Any fan of director Christopher Nolan knows he is an unabashed technology enthusiast, with important sequences in his films being shot using IMAX cameras. Today we have a new report from Entertainment Weekly, where the filmmaker reveals more than an hour of his highly-anticipated sci-fi thriller Interstellar was captured in the immersive format. The film currently has a runtime of 169 minutes.
Christopher Nolan explains how this film will allow moviegoers to actually experience what's happening on the screening along with the characters.
"This is the first film I have made where the actual experience of the film is paramount to the audience. You would think that's the case with Batman movies but it's not; they're more dependent on the reaction of characters on screen. Interstellar is different. It harkens back to the direct experience films of 2001: A Space Odyssey, where you're not just experiencing it through the characters, you are lost in it."
The filmmaker also said that the film centers on the theme of what it means to be a human being.
"The film is about human nature, what it means to be human. It sounds like a very grand statement, but I don't intend it to be. I mean it in the way, say, Treasure of the Sierra Madre is about dramatizing ideas of human nature. When you take an audience far away from human experience as possible, you wind up focusing very tightly on human nature and how we are connected to each other. What the film tries to do is to be very honest in that appraisal."
The story centers on a group of scientists and astronauts who set off on a journey to find a new home for humanity, with the Earth decaying rapidly beyond repair. The film is inspired by the theories of astrophysicist Kip Thorne, although it is described as still being very accessible to the masses. Star Anne Hathaway added that fans can experience these sci-fi thrills without having a "druggy" feel to it.
"Isn't it nice to have a movie that is about all things the movie is about and not feel druggy?"
When asked about the movie's immense scope, star Matthew McConaughey added that the film is still massive, yet intimate at the same time.
"Nobody is able to put more scope, scale, awe on screen than Chris. But I think he was wanting to take the next step, toward something more intimate. It was an evolution."
If that didn't satiate your appetite for all things Interstellar, then you're in luck, because we also have eight photos and four new TV spots, one of which offers a bit of a spoiler on how much time passes during this journey into space. As David Oyelowo's character states, every hour spent on one of these distant planets, equates to seven years on Earth, which explains how Mackenzie Foy and Jessica Chastain are both playing the daughter of Matthew McConaughey's Coop. Check out the latest footage and photos below, before Interstellar hits theaters on November 7.