ve put into this sci-fi flick.
Paul Franklin, a senior supervisor of Academy Award-winning effects house Double Negative, opened up about the immense amount of work that went into designing the stunning effects work for the black hole at the center of Interstellar — figuratively and literally — that has dominated many of the early trailers and posters.
According to Franklin and company, they basically plugged in as much real-world scientific data as they could into some high-tech simulation software and tried to figure out what it would create. That stunning visual is what you’ll see in the film. Here’s an excerpt from what Franklin had to say about it to Wired:
“It's very easy to fall into the trap of breaking the rules of reality, and those rules are actually quite strict. Science fiction always wants to dress things up, like it's never happy with the ordinary universe … What we were getting out of the software was compelling straight off.
Chris [Nolan] really wanted us to sell the idea that the black hole is spherical. I said, ‘You know, it's going to look like a disk.’ The only thing you can see is the way it warps starlight. We found that warping space around the black hole also warps the accretion disk. So rather than looking like Saturn's rings around a black sphere, the light creates this extraordinary halo.”
Along with the fascinating look into the effects work, Wired also put together a stellar video digging into the process. Check it out below:
Interstellar opens Nov. 5, 2014. Will you be watching?