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[Movies] Christopher Nolan Talks Interstellar at CinemaCon
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 03.26.2014

Christopher Nolan spoke at CinemaCon (via SHH) about his new film Interstellar, which opens on November 7th. Some highlights are below:

About the film's plot: "I don't want to say too much about Interstellar." He did confirm that the film has to do with wormholes that let us travel long distance in a shot amount of time and that theoretical physicist Kip Thorne was one of the film's executive producers.

About Matthew McConaughey in the lead role: Nolan said that he cast the Oscar-winner because he wanted an "everyman" in the role, and focused on him after seeing him in Mud.

On the use of locations versus CG environments: Nolan noted that the spaceship interiors were built as sets and had monitors outside so that the actors could see what they would be seeing outside the ship. It forced the F/X team to "work overtime" before filming so they could have everything ready and allowed him to film the movie "like a documentary."

On the film's feel: Nolan said the film goes back to "Golden Age of blockbusters" such as Star Wars and 2001: A Space Odyssey, when films were broader-targeted and "family film" wasn't a bad word among moviegoers. He said it has a different tone from his previous work and wanted it to have a "universality" that took a look at where mankind is and where we want to go.

On the filming process: Nolan noted that he shot the film using IMAX and more so than his previous entries. There are plans to give audiences an "incredible immersive experience" without needing to upgrade theater equipment. He said he's still not big on 3D and thinks it only works on certain projects such as The Great Gatsby.


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