Director Christopher Nolan created the appearance of a nuclear explosion for “Oppenheimer” without using CGI.
Nolan explains how he recreated the destruction of the first atomic bomb in a new interview with Total Film.
“I think recreating the Trinity test without computer graphics was a big challenge,” he told the newspaper. “Andrew Jackson – my visual effects supervisor, who was already on board – was overseeing how we were going to do many of the visual elements of the film in action, from representing quantum dynamics and quantum physics to the creation of the Trinity itself. With my team, Los Alamos in the unique climate of New Mexico. Climbed on the mesa, many of the most important for the film in terms of the most difficult conditions – there were great practical challenges.
Instead of using CGI, Nolan used a revolving walkway to film the biggest fight scene in “Incension.”
He called Oppenheimer a challenger but got help from a “special” team.
“It’s one of the most challenging projects I’ve ever taken on, in terms of its scope and getting to know the breadth of Oppenheimer’s history,” he said. “There were big, logistical challenges, big practical challenges. But I had an extraordinary crew, and they really came out on top. It will be a while before we finish. But of course, when I look at the results and put the film together, I’m really happy with what my team accomplished.
Physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer called Cillian Murphy “the father of the atomic bomb.”