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Guillermo del Toro has his mind blown by what Alfonso Cuaron is doing with Gravity

08.16.2011
Alfonso Cuaron's much-anticipated sci-fi feature GRAVITY has had a lot publicized about its initial development (mostly its casting), but in the months since filming has begun, we've only heard scattered talk about the truly ambitious nature of the making of the project.

But today, filmmaker and Cuaron chum Guillermo del Toro was given a chance to talk (courtesy of MTV) about this friend's project and how GRAVITY seems to be treading new and incredible ground in terms of filmmaking itself:

"What is incredible about what they did is, they talked to David Fincher, they talked to Jim Cameron, I connected Jim and Alfonso for that. And what Alfonso is trying is so insane. And Jim said, well, look, you're about five years into the future... it's too early to try anything that crazy. And they did it!

I think [Alfonso] would kill me if I reveal [what they're doing], and in time it will be so publicized. But I think that in the same way that he pushed the narrative in Children of Men... Alfonso and Emmanuel Lubezki are absolutely pushing a new boundary in filmmaking, completely mind-blowing. The way they're making this film will I think forever change certain types of productions. The engineering and the ingenuity of the machines they’ve created to film that way is fantastic. I'm amazed at Alfonso in the last few movies because he's completely transformed himself.

It's incredibly well calculated and very human. Incredibly human. But Kubrikian in precision."


GRAVITY - starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney - was recently given the prime and very awards-friendly release date of November 21, 2012 (a sign that Warner Bros. is confident in the film's Oscar chances?). The story follows a lone survivor of a space mission to repair the Hubble telescope and her desperate attempt to return home to her child.
Extra Tidbit: My head's probably going to literally explode when I finally see GRAVITY, as I'm still so f*cking floored by some of the stuff done in Cuaron's CHILDREN OF MEN.
Source: MTV

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10:43PM on 08/16/2011
Based on the plot summary at the bottom of the article alone, I don't think it's fair to categorize this movie as sci-fi just because it takes place in space. There doesn't seem to be anything particularly science fiction about it. It sounds more like a drama. It would be like calling Robinhood Prince of Thieves a fantasy film because Morgan Freeman's character invents the telescope. By that logic, I agree Moon could also forgo the sci-fi label, because hyper-atmospheric habitation and cloning
Based on the plot summary at the bottom of the article alone, I don't think it's fair to categorize this movie as sci-fi just because it takes place in space. There doesn't seem to be anything particularly science fiction about it. It sounds more like a drama. It would be like calling Robinhood Prince of Thieves a fantasy film because Morgan Freeman's character invents the telescope. By that logic, I agree Moon could also forgo the sci-fi label, because hyper-atmospheric habitation and cloning are both existing technologies. And in case anybody doesn't understand me, I am very interested in Gravity. All I'm saying is labeling it as sci-fi is unnecessary and misleading (at this point).
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5:51PM on 08/16/2011
The following is what I think Mr. Cuarón is doing:
Simply put; they sent all of their camera and sound equipment into space attached to some type of unmanned spacecraft.
From Earth they are able to navigate and operate everything and thus the footage that's set in space will actually be filmed in space.
In addition, possibly, they also may combine the space footage with the actors' mo-capped performances, Avatar-style with Cameron-esque wizardry.
Having said all of that, who the fuck am I?
The following is what I think Mr. Cuarón is doing:
Simply put; they sent all of their camera and sound equipment into space attached to some type of unmanned spacecraft.
From Earth they are able to navigate and operate everything and thus the footage that's set in space will actually be filmed in space.
In addition, possibly, they also may combine the space footage with the actors' mo-capped performances, Avatar-style with Cameron-esque wizardry.
Having said all of that, who the fuck am I?
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5:01PM on 08/16/2011

Children of men...

is such a classic film. It really should be looked as one too. I am so stoked for this. IDK I am getting an inception feeling with this, and thats good.
is such a classic film. It really should be looked as one too. I am so stoked for this. IDK I am getting an inception feeling with this, and thats good.
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10:49AM on 08/16/2011
BAH! Not that I'm saying the film is bad or anything, I'm just sick of stunts like this by directors who use the opinions of their famous directors friends to somehow "prove" to us that a film will be great. Remember when Spielberg's mind was "blown" by The Phantom Menace?
BAH! Not that I'm saying the film is bad or anything, I'm just sick of stunts like this by directors who use the opinions of their famous directors friends to somehow "prove" to us that a film will be great. Remember when Spielberg's mind was "blown" by The Phantom Menace?
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1:52PM on 08/16/2011
from a tech aspect phantom menace was mind blowing for the time...everything else sucked about it except the tech.
from a tech aspect phantom menace was mind blowing for the time...everything else sucked about it except the tech.
6:41PM on 08/16/2011
Good point, though after 2 hours of Jar-Jar, I wanted to blow Goerge's mind.
Good point, though after 2 hours of Jar-Jar, I wanted to blow Goerge's mind.
6:59PM on 08/16/2011
yeah I agree with sulaco too. But Jar-Jar that thing was so damn annoying. He wasn't funny, he was just annoying as shit. I wanted to slit his throat and mine with it.
yeah I agree with sulaco too. But Jar-Jar that thing was so damn annoying. He wasn't funny, he was just annoying as shit. I wanted to slit his throat and mine with it.
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9:55AM on 08/16/2011
Cuaron's my fave. I don't care if Bullock's in it. If Cuaron thinks she's good for it she may very well impress the hell out of us.
Cuaron's my fave. I don't care if Bullock's in it. If Cuaron thinks she's good for it she may very well impress the hell out of us.
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8:11AM on 08/16/2011
He sure sets the bar awefully high for his friend in that brief article. I guess it all depends on one's perception of cinematic "revolutions".
He sure sets the bar awefully high for his friend in that brief article. I guess it all depends on one's perception of cinematic "revolutions".
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7:06AM on 08/16/2011
It's criminal how badly Universal marketed Children of Men. Seriously, they killed that film in the US. It's a modern masterpiece.
It's criminal how badly Universal marketed Children of Men. Seriously, they killed that film in the US. It's a modern masterpiece.
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7:04AM on 08/16/2011
Sounds interesting!! @tidbit: Children of Men is an amazing film, one of those movies, I don't tire of watching.
Sounds interesting!! @tidbit: Children of Men is an amazing film, one of those movies, I don't tire of watching.
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7:01AM on 08/16/2011

Oh yeah

and Sandra Bullock, don't fuck this up.
and Sandra Bullock, don't fuck this up.
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7:00AM on 08/16/2011
I'm pumped for this, but I'm still bummed Robert Downey Jr. had to drop out. A small role would have been a nice change of pace from being the star of a blockbuster movie.
I'm pumped for this, but I'm still bummed Robert Downey Jr. had to drop out. A small role would have been a nice change of pace from being the star of a blockbuster movie.
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7:05AM on 08/16/2011
That's probably the reason he dropped out...
That's probably the reason he dropped out...
7:29AM on 08/16/2011
I like Robert Downey Jr but I like George Clooney even more.
I like Robert Downey Jr but I like George Clooney even more.
1:49PM on 08/16/2011
I agree GioFace. I would have rather had Downey Jr. in the role or for him to reteam with Clive Owen again.
I agree GioFace. I would have rather had Downey Jr. in the role or for him to reteam with Clive Owen again.
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