Program 2015

CONFERENCE | TECHNOLOGY | LIGHTING & RENDERING

Into the Wormhole

Oliver James (Dneg)
The Wormhole depicted in Interstellar is the result of a close collaboration between the film's Scientific Advisor, Professor Kip Thorne and the visual effects team at Double Negative. Together, we developed the Double Negative Gravitational Renderer. This code uses Einstein's laws of General Relativity to trace beams of light as they propagate through the curved space-time in the vicinty of a wormhole and a black hole to create the iconic images seen in the movie. This talk describes this collaboration and how the challenge of depicting the wormhole influenced the development of this renderer.
Oliver James

Oliver James , Chief Scientist, Double Negative, www.dneg.com

Oliver studied Physics at Oxford University, then took a change in direction and became an assistant in a photographic studio. In 1995 he combined those disciplines by joining Research & Development team at The Computer Film Company. Oliver spent a total of five years at CFC before moving on to Warner Bros.' ESC Entertainment in 2001 and The Moving Picture Company in 2003. He joined Double Negative in 2004 as Research and Development Supervisor where he has been involved in developing high-end technology to realize some of the most demanding visual effects in film.   Film credits include: Event Horizon, Sexy Beast, The Matrix Reloaded & Revolutions, Batman Begins, Harry Potter, Quantum of Solace, Inception and Interstellar.  

Multi-award-winning Double Negative (Dneg) is one of the world's largest providers of VFX for film with facilities in London, Singapore and Vancouver.

Early 2015 saw Double Negative recognised by both BAFTA and the Academy Awards for their work on Interstellar plus the publication of two scientific papers (co-authored with leading astrophysicist Kip Thorne) on their R&D team’s discovery of new insights into the appearance of spinning black holes. 

Double Negative’s latest works include Interstellar, Exodus, Ex Machina, Jupiter AscendingInsurgent and Avengers: Age of Ultron. Shows currently in production include The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, Terminator: Genisys, Mission Impossible 5 and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Dneg also have a flourishing television team in DNegTV (working on prime time shows of the likes of Outlander and Agent Carter) and a brand new Feature Animation division set up to work with IP Providers on the creation of feature length animations.

FMX is funded by the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts and the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing of the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg, the City of Stuttgart and MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg, taking place in cooperation with the VES Visual Effects Society and ACM SIGGRAPH. FMX is an event by the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, organized by Animationsinstitut, hosting the Animation Production Days (APD), a joint venture with the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS).

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