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Comic Con: Interstellar trailer with Christopher Nolan

07.24.2014

The Paramount panel on Thursday had its fair share of surprises, but none bigger than the Christopher Nolan's unannounced first ever appearance at San Diego Comic Con with a quick chat and brand new trailer for INTERSTELLAR

First things first: you really just want to hear about the trailer, don’t you? Here's a quick breakdown of what it entailed:

It's very similar in structure to the last preview, beginning with narration by Matthew McConaughey lamenting Earth's current dire situation: "We used to look up; now we only look down and worry about the dust." There are some shots of the new dust bowl that's seemingly overtaken the Earth. There are dust storms, dead crops, people wearing masks—society is clearly in a bad place. McConaughey is approached by Michael Caine who asks him to lead a mission to presumably save the world. But this time the stakes are clear: the astronaut will have to leave his two children behind with no guarantee of ever seeing them again. Similar to the other trailer, he hugs his crying daughter and says "I'm coming back. I love you forever." 

Here is where the new footage kicks in and it's a montage of beautiful shots of space—planetary rings, colorful cosmic panoramas—all presumably presented in IMAX. We get some looks at his fellow astronauts Anne Hathaway and Wes Bentley. There are shots of them walking around the surface of another planet, one that looks similar to some of the Iceland location shooting featured in PROMETHEUS. There are shots of the astronauts and spacecraft in water, as well as brief glimpses of McConaughey's loved ones back home and Jessica Chastain's character. (Could Chastain be McConaughey's  grown up daughter? It’s sort of suggested in the context of the trailer.) This last section is also cut against narration from Michael Caine reciting Dylan Thomas' famous poem "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night.” The music swells and there's a final shot of a spacecraft in front of an interstellar backdrop featuring what looked like a figure-8 ribbon of light. Cut to title card: INTERSTELLAR.


Before this, McConaughey, making his Con debut as well, came out to tease the crowd before bringing out Nolan to rapturous applause. There was only time for brief remarks and questions, but here are the highlights:

  

- McConaughey first got a call from Nolan to fly to California and meet him at his house. They chatted for three hours but didn't talk at all about the movie. McConaughey was confused but received a script the next week. 

- The movie is set in a world where circumstances have led to society no longer needing astronauts or exploerers. However, due to the environmental situation, McConaughey's widowed father finally gets a shot at being a pilot again, but has to leave his two children behind. 

- Nolan said he's a huge fan of science fiction, specifically STAR WARS and 2001. He grew up during a time when being an astronaut was a childhood ambition and space exploration was the most exciting thing. Now with technology making everything smaller and smaller, he wanted to make something that celebrated the idea of using technology for exploring the bigger universe. 

- Nolan is using as much new innovation and technology as he can to create as much reality in camera for the actors to work with. This includes projecting the outerspace images in real time outside the spacecraft windows. 

- When asked what the film means to him, Nolan said no film means anything until it goes out to the audience. But he said for him the prominent themes revolve around what it means to be human and our place in the universe.

- For research, Nolan was fortunate to have theoretical physicist Kip Thorne as an Executive Producer to help explain things to him—not too in depth—just enough so that he can present it to the audience in a way they can understand. 

- As far as inspiration, he said he didn't want to give a list because you'll be able to see everything he ripped off in the finished film. McConaughey said everything has to be original with Nolan, even when he's inspired. 

- On why all of his movies seems to involve psychology: Nolan said he was just interested in people, specifically subjectivity vs. objectivity and how we're imprisoned by the world around us. 

- McConaughey said working on INTERSTELLAR felt like making an independent film—2-3 takes and then move to the next shot. He said it was by far Nolan's most ambitious film.

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Source: JoBlo.com

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9:30AM on 07/25/2014
Couldn't help but notice that they seem to have made Anne Hathaway look a good deal like Olivia Williams in The Last Days on Mars. It was a great trailer, and one moment in particular really piqued my curiosity - the astronauts on the surface of the planet being pursued by what looked like three monoliths joined together, tumbling its way after them aggressively. Definitely looks a lot more exciting than I first thought.
Couldn't help but notice that they seem to have made Anne Hathaway look a good deal like Olivia Williams in The Last Days on Mars. It was a great trailer, and one moment in particular really piqued my curiosity - the astronauts on the surface of the planet being pursued by what looked like three monoliths joined together, tumbling its way after them aggressively. Definitely looks a lot more exciting than I first thought.
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4:49AM on 07/25/2014
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10:57PM on 07/24/2014
"everything has to be original with Nolan, even when he's inspired"...Interesting considering most of his work is based of a novel or a remake of another film.
"everything has to be original with Nolan, even when he's inspired"...Interesting considering most of his work is based of a novel or a remake of another film.
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12:18AM on 07/25/2014
Huh?

He's only made one remake and one film based on a novel (if you discount The 'Dark Knight' Trilogy).

'Following,' 'Memento,' 'Inception,' and 'Interstellar' are both original works. Needles to say, every filmmaker is inspired by something that intrigues them, which by default, renders their original work not entirely original if you catch my drift.

As Jim Jarmusch once said: "Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent."
Huh?

He's only made one remake and one film based on a novel (if you discount The 'Dark Knight' Trilogy).

'Following,' 'Memento,' 'Inception,' and 'Interstellar' are both original works. Needles to say, every filmmaker is inspired by something that intrigues them, which by default, renders their original work not entirely original if you catch my drift.

As Jim Jarmusch once said: "Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent."
12:43PM on 08/08/2014
@Trainman - well Inception wasn't very original. Just go watch Cronenberg's ExistenZ. And I mean Interstellar, sure, but it's actually based on a script by other writers from 2007 that Nolan took and started rewriting. So it's just Following that is an original project... I mean really, seeing as Insomnia is a remake, his Batman movies are adaptations, Memento is based on a short story and The Prestige is based on a book.
@Trainman - well Inception wasn't very original. Just go watch Cronenberg's ExistenZ. And I mean Interstellar, sure, but it's actually based on a script by other writers from 2007 that Nolan took and started rewriting. So it's just Following that is an original project... I mean really, seeing as Insomnia is a remake, his Batman movies are adaptations, Memento is based on a short story and The Prestige is based on a book.
10:55PM on 07/24/2014
All of this sounds amazing. I can't wait for that trailer.
All of this sounds amazing. I can't wait for that trailer.
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9:25PM on 07/24/2014
This movie is going to be something special. Can't wait.
This movie is going to be something special. Can't wait.
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9:21PM on 07/24/2014
Since Nolan stopped doing Batman, no one cares about him or his films.
Since Nolan stopped doing Batman, no one cares about him or his films.
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10:52PM on 07/24/2014
You couldn't be more wrong, watch this movie make bank and weep
You couldn't be more wrong, watch this movie make bank and weep
10:54PM on 07/24/2014
Books could be written on how wrong you are.
Books could be written on how wrong you are.
11:26PM on 07/24/2014
Lets have this conversation again after the movie is released. It'll bomb.
Lets have this conversation again after the movie is released. It'll bomb.
11:53PM on 07/24/2014
Like Inception or The Prestige or that movie no one's ever heard of Memento (which predates Batman Begins).
Like Inception or The Prestige or that movie no one's ever heard of Memento (which predates Batman Begins).
4:48AM on 07/25/2014
Nothing funnier than Nolan haters.
Nothing funnier than Nolan haters.
5:19AM on 07/25/2014
Well, I'm still interested in Nolan's movies even though his Batman trilogy is now completed.
Well, I'm still interested in Nolan's movies even though his Batman trilogy is now completed.
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9:12PM on 07/24/2014

huh?

"planetary rings, colorful cosmic panoramas—all presumably shot in IMAX"

maybe I'm just not understanding this but... how does that make sense? Wouldn't that all be CGI and seeing as it's well... space, and there's no actual set there, is it really shot with IMAX cameras seeing as it's all made in a computer? I don't get how that would even be possible to be shot with an IMAX camera :s
"planetary rings, colorful cosmic panoramas—all presumably shot in IMAX"

maybe I'm just not understanding this but... how does that make sense? Wouldn't that all be CGI and seeing as it's well... space, and there's no actual set there, is it really shot with IMAX cameras seeing as it's all made in a computer? I don't get how that would even be possible to be shot with an IMAX camera :s
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9:28PM on 07/24/2014
Sorry, I meant "presented" in IMAX. We're writing these on the fly to get them to you ASAP.
Sorry, I meant "presented" in IMAX. We're writing these on the fly to get them to you ASAP.
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