Alfonso Cuaron: “You’re Only As Good As Your Collaborators”.
It started. Alfonso Cuaron, who swooned us all with Children of Men and his love of storytelling through long takes is back with Gravity, an ambitious project kept under wrapped until now. We knew that the opening shot was 17 minutes long, and that the two hour long movie only has 156 shots in total, but now we get to hear the man behind the movie talk about the process and see the first clip released.
Cuaron, along with Sandra Bullock and producer David Heyman did an apparition at Comic-Con last weekend to tell a bit more about shooting a movie “in space” with two actors (Bullock and Clooney) and zero gravity.
But first, watch this minute and half long-take in HD to get a sense of what Gravity is:
The Comic-Con panel below is particularly interesting, with Cuaron explaining how he and his team went on a Cameron-like process for this movie: they had to create new technologies to be able to shoot and convey the feeling that actors were in outer space, and Bullock and Clooney, who are the only two actors during the whole movie, had to work on their acting skills to feel like it wasn’t just a set with a lot of rigs and robots around.
Bullock also talks about the process of training for her character and finding the right zone to act when you are under physical stress and pressure.
Cuaron also talks about the importance of going for the complicated solution only if it makes sense for the story. The director, who is known and loved for his ambitious takes, emphasizes how important it is to serve the story and the actors. If Cuaron says that “it’s not fun” to go the easy way, he also acknowledges that it is a lot of work for everybody around him and that it only works when you are surrounded with the right people, concluding with “You’re only as good as your collaborators.“
There has been several articles in the last months mentioning the 17 minutes opening shot in Gravity, as well as the reported numerous long takes (which makes sense seeing the set
Watch Cuaron, Bullock and Heyman talking about making ‘Gravity’:
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