On Tuesday March 31, 2015, Interstellar, co-written by brothers Christopher and Jonathan Nolan was released on Blu-Ray and DVD. It was easily one of 2014's greatest films and holds the bar extremely high in the sci-fi genre. As many of my friends know, I am a sci-fi maniac, mainly because I grew up during the point of technological progression. Watching video game graphics go from black/white 8 bit pixels to Sony Playstation and Xbox's high definition realism within the span of two decades, and cinema's use of CGI to enhance a film's ability to tell a story, creating characters and worlds that at one point in the recent past were only imaginable.
To add to my extensive film collection, I of course bought myself the special edition Blu-Ray. I typically purchase these specifically to watch the special and behind the scenes features, aside from having a nice escape from the world during a snow storm or rainy day. Being a creative, I always enjoy and appreciate knowing who the unheard voices are behind the greatness that we see on screen. Of course the actors, directors, producers, and writers get the majority of the credit because they are put in a position by default to receive it. However, for all of that work, there are individuals who create these breathtaking moments, that we as viewers are simply in awe of and would never know how they actually came to be.
Within 30 minutes of watching the special feature extras, I was blown away by how much research, reference, scientific theory, equations and overall thought went into just the pre-production process alone. The Nolan brothers sought the help and expertise of Kip Thorne, one of the world's leading experts on astrophysics. In the extras, it shows how Thorne drafted scientific equations to assist designers, special effects and visual effects teams to create moments like the scene below, that twenty years ago would only be imaginable.
When I saw the film in 2014, there were instances that caused my hair to stand on end. Not only because of the astounding visual effects, but more from a chilling sense of déjà vu. As a child, my father and I would have lengthy conversations about theories of time relativity. Of course the topic had been researched and documented long before I was born, but to have thoughts and theories of my own at a young age without exposure to the information, it gave my father and I a platform to get me interested in science and academics as a whole. Pieces of the film at times were built, almost as if someone had heard my father and I having these theoretical tennis matches. Parts of the behind the scenes look into the science of the film, confirm some of the theories and topics that my father and I had over twenty years ago to be true. In a sense, it is almost fitting that Kip Thorne and I share the same birthday.
In conclusion, even if you're not a fan of science fiction, I believe most people can take something great from watching this film, and if you are a fan of science fiction and have not yet seen the film, you are in for a real treat. If you get the opportunity, check out the Blu-Ray or DVD's special features for a more in depth view into the creator's thought processes before, through and post-production.