We haven't heard much about Alfonso Cuarón's new 3D film Gravity since Robert Downey Jr. signed on to star in the film back in March and now some new details have come forth. The Playlist discovered that the website for the U.K.-based special effects company Framestore is seeking new employees to work on the film, in an ad which revealed that over 60% of the film will be done in CGI and that the opening shot will be over 20 minutes long. Here's the text from their website.
The entire film will be made here at Framestore. In effect the film, as Avatar was, is 60% CG feature animation with the balance being hybrid CG and live action elements.
Starring Robert Downey Jr., the film is a contemporary survival thriller that follows a woman as she attempts to make her way back to earth after a satellite crash sets off a chain reaction of further crashes. Because it's set in space, most shots require every element to float in zero-gravity.
But then factor in that this is a stylish Cuarón flick, directed with his trademark languid feel, and you begin to realise the full scale of our challenge. Cuarón's long and fluid style (the opening shot alone is slated to last at least 20 minutes) leaves no cut points to hide behind. In short, this is a hybrid of a fully animated, photo-real feature film with a blockbusting visual effects movie.
Fortunately, having worked with Alfonso before on Harry Potter and Children of Men, we know one another extremely well. Now we are looking for the best talent in the world to help us realise this massive and beautiful film. Over the next few weeks we are interviewing and looking at reels of those in-house who want to join in as well as making trips to the US, Canada and Australia.
This is CG feature animation meets real world on a large and beautiful scale."
We'll be sure to keep you posted on any further news on Gravity as soon as we have more information.