In a dramatic scene from "Interstellar," the space crew was nearly overcome by a massive wave on a distant planet. Take a look behind the scenes to see the filmmakers and actor Wes Bentley discuss the lighting and composite work required to produce this daunting visual effect.
Shooting on-location in Iceland, the wave sequence was filmed with the help of a mobile stunt rig attached to an ATV stationed in a lake. Physics simulations aided the VFX team in creating a realistic 4,000 foot wave. Check it out below.
In the clip, VFX supervisor Paul Franklin discusses the complexities involved in the production.
It's a combination of very, very detailed, rigorous simulation of what water should actually do using physics simulations to work out how do the waves splash and sweep the spacecraft away, and how does the water surge over the hull of the spacecraft. And that was a quite tricky thing to do, was to work out what would be the surface details that would tell you this thing is 4,000 feet high.
And of course this all then had to be integrated seamlessly into the photography that we'd done on the location. It was a very, very awkward location to film on I have to say.