First highly anticipated, and then upon its release equally divisive, even nearly two months since it landed in theaters, Christopher Nolan‘s “Interstellar” continues to stir debate and chatter. But perhaps the one thing that everyone can agree on is that despite the Dylan Thomas poem recitals, hokey love vs. science theme, and needless inclusion of Topher Grace, “Interstellar” is an accomplished piece of filmmaking. And this New York Times “Anatomy Of A Scene” segment is a reminder of the lengths Nolan went to fully immerse viewers into the big-screen experience.
The director narrates the sequence that finds Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway making a tricky landing on a watery planet. It’s a tense moment, but just as remarkable is how little of it is CGI. As Nolan reminds us, for the production of “Insterstellar” they built life-size ships to film in, mounting cameras both inside and out, and created exteriors that the actors could react to as they “travel” through space. It’s an approach toward realism that Nolan has taken on all of his films, and one that really has never failed, as it brings a sense of tactility to the fantastical worlds he plays in.
Meanwhile, in related news, Jessica Chastain has made a quick PSA for NASA, highlighting their ongoing efforts of deep space exploration. It’s a weirdly timed spot, but hey, any attention on NASA is a good thing. Check out both videos below.