Jonah Nolan on the “dark beauty” at the heart of In­ter­stel­lar

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“The chal­lenge with the black hole is that it’s a black hole. If cin­ema is light, all the way back to the Lu­mière brothers, then por­tray­ing a black hole is a bit of a chal­lenge. And I think our FX guys have ac­tu­ally nailed it in terms of cap­tur­ing that dark beauty. We spent an aw­ful lot of time think­ing and learn­ing about black holes in or­der to un­der­stand them and they be­come a big part of the land­scape of the film, quite lit­er­ally. I was fas­ci­nated by them, but if you work long enough you be­gin to un­der­stand the dif­fer­ence be­tween the things that fas­ci­nate you and the things that will make for good cin­ema. Black holes are def­i­nitely in that space. They should be so com­pelling and so cin­e­matic but they eat light! Work­ing with Kip they came up with a won­der­ful way to vi­su­alise them. They built a corona into this one which is deeply beau­ti­ful. It gives you a sense for a black hole, it gives you some­thing to hang onto.”

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