November 7, 2014

Science & Technology Behind The Movie: Interstellar

Christopher Nolan’s biggest science-fiction adventure film “Interstellar” is the trend today! Starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, and Michael Caine, the film features a team of space travellers who travel through a wormhole in search of a new habitable planet.  He produced the film with Obst and his wife, Emma Thomas. Theoretical physicist Kip Thorne, whose work inspired the film, acted as both scientific consultant and executive producer.


The movie is about the story o a failing Earth and a last space mission that sends astronauts through a wormhole in hope of finding a habitable haven.

Being a great fan of Nolan and Interstellar, I couldn’t stop myself writing an article about the Technology and Science behind the movie. I was amazed when I saw a book published on “The Science of Interstellar”.  Throne’s even planning a series of technical papers based on the calculations that went into creating the movie’s special effects on a cosmic scale.

Black Holes? Feeling Science inside me!

Here is a small video on Black Holes:

Physicist Kip Thorne, is the scientific consultant for the film. He is the main backbone behind the entire story and plot of Interstellar. Oh man you will love this! Here’s what he says:

“For the depictions of the wormholes and the black hole,” he said, “we discussed how to go about it, and then I worked out the equations that would enable tracing of light rays as they travelled through a wormhole or around a black hole—so what you see is based on Einstein’s general relativity equations.”


Equations, Infinities, Research! So this is Science

I also found a video in the Official Interstellar Movie website, where Kip Thorne and director Christopher Nolan talk about the scientific research and the atmosphere of the film. The research behind the wormholes and black holes and the technology behind it to make it look real is the amazing part about it.

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Technology Behind the Scenes

While doing research on the research done behind Interstellar, I found out some great things. The research they did and the way they implemented it obviously need TECHNOLOGY. Another interesting thing I found in Wikipedia is, In creating the wormhole and a rotating black hole, which opposed to a non-rotating black hole possess an ergosphere, Dr. Thorne collaborated with visual effect supervisor Paul Franklin and a team of 30 computer effects artists at Double Negative. Thorne would provide pages of deeply sourced theoretical equations to the artists, who then wrote new CGI rendering software based on these equations to create accurate computer simulations of the gravitational lensing caused by these phenomena.

Space Travel and the Technology of Interstellar Exploration Full Documentary)

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The resulting visual effect provided Dr. Thorne with new insight into the effects of gravitational lensing and accretion disks surrounding black holes, and will lead to the creation of two scientific papers; one for the astrophysics community and one for the computer graphics community.

Now that’s HUGE! After reading about all this, I am obviously excited and eagerly waiting to watch the entire movie. But till then, watch the trailer:

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Imran Uddin

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