Watch This Mind-Blowing Featurette That Reveals How ‘Gravity’ Was Made

By December 26, 2013


When the world looks back on the cinematic landscape of 2013, one film will likely shine brighter than the rest: Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity. The movie blew everyone away (myself included) and redefined what is possible in the world of visual effects. I was at the press conference when the film was released and listened to Alfonso, his son and co-writer Jonas, and Sandra Bullock talk about the movie, and from those conversations, I thought I had a pretty good idea of how it was made. But after seeing this brand new featurette (via Slashfilm) that shows the behind the scenes making of the film, it turns out I had no idea how they really created this visual marvel.

I had heard about the light box before, and I knew some of Bullock’s scenes were filmed underwater, but I couldn’t fathom the level of detail that went into creating the rigs, timing the camera movements, and programming the lights in that box – not to mention the insane process of putting all of those elements together into the finished film we saw on the big screen. Watch it for yourself below, and prepare to be amazed at the wonder of modern filmmaking.

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