By Simon Bacal
U.S. Release Date: 10/3/13
Nicknamed The Kessler Syndrome, a debris field, formed from the refuse of previous space missions and defunct satellites, orbits at an extremely high speed. If objects ever collide, more debris will be created and astronauts’ lives be on the line.
Such a scenario unfolds in the new space thriller Gravity, starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock.
When their space shuttle is destroyed after being hit by sharp fragments of a demolished satellite, Mission Specialist Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and Mission Commander Matt Kowalski (George Clooney), the two remaining survivors, are left adrift in space. Communication with Mission Control has been completly wiped out.
This vision stems from the combined imagination of writer / director / producer Aldonso Cuaron and his son Jonas, who believe that space is perfect place for humans to face increasingly overwhelming odds.
“I think it’s a story about what makes us try when it seems there is no light at the end of the tunnel. What is it that makes you go that extra step just in case it was worth the effort to try?.”
Making a movie, set entirely in zero gravity, required the filmmakers to use a solid combo of computer animation, CGI and practical effects.
One such effect, utilised during a scene where Bullock’s character spins uncontrollably through space, was a light box, which resembled a hollow cube, filled with thousands of tiny LED lights.
Neil Corbould, the film’s vusual effects supervisor, and his team also created a 12 wire rig which enabled Bullock, with the aid of special puppeteers, to be “floated” for certain scenes.
“It was a total collaboration, combining all the different elements of the images and sounds and extraordinary performances. We want audiences to come along on this journey, to share in the experience of floating weightless in the stunning but terrifying realm of space.”
Poducer David Heyman says Gravity is the most challenging movie that has ever come his way, but praises cast and crew for achieving something he believes is truly unique.
“It is beautiful elegant filmmaking whose complexity and difficulty tested everybody to the upteenth degree. But none of that is visible.”
Studio: Warner Bros
Director: Alfonso Cuaron
Stars: George Clooney and Sandra Bullock
Screenwriters: Alfonso and Jonas Cuaron
Producers: Alfonso Cuaron and David Heyman
Executive Producers: Chris deFaria, Nikki Penny and Stephen Jones
Source: Press Notes
Image Info: Sandra Bullock in Gravity. Copyright Warner Bros 2013. All Rights Reserved