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Cosmic Odyssey

A large office set was constructed for Murph (Jessica Chastain, top) to work out some
of the film's deep science.

contrived look where you can see single
details in the clouds and the planet
surface."
The two 40,000-lumen projectors were positioned according to the
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camera's field of view. A Wi-Fi connection and Watchout's keystoning feature
allowed Nolan and van Hoytema to
rough in the background perspective on
a laptop from their positions behind the
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camera. Identical images from the two
projectors were converged into one on
the cyclorama in order to achieve an
acceptable exposure level through the
windows of the spacecraft.
Unlike a TransLite, front-projection content can be animated to correlate with the position of the sun, set
rotation and camera angle. "We have
sequences where the spacecraft dips
toward a planet, and we could move the
content dynamically outside the
windows while rotating the light
coming through the windows," says van
Hoytema. Projection elements were
improved and fine-tuned over the
course of production, and though most
of these elements were still enhanced
with visual effects in post, van Hoytema
notes that "there's always the ambition
to make it as good as we can in front of
the camera."
"Everything proceeded from
Hoyte's photography," Franklin explains. "We wanted all of the effects
shots to feel as if he just went out there
with the camera and filmed what you're



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