Edward Platero, who I met by way of Jason R. Gray (from the Upstream Color episode), is a filmmaker and a tremendous appreciator of Interstellar. Not only did Edward provide tremendous insight as we discussed the movie, he also compiled and/or created all of the video clips you’ll see below.
We started off by discussing the movie’s relationship with science. In as much as Armageddon was a giant middle finger to the scientific community, Interstellar, whenever the narrative would allow, used science as its foundation. If you’ve got the time, this documentary goes into details that our podcast just wouldn’t allow for.
We then moved into some character discussion. Firstly, we examined the simultaneous truth and falsity when various characters claim to represent all of humanity. Yes, we are everything Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) says we are but we’re also, simultaneously so much more. Part of this line of the conversation dealt with Dr. Mann. The Dr. Mann backstory comic Edward refers to can be found here.
Edward also makes a convincing argument against director Christopher Nolan’s exclusion in most discussions of the “great” living filmmakers, including Nolan’s vision of having as many practical effects as possible in Interstellar.
As we talked, Edward was able to open my ears to how pivotal Interstellar‘s music is. The score is equal parts intimate and titanic, as evidenced in this behind-the-scenes look at the music of the film.
When it came time for Edward and I to choose our MVP’s we both couldn’t imagine the movie without the machine characters, TARS and CASE. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the movie magic that brought the characters to life.
When Edward talked about recording his own project in Iceland, he described the terrain as “beautiful.” Thankfully, he’s a filmmaker and has the images to prove it.
End credit music:
Zachary Gray / “M’hmm (x2)” / taken from Forest City Series Vol. 2 / 2015 / used with permission from A Person Disguised As People
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