'Gravity' takes Alfonso Cuaron and crew on a tricky joy ride - latimes.com
The solution they settled on was to put the actors into contraptions that would spin them around just enough to make it look like they are floating while the cameras and lights did the majority of the visual work. To do so, Webber invented "The Lightbox" after Lubezki, who for the first time pre-lighted an entire film inside a computer, was inspired by the lighting design at a Peter Gabriel concert at the Hollywood Bowl.
In a studio outside London, Webber and his staff created a roughly 20-foot-tall, 10-foot-wide cube filled with LED lights in segmented panels that act as projection screens lining the walls, ceiling and floor. Each actor in turn stood in a "tilt-a-rig" — something akin to a cherry picker bucket that could tilt Bullock and Clooney forward and backward and spin them in various ways to create the illusion of tumbling head over heels, adrift in the stars. The camera, mounted on a giant robotic arm, was capable of swooping in and out, shooting from above and below, all adding to the effect of untethered movement.
"We could project an image of the Earth onto the screens spinning around Sandra," added Webber. "That way, we could have lights, and bounce lights off the space ship and all around her and it was very easy to tweak on set."
The Spectacular ‘Mr. Nobody’ Is Finally Coming to a Theater Near You
Looks like something I will wax on and on about...Four years ago, a little-known bizzaro drama named Mr. Nobody premiered at the Venice Film Festival. The film starred Jared Leto, Diane Kruger, Rhys Ifans, and Sarah Polley, and despite that list of talent, the film has taken four years to hit stateside. The movie opened successfully in Belgium, for instance, three years ago. Whatever the reason is for the delay, it’s a shame because Mr. Nobody, by far and away, is the best film of 2013.
I say 2013 because the damn thing is finally coming out this year. Magnolia has set a VOD and iTunes release for September 26th and a limited theatrical run to kick off on November 1st. I would say see this movie as soon as you can, but it’s a gorgeous film that should be experienced in a theater.
If you were underwhelmed by the dramatic simplicity and sentimentality of Cloud Atlas, this is probably the movie you were hoping for. Mr. Nobody is about the choices you make in life, and how the big and little ones can affect the way things turn out. In the film you see different versions of how Mr. Nobody’s (Jared Leto) life would’ve turned out had he made certain choices, and while it can be overwhelming (and funny, entertaining, and moving), it’s more challenging than frustrating. - See more at: The Spectacular ‘Mr. Nobody’ Is Finally Coming to a Theater Near You
- See more at: The Spectacular ‘Mr. Nobody’ Is Finally Coming to a Theater Near You
I don't think I'm going to wait until 11/1 for that.
Venice Review: Alfonso Cuaron's 'Gravity' Starring Sandra Bullock & George Clooney | The Playlist
“Gravity” is about as visceral an experience as you can have in a cinema, it’s a technical marvel, and it’s a blockbuster with heart and soul in spades. It’s about the best opening to a film festival that you could ask for. [A]