Christopher Nolan says No CGI was used for Nuclear Blast Scene in Oppenheimer

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On July 21, 2023, Christopher Nolan’s new movie Oppenheimer will be released if nothing unexpected happens. As the release date approaches, more information about his feature film is coming to light. Still, the most recent one will undoubtedly pique the interest of movie industry professionals. In his upcoming film Oppenheimer, which stars Cillian Murphy as Robert Oppenheimer, Nolan claims that no CGI was used for the nuclear blast scene.

With Oppenheimer, the British filmmaker will continue to differentiate himself by forgoing the green screen and visual effects whenever feasible. Christopher Nolan had already issued a warning that his goal was to portray the finest nuclear explosion in motion picture history at the start of this year. He has made significant progress in this area.

In an interview with Total Film, Nolan said he could film a nuclear explosion without CGI. Naturally, his claim has shocked many because almost all movies that have attempted to depict this terrible catastrophe have done it using computer-generated imagery.

Recreating the Trinity test [the first nuclear weapon detonation in New Mexico] without CGI was a considerable challenge. Oppenheimer’s team made the visual presentation as close to a real one. Andrew Jackson, my visual effects supervisor, who I brought in early on, was looking at how we could make many of the film’s visual elements in practical ways, from depicting quantum dynamics and quantum physics to the Trinity test itself.”

On the other hand, Christopher Nolan said that the weather where they shot, In Los Alamos-New Mexico. It is challenging to recreate a nuclear explosion and the physical phenomena accurately.