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Alfonso Cuaron’s GRAVITY to open with a 17-minute opening shot

Drew Tinnin

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April 11th, 2012

It seems like we've been waiting so long for Alfonso Cuaron's GRAVITY, starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, that the mainstream has probably forgotten about it if they were ever aware of it in the first place. It's not that GRAVITY has been kept a secret intentionally, but because the majority of the film is animated there just isn't a lot of finished footage.

Chris DeFaria, a VFX supervisor and producer for Warner Brothers, spoke at the 5D | FLUX conference at USC recently and confirmed that the first shot in Cuaron's sci-fi epic will be 17-minutes long, eclipsing the technical achievements in his previous directorial effort, CHILDREN OF MEN, in the first sequence. That's thinking bold.

Read what else DeFaria said about the project after the jump.

George Clooney and Sandra Bullock find themselves marooned in space in GRAVITY, surrounded by an entirely immersive, 3-D animated version of space that has never been seen on screen before. VFX supervisor DeFaria explained just how complicated the film is to complete:

“Instead of trying to create real people and what they’re doing, let’s turn it around and create almost an entirely animated film and then backwards engineer the people into that film. As a matter of fact, let’s not even engineer the people into the film, let’s engineer their faces. So you’ve got these little faces inside these little helmets. But there was a big hiccup that we came to I didn’t realize until later, which was that we began building it as an animated film and Alfonso had an idea that he wanted the shots to be incredibly long, and I said, ‘How long?’ And he said he wanted the first shot to be really long. And I said, ‘You mean, 40 seconds?’ ‘No, 17 minutes.’ So it ends up the film only has 156 shots in the entire two-hour movie, many of them six, eight, 10 minutes long."

The 5d | FLUX conference was way back in mid-March so it's a little strange that this bit of news is surfacing today, but any information about Cuaron's new effort is welcome. GRAVITY doesn't come out until November 21st, so there's plenty of time for Warner  Brothers to raise awareness and get the mainstream as excited about GRAVITY as Cuaron's fans already are.

 

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