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Quinn Minnich

on 16 November 2014

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Transcript of Interstellar

A Presentation
by Quinn Minnich

Use of Visual Shots and Angles
There are many ways that Interstellar uses the camera and set to tell its story or build action.
Audio Elements
While the soundtrack itself is great, two major aspects of it especially contribute to telling the story
Unique Cinematic Elements
Interstellar uses several clever visual shots and angles to help tell its story. Its use of commentative sound (or the lack there of) also helps make the film into a special work of art.
First, a little about the film...
Interstellar has multiple examples of Hard Science Fiction
A brief look at the movie, the reality of its science fiction, and its unique cinematic elements.
So, was it a good film?
Rotten Tomatoes: 74%
IMDb: 9/10
Camera "Clings"
Most of the shots in space appear to be clinging to the outside of the space craft. This creates the impression that the audience is "holding on" for dear life.
Earth vs. Space
Quick Facts:

(who also directed Inception and The Batman Saga)
Basic Plot:
The earth is dying and humanity needs to find another home if it is to survive. A wormhole has been found that leads to a distant galaxy with new planets, so a team of scientists are sent off in a space craft to discover if any of them are inhabitable.
Sound in space
Unlike many science fiction films, Interstellar portrays space as absolutely silent... as it would be in real life.
In addition to explaining how wormholes work, Interstellar is one of the only films to acknowledge that a real wormhole would most likely be 3D-- not a flat hole.
Theory of Relativity
Interstellar experiments with the effects of slower time at faster speeds
No Sound in Sapce
Most shots outside the ship are silent. This can cause the audience to hold their breath, as though they really were in space!
Volume Builds Suspense
The non-diegetic sound tends to grow noticeably louder (rather than more exciting) as the action become more intense. This creates an "collision imminent" feel.
Based on Jim Harvey's speech structures
Directed by
Christopher Nolan
Written by
Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan
Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, and Jessica Chastain
Courtesy of IMDb
Here are some...
Let's examine some of these things...
Here are two...
Space scenes are more visually striking.
Most of the shots on earth are dusty and muted.

"It’s a bold, beautiful cosmic adventure story with a touch of the surreal and the dreamlike, and yet it always feels grounded in its own deadly serious reality."
--Dave Calhoun
"Interstellar may not be perfect, but tent-pole filmmaking with such ambition and grandeur is always worth celebrating." --Ben Nicholson
I believe it was certainly worth watching, and I'm looking forward to seeing it again!
-- Quinn Minnich
Reviews taken from metacritic.com:
"Interstellar is simultaneously a big-budget science fiction endeavor and a very simple tale of love and sacrifice. It is by turns edgy, breathtaking, hopeful, and heartbreaking."
--James Berardinelli
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