The VFX of Interstellar: A True Marriage of Art and Science
After Dneg presented its initial images to Thorne, the physicist was astounded at actually seeing something he had previously only had an “intellectual” conception of. To give the invisible black holes form, Franklin provided their image with a collection of orbiting light and matter called an accretion disc. For Thorne, the results were both unexpected and amazing.
Thorne plans to publish two scientific papers over the project’s results. One paper will be directed towards the scientific community while the other he plans for the VFX industry as an explanation of the representative power behind the marriage of art and science.
Regardless of the ultimate financial and artistic success of Interstellar, its encouraging to know that VFX/CG skills and knowledge can impact the world of science in such a profound way. Giving form to the formless is about the most ambitious undertaking any artist could strive for.“This is our observational data,” says Thorne, suggesting that C. Nolan and Dneg seem to have provided as much contribution to the science of theoretical physics as it will make to the art of film making.