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To celebrate the DVD & Blu-ray release of Interstellar, lets take a look at 15 things

you probably didnt know about Christopher Nolans epic sci-fi movie.

For Interstellar, Christopher Nolan returned to the same glacier where hed filmed Batman

Begins. Since the directors last visit, a volcanic

eruption had left the glacier scored by grey ash, but this grittier look gave the location

the feel of a hostile environment, which was what he wanted for the films Ice Planet.

Both Chile and Englands Morecambe Bay were originally considered as filming locations

for the movies Water Planet. But the Interstellar team found what they

were looking for in the shallow yet seemingly endless Brunasandur lagoon in Iceland.

The films costume design team had just 12 weeks to design and build Interstellars

astronaut suits. Because of the amount of time the cast spent

wearing the suits, the oxygen units in them had to work so the actors could breathe when

they had their helmets on. The suits also contained a system of cold

water tubes to stop the actors from getting too hot.

And backpacks with integrated air cooling systems were also made to keep the actors

from overheating and their glass visors fog-free. All in all, the costume weighed between 30

and 35 pounds.

The astronautshelmets were created using a 3D printer and were custom fitted for the

actors and their stunt doubles. A sound system was installed inside the helmets

so the cast and director could communicate.

Nolan wanted the movies mechanical astronauts, CASE and TARS, to be minimalist in design.

He and production designer Nathan Crowley tried out possible designs by gluing together

popsicle sticks, and later they tested out different combinations of earth magnets.

They finally decided on a blocky, 5-foot-tall plank system that unfolds magnetically.

The movies special effects co-ordinator Scott Fisher and his team built 8 robots for

the film. Fisher estimated that 80% of the robot footage

in Interstellar is practical effects rather than CGI, which was mainly reserved for especially

complex robotic movement.

On set, actor Bill Irwin not only performed the voices of both CASE and TARS, interacting

with the rest of the cast, but he also operated the robots via a mechanical puppeteering rig.

However, for some scenes that required more movement, the 200-pound rig was operated by

stuntman Mark Fichera. According to Irwin, TARS personality is a

mix of gym teacher and ex-Marine. In the final film, we only hear Irwin as TARS,

while actor Josh Stewart voices CASE.

When we see Cooper speeding through corn fields in his truck, chasing a drone, Matthew McConaughey

is really in the drivers seat, but it was actually a stunt man in a special rig on top

of the truck who was operating the vehicles controls.

For Interstellars scenes of life during dust storms, Nolan was inspired by filmmaker

Ken Burnss documentary about the effect on 1930s Depression-era America of the period

of environmental disaster known as the Dust Bowl.

Nolan even incorporated interviews with real people from Burnss documentary into Interstellar.

To create Interstellars dust storms, huge fans were used to fill the air with C-90,

a non-toxic biodegradable material made from ground-up cardboard.

Although Coopers home is located in Americas heartland, filming actually took place just

south of Calgary, in the Canadian province of Alberta.

Christopher Nolan didnt want to shoot a separate farmhouse, corn field and mountain,

and place them together digitally. So, after local rancher Rick Sears found a

piece of land that worked for the movies requirements, he helped the Interstellar team

build a road to the location and plant 500 acres of corn about six months before filming


For the design of Coopers home, Nolan was inspired by the paintings of artist .

He wanted the house to look contemporary but not futuristic, and for its architecture to

have a timeless feel. The house was built from scratch by the movies

art department in less than 10 weeks and was pretty much like a real home, but without


Former US astronaut Marsha Ivins shared her experience of space and life as an astronaut

with the movies cast and crew during a visit to the Interstellar set.

Ivins also sent Anne Hathaway video footage shed recorded during her space missions

and gave the cast notes about how to move in Zero Gravity.

Research by theoretical physicist Kip Thorne forms the scientific backbone of Interstellar.

Thorne spent time with the Interstellar cast to help them understand the science behind

the film. And, to ensure Interstellars universe was

as authentic as possible, Thorne also worked closely with the movies visual effects

supervisor Paul Franklin. Thorne produced mathematical equations on

the effects of gravity on light around a blackhole and through a wormhole.

Then Franklin and his visual effects team used those equations to write new software

that created the films blackhole and wormhole.

Christopher Nolan asked Hans Zimmer to start writing the Interstellar score before the

script was even finished, and, initially, he didnt even tell the composer what genre

the movie was going to be either. Instead of a script, Nolan gave Zimmer a one-page

scene about a father and his relationship with his son.

Zimmer drew on his own personal experiences as a father to write the first piece of music,

which became the basis for the whole score.

The large pipe organ at Londons 12th-century Temple Church features heavily in the films

score and was played by Roger Sayer, Director of Music at the Church.

The organ was built by Harrison & Harrison in the 1920s for a ballroom in Glen Tanar

Castle in Scotland and was relocated to Temple Church in the 1950s.

Well there you have it, 15 things you probably didn't know about Interstellar!

Let me know in the comments below, what you thought of Interstellar.

And whats your favourite Christopher Nolan movie & why?

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