(Review republished with permission from partner site MovieArtBook.com)
"Interstellar: Beyond Time and Space" is a wonderful book that will add to your appreciation of the film after you've seen it -- and I emphasize AFTER because it is best to experience the movie on it's own terms, knowing as little as possible about it. If you have seen the film and liked it, then you should consider picking up this book.
The book goes into detail about Cooper’s farm. The house was built from scratch. The portion of the book that discusses the dust is one of the most interesting parts.
The book also covers the astronaut’s suits. They were designed to be similar to the current NASA suits, but with a few key differences that you can read about. A lot of pages are dedicated to the spaceships in the film, including the Ranger, the Lander, and the Endurance. The reader gets a good look at some early concepts of the Ranger in particular. Much like the spacesuits, the spacecraft used a lot of features and designs utilized in modern NASA spaceships.
The two main planets that the characters visit, the Water Planet and the Ice Planet, are covered in great detail. The planets in Interstellar were all achieved mainly with real-world photography – that means the design elements are not as exotic as the planets in other sci-fi films. But there are a lot of photos from on location in Iceland -- in fact, the scenes on both planets were captured just miles from each other.
Here's a breakdown of some of the things you'll find in the book (minor spoilers):
- Discussion on the involvement of Kip Thorne and the real science
- Coop's farm - production photos and interior shots of the house.
- Filming on location/designs of the Water Planet and Ice Planet
- Designs of the Endurance and Ranger
- The costume design of the spacesuits
- Storyboards and sketches
- Designing TARS and CASE
- Filming for Zero G sequences
- Casting (and photos of the key actors/characters)
- The aging process for certain characters
- On set photos of director Nolan
- Filming with IMAX cameras
- Hans Zimmer and creating the score