Oppenheimer : Nolan recreates a nuclear explosion without CGI

Oppenheimer : Nolan recreates a nuclear explosion without CGI

We know that Christopher Nolan does not joke for the good of his films. But for the next one, Oppenheimerhe wants to surpass himself.

Whether or not you like his films, you have to admit that Christopher Nolan is a great director of our time. And it’s not his next movie, Oppenheimer which will convince otherwise. The director wanted to hit hard with a massive explosion scene without CGI.

Oppenheimer : Nolan’s next bomb?

As a reminder, the film retraces the story of J. Robert Oppenheimer, American scientist, who is involved in the Manhattan Project, the program aimed at developing atomic weapons during the Second World War. Under these conditions, we can well imagine that at some point in the film it will be necessary to show an atomic explosion.

Well that’s good, during an interview with Total Movie he declares :

I think recreating the Trinity test without using infographics was a huge challenge.

Andrew Jackson – my visual effects supervisor, I brought him on very early – to research how we could practically represent a lot of the visual elements of the film, from depicting quantum dynamics and quantum physics to testing Trinity him -even going through recreation, with my team, Los Alamos on a mesa in New Mexico in extraordinary weather, a lot of which was needed for the movie, in terms of the very harsh conditions there – there were huge practical challenges.

It is a story of immense scope and magnitude.

This is one of the most difficult projects I have ever undertaken in terms of scale and in terms of meeting the scale of the history ofOppenheimer. There were big logistical challenges, big practical challenges. But I had an amazing team, and they really stepped up. It will be some time before we are done. But for sure when I watch the results come in and prepare the film, I’m thrilled with what my team was able to do/achieve.

After tenet and the destruction of a real Boeing 747, now Nolan pulls off a nuclear explosion without CGI. It remains to be seen now what method was used and especially with what quantity of explosive.

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