5 Movies That Surprisingly Get Technology And Science
Resolution and film can be like water and oil. After all, the goal of cinema is to engage your mind and amuse you, and perhaps that entertainment will come in the form of an epic space battle or the eye-catching tension of a slasher movie. Do you have to be precise to be entertaining? Heck no!
In fact, we sometimes take solace in narrating movies that are completely fabricated, leaving the theater in a rage, “Phew, at least it was just a movie.” But sometimes the moments that stay with us are the ones that seem possible. It makes sense that the risks appear to be much greater when they are in fact present.
With that in mind, we’ve picked five films that use the reality of technology and science to not only wow the imagination, but to use it as fuel for their dramatic drives. From the depths of outer space, it’s surprising that some filmmakers go to make sure their films are accurate… while keeping you entertained along the way.
1. Interstellar (2014)
In the world of Interstellar, Earth’s future is bleak as a global crop pest and a second dust bowl threaten to make the planet uninhabitable. Humanity is left with only one option: to send Matthew McConaughey through a wormhole into space.
Whether it’s black holes or time dilation, all science has been presented Interstellar Inspired by real theoretical physics. The credit goes to American theoretical physicist and Nobel Prize winner Kip Thorne, who was the film’s scientific advisor and executive producer. Thorne was so committed to the movie that he wrote a book called interstellar science, where he delves into many details about the cosmic sciences that appeared in the film. Director Christopher Nolan describes Thorne’s work on the film in his preface to the book:
“He saw his role not as a science policeman, but as a collaborator in the narrative—searching through scholarly journals and academic papers for solutions to the corners in which I wrote myself. Kip taught me that the hallmark of science—its humility in the face of nature’s surprises”
Thorne also worked closely with the film’s visual effects team, Double Negative, and its chief scientist, Oliver James. James writes software that artists use to create film visual effects. in case if InterstellarThorne will work on complex equations in a program called Mathematica, which James will then translate into film screenings.(Opens in a new window). Some amazing fixed pieces have come from this relationship, including the Gargantua black hole.
James had to imagine how light would interact with the black hole – including how it bends and changes shape through it – to create Gargantua. You can find early black hole simulation videos on the movie’s YouTube channel(Opens in a new window).
finally, interstellar The crowning achievement is her commitment to theoretical physics. The movie can capture your imagination in part because it was born out of science fiction. (Watch on Paramount +(Opens in a new window).)
2. The First Man (2018)
first man It chronicles the life of legendary astronaut Neil Armstrong and what led him to take those first few steps on the moon.
The film’s opening minutes show Neil, played by Ryan Gosling, in the cockpit of a North American X-15, a hypersonic missile-powered aircraft, shaking violently. When you see the analog numbers on the dashboard flip up and up with altitude, you think, “There’s no way that this squeaky piece of metal gets far.” It is, but there is never relief, and in regression, your anxiety only increases. This is a space flight as it was in reality, not science fiction stuff.
After the Armstrong family gave writer Josh Singer the consent to move forward first man, NASA has officially signed on to be a consultant for the film. In an article in the language of popular science(Opens in a new window) Regarding the film’s accuracy, Bert Ulrich, Multimedia Coordinator at NASA, states, “One of the great legacies of NASA is the assets we have: the footage, images, and other details in our historical archives.” In 2017 alone, Ulrich and NASA provided assistance with 143 documentaries, 25 feature films, and 41 TV shows.
Josh Singer, director Damien Chazelle, and the rest of the production crew made great use of these assets. Singer was able to simulate the Armstrong X-15 flight described above and the crew was able to create models of actual NASA equipment in use during that time.
Sound is very important in the movie, and NASA was able to provide the actual spacesuits used on the Gemini and Apollo flights. The sound artists captured the sound of the suit’s clouds up and down, as well as the airflow inside the helmets. Not surprisingly first man It was nominated for two Academy Awards, sound mixing and sound editing.
Singer and Chazelle also went to great lengths to capture energy in the mission control room during the launch of Gemini 8. After the crunch, there were no scripts available from the launch, so Singer was able to find one of the remaining flight managers who was there on that fateful day .
The team behind first man They wanted to create a historically accurate depiction of Neil Armstrong’s life, and to do so they had to bear the risk and cost that came with humanity’s greatest expedition. It turns out the drama didn’t need much embellishment. (Watch on Hulu with Live TV or FX Now.)
3. The Conversation (1974)
When surveillance expert Harry Cole suspects the couple he’s spying on will be murdered, he is overcome by guilt and paranoia in the ’70s thriller directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Drama in Conversation It is intrinsically related to the technology of the time, an era in which covert audio devices fared much better than video in the world of surveillance.
Coppola’s inspiration for the film was inspired by a conversation(Opens in a new window) With another director, Irvin Kirchner, they discussed the safest place for two to have a private conversation. The answer was…nowhere. Kershner stated that he had heard of microphones with rifle sights that were so powerful and selective that they could pick up a specific conversation, even in a crowd. These are the same microphones filmed in the opening moments of Conversation.
According to the Crypto Museum(Opens in a new window)A collection of real instruments, including stylus microphones(Opens in a new window) The phone bugged the activator harmonica(Opens in a new window), are marked and used correctly in the film. The opening shot of the terracotta conversation being recorded, a scene from God’s perspective slowly moving around crowded Union Square. The voice flows, broken and incomprehensible before focusing on the topic, the couple tries to have a private conversation.
Coppola said the entire scene was filmed with radio microphones, and despite the chaos of filming, it was the same technology that the protagonist would use for this job in the story. It’s rare to see a film that relies on the reality of its technology rather than its potential, and that reality is used to great effect in the Conversation. (Watch on Showtime or Paramount +(Opens in a new window).)
4 – Mr. Robot (2015-2019)
Elliot Alderson, a cybersecurity engineer turned security hacker in a mind-bending television masterpiece that is Mr. Robot. Now, before we continue, we realize that the name of this article specifically quotes films, but what is prestigious television if not feature-length cinema? Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Mr. Robot It features the most accurate hacking visuals of any fairy tale, regardless of screen size.
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Hacking is often used as a tool to easily solve a narrative problem disguised as technical. It can often invite any number of cliched visual metaphors like fast but meaningless typing at a keyboard, or a wall of code(Opens in a new window) It is seen on the screen when someone is hacking or hacking. Mr. Robot Sam Ismail, the show’s creator, says he’s dedicated a lot of the show’s resources to portraying hacking as accurately as possible, with a team of talented minds to ensure the narration is accurate.
This team was chaired by the technology product of the exhibition Kor Adana(Opens in a new window). Adana used to work in cybersecurity and oversee all technical aspects of the show, making sure that the hacks, code, and tools were all authentic.(Opens in a new window). The other member of the team, Mark Rogers, is best known for pioneering the hack of the ’90s. He was joined by Adana and Rogers Ryan Kazansian, chief security engineer at Tanium Security Corporation, as well as two former FBI agents.
The creative pipeline of view went like this(Opens in a new window): The writers will draw the story arcs and character paths, then pass this outline to the tech team to see how technology and hacking will move the story between these points. After Esmail approved the hack, Adana wrote a detailed breakdown of how it worked. In addition, animators have created interactive versions of the hacks in flash form that accept any input, ensuring that no matter what character you type, it will look right.
Drama is at its most exciting when met with plausibility, and this makes a huge impact time and time again in the Mr. Robot. (Watch the Amazon Prime video(Opens in a new window).)
5. Finding Nemo (2003)
We’re not going to sit here and tell you that fish can talk and that they have wacky adventures, but Finding Nemo It is based on an astonishing amount of actual marine science(Opens in a new window).
Much of the film’s subtlety is found in its artistic direction and design. The fish featured in the movie, such as clown fish, blue tang, sharks, and anglerfish, all look just like their real-life counterparts, albeit with the flair of famous Pixar animation. If you look at the images of the Great Barrier Reef seen in the movie next to real ones, they are surprisingly similar. The animation team also developed a realistic water simulation for the movie that they were asked to dilute(Opens in a new window) for the final product.
The facts are also true: clown fish can lay up to 1,000 eggs, and angler fish use headlights as lure. And although the speed is overrated for the movie, tropical fish sometimes “trip” on the East Australian Stream in the summer.
Probably Finding Nemo It’s not the most accurate movie on this list, but it uses real science to guide creative decisions for its design and storytelling. (Watch on Disney +(Opens in a new window).)
For more info on multimedia versus real life, check out our story on 5 Modern Technologies That Accurately Predicted 60 Years Before The Jetsons. And to watch any of the movies and shows mentioned above, check out our list of the best video streaming services.
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