24 February 2015

And the Best Visual Effects Academy Award goes to…. Interstellar!

Following on from their win at the BAFTAs last week, Dneg VFX Supervisors Paul Franklin and Andrew Lockley (along with New Deal VFX Supervisor Ian Hunter and SFX Supervisor Scott Fisher) picked up  the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar at Sunday’s star studded awards ceremony in L.A.

The Double Negative crew, under the leadership of Paul Franklin (Interstellar’s Overall VFX Supervisor) and Andrew Lockley (Dneg’s Internal VFX Supervisor) were tasked with the challenge of accurately depicting the film’s wormhole, it’s supermassive black hole (Gargantua), the Tesseract (a four dimensional space allowing time to be seen as a physical dimension), digital space vistas for projection on-set (no greenscreen was used in any of the space sequences), robots TARS and CASE and the population of alien worlds with giant waves and landscapes of frozen cloud and ice. 

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12 February 2015

Visualizing Interstellar’s Wormhole

A wormhole is a hypothetical region of warped space – warped to such a degree that its behaviour is radically different from anything we normally experience:  If you had a wormhole, then from the exterior it would appear like a crystal ball. You could travel around it and peer in to it from all directions.

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