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Christopher Nolan Explains Why He Didn’t Use CGI in his Upcoming Movie, Oppenheimer

Published on June 7th, 2023 | Updated on June 7th, 2023 | By FanFest

Christopher Nolan’s ‘Oppenheimer’ to Use Practical Effects as Much as Possible

Award-winning filmmaker Christopher Nolan is known for his ambitious and visually stunning films, and his upcoming biopic of J. Robert Oppenheimer is no exception. The film, which stars Cillian Murphy as the scientist who led the Manhattan Project, will reportedly use practical effects as much as possible.

Nolan is a vocal critic of CGI, and he has said that he prefers to use practical effects whenever possible. He believes that practical effects are more realistic and immersive, and he also thinks that they help to create a sense of history in his films.

In an interview with Empire magazine, Nolan said that he wanted to make Oppenheimer as realistic as possible. “I mean, I’ve done a lot of explosions in a lot of films,” he said. “But there is something very unique and particular about being out in a desert in the middle of the night with a big cast, and really just doing some enormous explosions and capturing that. You couldn’t help but come back to this moment when they were doing this on the ultimate scale, that in the back of their minds they knew there was this possibility that they would set fire to the atmosphere. It was pretty amazing to engage in that kind of tension.”

Oppenheimer is Nolan’s first film under a new deal he signed with Universal Pictures. The film is set to be released in theaters on July 21, 2023.


Here are some additional details about the film:

* The film is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and the late Martin J. Sherwin.
* The film’s supporting cast includes Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr., Florence Pugh, Benny Safdie, Michael Angarano, Josh Hartnett, Rami Malek, and Kenneth Branagh.
* The film is shot in IMAX 65mm and 65mm large-format film photography, including sections in IMAX black and white analogue photography.

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