Christopher Nolan, the director of the new movie Oppenheimer, said that he recreated the first nuclear weapon explosion without using CGI effects.
An American media company, says that Nolan told Total magazine Film about the movie. He has always preferred real-world effects to computer-generated ones, so this makes sense. In Oppenheimer, Cillian Murphy plays J. Robert Oppenheimer, a key figure in the Manhattan Project and the making of the atomic bomb during World War II. Murphy has worked with Nolan for a long time.
Nolan said, “I think recreating the Trinity test [the first time a nuclear weapon exploded, in New Mexico] without computer graphics was challenging.”
He added, “My visual effects supervisor, Andrew Jackson, who I brought on board early on, was looking at how we could do a lot of the visual elements of the film practically, from showing quantum dynamics and quantum physics to the Trinity test itself, to recreating, with my team, Los Alamos up on a mesa in New Mexico in extraordinary weather, a lot of which was needed for the film in terms of the very harsh conditions out there — there were huge practical challenges.”
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The director went on to say that Oppenheimer is a “story of enormous scope and scale.” He also said, “It’s one of the most difficult projects I’ve ever worked on because of how big it is and how big Oppenheimer’s story is.”
“There were big problems with logistics and big problems with getting things done. But I had a great team that really came through for me. We have a long way to go before we’re done. But as I see the results come in and put the movie together, I’m pleased with what my team has been able to do,” Nolan said.
Nolan has put together a cast of big names for Oppenheimer. Matt Damon, Florence Pugh, Rami Malek, Benny Safdie, Josh Hartnett, Dane DeHaan, Jack Quaid, Matthew Modine, Alden Ehrenreich, David Krumholtz, Michael Angarano, and Kenneth Branagh join Eddie Murphy, Emily Blunt, and Robert Downey Jr.
The project is based on American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and the late Martin J. Sherwin, which will come out on July 21, 2023. The book came out in 2005 and won the Pulitzer Prize.