[VIDEO] Gravity Spin-Off Reveals Some Answers About The Film (SPOILERS)
Posted by Joseph Lee on 11.20.2013
A short film...
The Hollywood Reporter revealed that a new spin-off short film for Gravity reveals the other half of a conversation between Sandra Bullock's character Ryan Stone and the only voice she is able to reach with her radio. She was in a Russian space capsule at that point in the film. The male voice on the other side comes with a barking dog and a crying baby. The man is the subject of the short film by Jonas Cuaron, son of Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron. The two co-wrote the screenplay for Warner Bros. The film has already earned $500 million and is being considered for awards.
The short is called Aningaaq and was financed by Warner Home Video, how initially planned to add it as a bonus feature for the Blu-ray release. The short film has screened at Venice and Telluride Film Festivals and has also been submitted for Oscar consideration in the live-action short category. If selected, it could be the first time a feature film and a spinoff short film that came from the same material are nominated together in the same year.
The story follows an Inuit fisherman on a remote fjord in Greeland.
Jonas Cuaron said: "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."
Both Cuarons spent time in Greenland (and Alfonso almost set a film there). During a visit, Alfonso met a drunken native who became the basis for the title character played by Greenland's Orto Ignatiussen. It wasn't until Jonas saw an attachment to their sled dogs that he included them in the plot. It was shot "guerrilla stlye" on a budget of about $100,000. Most went to the crew (ten people)'s travel costs. It was done in time to mix it with the final sound mix for Gravity.
This results in a conversation between Aningaaq and Ryan, who is 200 miles above him. Jonas said he was careful to "make it a piece that could stand on its own." If both get Oscar nominations, it would also be the first time a father and son were nominated in the same year.
Bullock (who is an Academy member) said at a Los Angeles press conference that the short was an "absolutely beautiful piece of loneliness. … I get goose bumps thinking about it."