If you thought going to the moon was complicated, try shooting a sci-fi set in the depths of outer space.
Director Alfonso Cuarón spent nearly five years trying to perfect the look of zero gravity for the thriller Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney (out Oct. 4).
“We wanted to shoot the whole film showing zero gravity with the actors moving in a choreographic way,” say Cuarón, perhaps best known for directing 2004’s Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. “This has never been done before. It was a journey of learning. But it looks pretty darn good.”
Gravity, which Cuarón wrote with his son Jonás, opens the prestigious Venice Film Festival on Aug. 28 in Italy, and Cuarón will show off footage at the July 18-21 Comic-Con in San Diego.
The film follows Ryan Stone (Bullock), a medical engineer on her first space shuttle mission, alongside veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (Clooney). Their routine mission goes very, very wrong when the shuttle is destroyed, leaving them tethered together and spiraling in space.