Gravity: The Sound Of Gravity


Here’s another brilliant technical insight from the folks at Soundworks, this time on the sound design for director Alfonso Cuaron’s latest sensational Earth orbit set film, Gravity. Although the director wanted to reflect realities of a space set environment, there is still sound, other than stars George Clooney and Sandra Bullock’s voices. The Foley artists used transducer contact mics, recording  the vibration of contact rather than audio, which is how the astronauts would pick up muffled sound. The sound also follows the tumbling characters and space debris as they move around the screen, creating a further, disorienting immersive experience. Here’s the film synopsis before the video:

Dr. Ryan Stone (Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (Clooney) in command. But on a seemingly routine mission, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalski completely alone—tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth…and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left.

But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.
“Gravity” was written by Alfonso Cuarón & Jonás Cuarón, and produced by Alfonso Cuarón and David Heyman (the “Harry Potter” films). Chris deFaria, Nikki Penny and Stephen Jones served as executive producers.

The behind-the-scenes team includes multiple Oscar®-nominated director of photography Emmanuel Lubezki (“Children of Men,” “The New World”); production designer Andy Nicholson (art director “Alice in Wonderland”); editors Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger (VFX editor “Children of Men”); and costume designer Jany Temime (the “Harry Potter” films). The visual effects were handled by Oscar®-nominated visual effects supervisor Tim Webber (“The Dark Knight”). The music was composed by Steven Price (“Attack the Block”).


Originally posted 2013-10-20 16:21:12. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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