ARRI Media supports Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, AMC, with ALEXA cameras for stunning space thriller

GRAVITY is a heart-pounding thriller that pulls you into the infinite and unforgiving realm of deep space.

Sandra Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (George Clooney). But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalski completely alone — tethered to nothing but each other and spiralling out into the blackness.

Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, AMC, utilized ALEXA cameras capturing ARRIRAW and ARRI/ZEISS Master Primes for space thriller GRAVITY

Directed by Alfonso Cuarón, GRAVITY was lit and shot by long-time collaborator Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, AMC, utilizing an ALEXA camera package supplied by ARRI Media. Lubezki chose to record ARRIRAW and combine the cameras with ARRI/ZEISS Master Prime lenses. Additional cinematography was carried out by Michael Seresin, BSC, who stepped in as director of photography when Lubezki had to leave the shoot early for personal reasons.

With amazing camerawork and stunning visuals, GRAVITY opens with a continuous 17-minute shot where the camera maneuvers around the characters in space as if it, too, is weightless. Cuarón’s signature technique of the long take continues throughout. The 90-minute picture — unusually short in today’s world — is cited as having just 156 shots in total, with several that are six, eight and ten minutes long.

The visual effects were handled by visual effects supervisor Tim Webber. Together the trio of Cuarón, Lubezki and Webber, who also worked together on CHILDREN OF MEN (2007), have broken creative and technological barriers to deliver a highly emotional story.

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Photos: GRAVITY © 2013 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.