gravity-vfx-breakdown

Gravity has not only some of the best effects of the year, but some of the best effects we’ve seen, particularly with respect to how they’re integrated into the story, and in the way that some of  the digital creations are seamlessly integrated with shots of the few actors in the film.

Over the coming months we’ll likely see more and more info that shows how some of the film’s effects were crafted, and here’s one short video breakdown that details the creation of a specific 3D digital space. Read More »

THR-writer-Roundtable

One of the highlights of each new Oscar season is the set of roundtable discussions created by THR. In each of these, the trade gathers a set of people involved in various films likely to be highlighted in the awards season, and just allows them to talk about making movies. They can be pretty great, especially since one byproduct of awards season is a tendency to talk about superficialities rather than substance, and these talks can really dig into the meat of making movies.

Here’s the new 50-minute screenwriting roundtable, featuring George Clooney and Grant Heslov (Monuments Men), Julie Delpy (Before Midnight), Nicole Holofcener (Enough Said), John Ridley (12 Years A Slave), Danny Strong (Lee Daniels’ The Butler) and Jonas Cuaron (Gravity). Read More »

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Alfonso Cuaron‘s Gravity has quickly become one of the biggest blockbusters of the year. At $219 million and counting, with a full awards season run likely, the 3D space thriller has firmly planted itself in popular culture both for this year and years to come. It makes sense, then, that the evil geniuses at Mondo have created an officially licensed poster for the film. And for art fans, the fact it was done by technical master Kevin Tong is even less of a surprise. Check out the full poster below along with a process video. Read More »

Aningaaq

(Note: Spoilers for Gravity follow.)

Alfonso Cuarón‘s Gravity doesn’t really need extra frills to make it better, but a companion short film directed by Cuarón’s son and co-writer Jonás Cuarón could enhance the experience all the same. “Aningaaq” revisits a key scene from the feature in which Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) happens to make contact with someone on Earth — only from the perspective of the Inuit fisherman (played by Orto Ignatiussen) on the other side.

The short didn’t play in front of U.S. screenings of Gravity, unfortunately, but it could get some added attention as the Oscar race heats up for both it and Gravity. In a recent interview, the Cuaróns took the time to explain “Aningaaq,” and how it came about. Hit the jump to see what they had to say.

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Gravity set

Neil deGrasse Tyson’s complaints notwithstanding, Gravity has been hailed by most moviegoers as being one of the most realistic depictions of space travel ever put to film. It’s so realistic, in fact, that one reporter seemed fooled entirely.

At a recent press conference for the film, a journalist asked director Alfonso Cuarón about the challenges of shooting in space. The guy probably wasn’t being entirely serious — it turns out he works for a comedy show — but he later defended his question anyway, saying, “Don’t tell me I was the only one who had that doubt.” Hit the jump to watch how it all went down.

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Dave and Devindra are joined by Dan Trachtenberg to discuss what makes a genre film great, and also take another look at Gravity’s deceptively simple yet emotionally complex script. Also, Dan makes a shocking revelation about how many times he’s watched Kickboxer.

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Gravity

Having a strong story vision and a strong producer are of paramount importance when trying to guide a film through the studio machine. Without those elements, any given story can fall prey to different visions, or to the fear executives have of working with the unusual or unproven, or (worse) an idea they can’t quite visualize for themselves.

When faced with such things, the typical approach is to shoehorn in tried and true elements to make the story in question look more “normal.”

Alsonfo Cuarón has recently explained just how studio execs’ need for safety and easy visualization nearly came together with his new film Gravity. If Cuarón and his team had been less solid, the film might have fallen prey to the studio impulse to make things softer and safer. We might have seen flashback scenes, or a love story subplot, or even a male version of Sandra Bullock’s character. Cuarón explains below. Read More »

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Dave and Devindra praise the brilliance of Short Term 12, chat about the incredible making of Wadjda, and debate whether or not rewatchability equals excellence. Special guest Tasha Robinson from The Dissolve joins us for this episode.

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Gravity BTS

Almost all modern films rely heavily on sound to make an impact. With Alfonso Cuaron‘s Gravity, however, the things we don’t hear are just as important as those we do. Taking place entirely in space, with scenes set in the vacuum between spacecraft and within those crafts themselves, the film features a more realistic type of sound design than we’ve seen in most space-based films.

So while we hear dialogue transmitted through suit audio and some sounds of interaction channeled as vibrations through space suits worn by Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, some of the big events in the film go down without the typical booming movie sound effects. Seeing spacecraft disintegrate in near-silence turns out to be far more effective in some ways than the same scene would be with standard effects — could we see Gravity effecting any big change in how certain films are soundtracked? Here’s hoping.

Regardless, there’s a lot to talk about with respect to the creation of sound effects in Gravity. The great Soundworks Collection has a ten-minute video on the subject, which you can enjoy below. Read More »

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Gravity

Alfonso Cuaron‘s Gravity landed with a huge splash this weekend, earning near-unanimous critical praise and exceeding all box office predictions to become the biggest October opening in history. Much of the appeal lay in the film’s verisimilitude. As several reviewers put it, Gravity is the closest that most of us non-astronauts will ever get to space.

But wowing general audiences who don’t know the first thing about actual space travel is one thing. Passing muster with experts is quite another. While astronaut Buzz Aldrin wrote that he was “extravagantly impressed,” astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson took to Twitter to point out everything the movie got wrong. Hit the jump to see what they had to say.

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