The first thing that struck this Renegade Reported upon reading the recap of Alfonso Cauron’s Gravity presentation at Hall H over the weekend? The director doesn’t like the teaser trailer for his new film starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock.
So, what’s wrong with it? Too much action, too much noise when everyone knows there’s no sound in space, the director said. Still, he went on to acknowledge that marketing is a necessary evil, and can understand why the trailer was made the way it was. Just don’t expect the film to be fill of explosions.
He then went on to show some footage to give the folks in Hall H a truer representation of what to expect with Gravity. With one of his signature long takes, which showed Sandra Bullock and George Clooney beginning to realize that their space walk is going to end badly and ending with the final shots of the teaser above, Cauron effectively portrayed the real purpose of the film, a powerfully emotional journey meant to make viewers feel as though they’re floating in space. From all accounts, he was successful in his efforts with the footage.
Cauron was joined onstage in Hall H by producer David Heyman and actress Sandra Bullock (it was the latter’s first time at SDCC). When talking about long takes like the one he just showed, Cauron said that long takes are no problem at all for him to shoot. They’re just difficult for everyone else on set to endure. As far as filming goes, most of Sandra’s floating through space was accomplished by strapping her to a 9′ x 9′ rotating cube with cameras zooming in and out around her. Also, since most of her onscreen time was spent inside a space suit, Cauron made custom CDs of sound and music to set the mood for her in specific scenes.
Gravity hits theaters October 4th, 2013.