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11.20.2013

Minor Spoilers for those that haven't seen GRAVITY.

The elusive short, ANINGAAQ, which is tied to Alfonso Cuaron's GRAVITY has made its way online and serves as a unique companion piece to the film, highlighting the opposite side of the conversation that Sandra Bullock's character has while on a Russian spacecraft. As Bullock's Dr. Ryan Stone falls into her darkest hour and all hope seems lost, she finds peace while talking to a stranger on the radio.

"It's this moment where the audience and the character get this hope that Ryan is finally going to be OK. Then you realize that everything gets lost in translation," says Jonas Cuaron, who directed the piece (and co-wrote GRAVITY with his father).

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From THR:

The short was filmed "guerrilla style" on location on a budget of about $100,000 -- most of which went toward the 10-person crew's travel costs -- and Cuaron completed it in time to meld the dialogue into Gravity's final sound mix. The result is a seamless conversation between Aningaaq and Ryan, stranded 200 miles above him, the twin stories of isolated human survival providing thematic cohesion. Still, Jonas says he was careful "to make it a piece that could stand on its own."

I don't know if ANINGAAQ is Oscar worthy, but I think it's a compelling and insightful addition to GRAVITY and provides another layer to the overall story. It's not like GRAVITY needs more of an emotional impact as it's already a masterful piece of cinema, but when it comes to peripheral add-ons to a film, ANINGAAQ is a really cool one.

GRAVITY is currently in theaters.

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8:31PM on 11/20/2013
I love that Cuaron included a shout-out to his son's short film in Gravity. It kind of reminds me of the universe-building in the Marvel movies, but on a more intimate scale.
I love that Cuaron included a shout-out to his son's short film in Gravity. It kind of reminds me of the universe-building in the Marvel movies, but on a more intimate scale.
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5:49PM on 11/20/2013

LOL

"guerrilla style" on location on a budget of about $100,000. How are six figures, travel expenses & an exotic location guerrilla style?
"guerrilla style" on location on a budget of about $100,000. How are six figures, travel expenses & an exotic location guerrilla style?
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4:58PM on 11/20/2013
This was one of the most curiously beautiful parts of the movie. I think everybody was wondering where this signal was getting picked up. Its a brilliant idea to show the other side and give us some insight into who this mystery character was.
This was one of the most curiously beautiful parts of the movie. I think everybody was wondering where this signal was getting picked up. Its a brilliant idea to show the other side and give us some insight into who this mystery character was.
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3:25PM on 11/20/2013

OK, sure

Thanks for sharing the link.
The video itself is kinda stupid, though. It's one of those "I'm so profound with my thematic prowess" bits that has nothing really to say.
Thanks for sharing the link.
The video itself is kinda stupid, though. It's one of those "I'm so profound with my thematic prowess" bits that has nothing really to say.
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2:00PM on 11/20/2013
While I liked Gravity very much, I didn't like this short very much at all. The exposition is too long (do we really need a minute+ of panning past a spinning hand wheel?) the cinematography is bland and the editing is boring. Maybe I'm being too hard on it, but I expected better.
While I liked Gravity very much, I didn't like this short very much at all. The exposition is too long (do we really need a minute+ of panning past a spinning hand wheel?) the cinematography is bland and the editing is boring. Maybe I'm being too hard on it, but I expected better.
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10:27AM on 11/21/2013
FYI: [link]narrative)
FYI: [link]narrative)
2:00PM on 11/20/2013
What about the singing?
What about the singing?
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1:59PM on 11/20/2013
I love that scene in the original so much. It's such a beautiful moment.
I love that scene in the original so much. It's such a beautiful moment.
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1:43PM on 11/20/2013
I finally saw the movie yesterday and thought it was incredible. To find out there was a tie-In to one of the most poignant scenes in the film is truly a welcoming surprise. Brilliant.
I finally saw the movie yesterday and thought it was incredible. To find out there was a tie-In to one of the most poignant scenes in the film is truly a welcoming surprise. Brilliant.
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