INTERSTELLAR Visual Effects Supervisors Discuss Working with Christopher Nolan

     February 9, 2015


It’s no secret that Christopher Nolan makes big movies. While large-scale films have now become synonymous with lots and lots of visual effects, that’s actually not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about the visuals of a Nolan film. Special effects sure, but Nolan’s ability to seamlessly blend the world of computer-generated visual effects with practical special effects is tremendous, and as a result so much of his films feels real and thus not too VFX-heavy.

But that’s not to say there aren’t a lot of visual effects in Nolan’s films. There absolutely are, and Nolan has been working with the folks at the London-based VFX house Double Negative since Batman Begins, most recently enlisting the team to work on his most VFX-intensive film yet, Interstellar.

Last week Steve attended the Visual Effects Society Awards, and while on the red carpet he was able to speak with two of the folks from Double Negative who worked extensively on Interstellar: visual effects supervisor Paul Franklin and internal supervisor Andrew Lockley. The two discussed the experience of working with Nolan, the IMAX format, working in tandem with the design team for Interstellar in order to integrate the in-camera practical effects, and which VFX sequence from another film in 2014 most impressed them. Additionally, they confirmed that no, Nolan does not have an email address.

Watch the full interview in the video above.


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