Director Alfonso Cuarón‘s Gravity is a stunning visual achievement, with universal raves for the film’s cinematography – created by director of photography, Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki, ASC. Cuarón, and his team, fashioned a production pipeline perfectly suited to capture stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney’s intimate performances set against a narrative of survival in space. That pipeline began during the film’s principal photography and the development of special effects and lighting rigs which facilitated the film’s incredible simulation of zero-gravity then photographed against a more traditional “green-screen” approach.
Technicolor’s teams in Hollywood and London supported the London-based production and post-production of Gravity with a myriad of globally deployed solutions and talent – led by senior supervising digital colorist Steven J. Scott working closely with Lubezki from the company’s digital hub in Hollywood. The array of services performed by Technicolor for Gravity included: digital intermediate color-grading for both 2D and 3D presentations; VFX plate-photography grading; theatrical and broadcast trailers-marketing color-timing; and finally the film’s digital cinema DCP and home entertainment mastering. Technicolor’s Soho-based colorist Max Horton handled the mapping of 2D color grading onto the film’s 3D deliverables. Adam Mendez was responsible for the Foley piece.
Steve Scott’s working relationship with Cuarón and Lubezki dates back to the 2007 tour-de-force Children of Men. For that effort, Lubezki received the coveted American Society of Cinematographer’s award for Best Feature Cinematography. Stated Scott, “Chivo and Alfonso have a remarkable creative working relationship. These are two of the great artists of our time who’ve literally and figuratively grown up together. I’ve learned so much from observing their creative process, and it’s a privilege to be able to help them realize their ever-evolving vision. The end results are always a revelation.”
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