“Sometimes fiction — not science fiction — is the best way to explore the answers.”
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Gravity’s Oscar-winning Visual Effects Mastermind Talks about Computer Graphics and ‘Weightlessness’
"For Webber, his scientific grounding has helped him explore the links between artistic and scientific creativity, none more so than in Gravity. “The physics grounding I had through education has often informed my work and knowledge, for example: in understanding the way light bounces off objects and behaves, through to simulating water flow. Also, when animating a simple character in motion, the understanding of the basic laws of physics is so important in getting the movement right.”
“Ties. Lots of ties. Mathematicians have revealed there are over 177,000 distinct ways to knot a neck tie – more than 1000 times the number that was previously thought. They got their inspiration from an unusual style featured in the film The Matrix Reloaded.”
"No living human could ever replace legendary Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, but Jedi enthusiasts at Arizona’s University of Advancing Technology may have created the next best thing. Students in the digital video program wrote and produced a parody of "Bohemiam Rhapsody" that will make any Star Wars fan headbang along.”