Everyday you learn something new. I remember watching Contact many many times, but not being a cinematographer, or really anyone with an eye for filmography, I never paid too much attention to some of the great camera work in the film. So, that being said here’s a behind the scenes commentary on how the scene was shot:
You don’t often think of too much detailed special effects from the mid 1990s, and when you do, you usually attribute it to terrible films. Listening to that though you realize just how much there is going on in a seemingly simple shot.