“At a post-premiere Q&A moderated by Leonard Maltin, the director and his co-writer son Jonas Cuaron talked about the difficulty of getting performances out of a actors who spent most of the shooting schedule harnessed and suspended inside a 9’-by-9’ cube filled with LED screens and cameras. ‘This film was a big act of miscalculation. That’s why it took four-and-a-half years to make,’ said the elder Cuaron… ‘When I finish a screenplay, the first thing I do is send it to Chivo, which is what we call Emmanuel Lubezki, the cinematographer. I said, ‘Chivo, this is a small movie, with two characters — we’re done in a year.’ For the next four and a half years, he kept reminding me of that… The problem was, it very soon became clear that the technology to do the film didn’t exist. So we had to invent new technology.'”
“It may sound hyperbolic, but Gravity is truly one of the most visually magnificent films that I have ever seen. It creates a sense of genuine majesty and wonder about space and space travel that has long been absent from the big screen. Indeed, I imagine that the experience of watching it is akin only to the experience that I’ve often heard described of seeing2001: A Space Odyssey and Star Wars during their initial runs.”
“While some cinematographers have voiced trepidation over the role of their craft in the context of such heavily digitized techniques — most recently, Christopher Doyle spoke out against “Life of Pi” winning an Oscar for Best Cinematography — “Gravity” director of photography Emmanuel Lubezki clearly relishes the opportunity to play with new tools. Reflecting the same weightless of its subjects, the camera possesses the free-roaming quality of space itself.”
At the Telluride screening of John Curran’s Tracks, audience members got to see a short film by Jonás Cuarón, shot as a companion piece to Gravity. “Of course, people seeing ‘Tracks’ here who haven’t seen ‘Gravity’ probably aren’t all that aware of what’s going on, but the short works on its own terms as a bit of a curiosity.” Tapley’s piece, linked above, includes a bit of a spoiler, but here’s a fun bit of trivia: “In Greenlandic mythology, Aningaaq is the name of the moon.” This excites me in significant ways.