You often hear about visual effects artists 'doing their research' in order to achieve the most photorealistic shots possible. But in the case of Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, the Double Negative team - aided by the film's scientific adviser Kip Thorne - really did. Now they've published a paper entitled Gravitational Lensing by Spinning Black Holes in Astrophysics, and in the Movie Interstellar, and it's freely available to read, along with images and videos.

The full citation is:

Gravitational Lensing by Spinning Black Holes in Astrophysics, and in the Movie Interstellar
Published by IoP in Classical and Quantum Gravity
James O, von Tunzelmann E, Franklin P and Thorne K S
2015 Class. Quantum Grav. 32 065001
Download it here.

- Starfield under the influence of gravitational lensing 1 - a video from the paper 'Gravitational Lensing by Spinning Black Holes in Astrophysics, and in the Movie Interstellar'.

Another complementary paper, Visualizing Interstellar’s Wormhole, will be downloadable on arXiv and published in American Journal of Physics.

Check out Dneg's Black hole site here, and the Visualizing Interstellar’s Wormhole page dedicated to the other paper.

And don't forget to check out fxguide's coverage of the film:

Interstellar: inside the black art

fxpodcast #286: Paul Franklin on Interstellar

Real and raw: the miniature fx behind Interstellar


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