I haven’t had a chance to see “The Fountain” yet but I’ve been reading up on the special effects for the movie. All of which where created without CGI. The space scenes where created in a petri dish.
Here’s the trailer.
Judging by the mixed reviews the movie is getting I can’t tell if it’ll be good or not but it seems like the visual experience alone might be worth the price of admission.
The site for the movie (which is great) manages to create a rich environment. I really like that it seems to be boundless.
Here’s an excerpt from Wired about the effects:
Then Aronofsky’s team discovered the work of Peter Parks, a marine biologist and photographer who lives in a 400-year-old cowshed west of London. Parks and his son run a home f/x shop based on a device they call the microzoom optical bench. Bristling with digital and film cameras, lenses, and Victorian prisms, their contraption can magnify a microliter of water up to 500,000 times or fill an Imax screen with the period at the end of this sentence. Into water they sprinkle yeast, dyes, solvents, and baby oil, along with other ingredients they decline to divulge. The secret of Parks’ technique is an odd law of fluid dynamics: The less fluid you have, the more it behaves like a solid. The upshot is that Parks can make a dash of curry powder cascading toward the lens look like an onslaught of flaming meteorites. “When these images are projected on a big screen, you feel like you’re looking at infinity,” he says. “That’s because the same forces at work in the water – gravitational effects, settlement, refractive indices – are happening in outer space.”
You can read the full article in the November issue of wired or online