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Deconstructing Gravity

Deconstructing Gravity

Hosted by Academy governor Bill Kroyer

Special guests: Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Tim Webber, Oscar-winning film editor Mark Sanger, animation supervisor Max Solomon, and astronaut Cady Coleman, who advised Sandra Bullock as she prepared for her role in the film.

"Before you know it, you find yourself in the middle of the ocean. You don't know how far away you are from land and the only choice you have is to keep on moving."

 – director Alfonso Cuarón on the challenges of shooting “Gravity”

The Academy takes an immersive look at the breakthrough production methods that went into crafting the Oscar-winning film Gravity, in a special evening that features an onstage discussion with members of the film’s creative teams.

It took over 4 ½ years for director Alfonso Cuarón and his Gravity team to overcome the many difficulties of realistically simulating the weightlessness of outer space. Along the way, they created cutting-edge technologies that revolutionized the world of visual effects.

Gravity tells the story of Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock), an engineer on her first space mission who finds herself alone and struggling to survive after satellite debris strands her miles above the Earth. The film’s emotional story, innovative technological achievements and powerful work both in front of and behind the camera resonated with the public and Academy voters, resulting in 10 Academy Award nominations and seven wins. This year’s Oscar winner for Cinematography, Directing, Film Editing, Original Score, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects, Gravity is certain to remain a benchmark for future filmmakers.

The evening will include film sequences and “making of” clips that illustrate presentations and panel discussions on Gravity’s creative challenges and production processes. Topics will include extended shot lengths, massive rendering tasks, and the extensive and unusually precise application of previsualization needed to address the complexities of integrating live action and CG.


Event Information

Monday, May 12 at 8:00 p.m.
DGA Theater
7920 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, California

$5 general admission
$3 Academy members and students with a valid ID.

This event is SOLD OUT. However, a limited amount of free tickets are available to view a live feed in DGA Theater Two.

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Standby numbers will be given out outside the entry door beginning at 6:00 p.m. Tickets typically become available shortly before the start of the event.

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