A scientific journal has judged that the film Interstellar should be shown in school science lessons due to the accuracy of its visual effects.
BU Honorary Doctorate recipient Paul Franklin led the Oscar-winning visual effects team for London-based company, Double Negative, who worked on the film.
He has appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme and was featured in an article on BBC News Online where he explained the accuracy behind the effects.
Interstellar follows astronauts travelling to another galaxy through a wormhole in space, created by a giant black hole. The visual effects are so accurate that they have led to a new scientific insight.
Paul Franklin explained the science behind wormholes, which look like crystal balls in the sky. He told BBC News: “What was really exciting was that we were able to show the reality of the Universe was stranger than anything we could imagine,”
The portrayal of wormholes led to the publishing of scientific papers in the American Journal of Physics and in Classical and Quantum Gravity.
Around 60 Bournemouth University graduates worked on the film, including Andrew Lockley, who studied at the University’s National Centre for Computer Animation between 1999 and 2000 and was on stage at the Oscars to collect the Best Visual Effects gong, which the film won this year.
For more information, read the BBC article.