Gravity is a film of galactic achievement in every sense. Glowing reviews for the film followed premieres at the Venice, Toronto and London film festivals and to date it has taken $500 million at the box office worldwide. A shower of awards is expected for the two leading actors and its Mexican director, Alfonso Cuaron, but the main talking point for audiences across the globe is the stunning visual effects (VFX) that have created a backdrop so immersive critics are praising it for breaking new cinematic ground.
Behind the scenes Gravity was an almost entirely British production; the film was shot at Pinewood and Shepperton Studios, with VFX by Oscar winning company Framestore, and post-production at Warner Bros’ De Lane Lea studio in London. British composer Steven Price produced the soundtrack and Chris Parks of London-based Vision3 was stereo supervisor.
In a recent article in London’s Evening Standard Warner Bros UK boss Josh Berger paid tribute to the British talent that helped create it the film; ‘Gravity is an amazing drama, and Alfonso Cuarón has made an extraordinary film. The techniques in Gravity are groundbreaking and were created by world-renowned craftspeople many of whom are based here in the UK.’
‘In recent years Britain’s visual effects industry has taken giant leaps and strides — the work of the top houses compares with anyone in the world,’ said the film’s British producer, David Heyman, in The Sunday Times. The article notes Framestore and other similar companies such as Cinesite and Double Negative have turned London's Soho into a global VFX hub.
ScreenDaily spoke to Gravity’s stereo supervisor, Chris Parks of Vision3, about the 3D demands of the production; ‘The guys at Framestore built me a virtual 3D rig that could do things that are impossible in real life. It gave me two cameras that could overlap completely or go out to 10 billion miles, when we were trying to create separation in the stars.’ The hard work paid off with a whopping 89% of audiences opting to watch the film in 3D.