While Alfonso Cuarón’s “Gravity” is undoubtedly one of this year’s best pictures, it also marks a technical achievement never before seen in film. Rising Sun Pictures (RSP), the visual effects company that produced some effects for the film, decided to breakdown one of the movie’s more spectacular sequences in a two minute video.
In the video, RSP presents a stereoscopic view of the fictional Tiangong space station entering the atmosphere and breaking apart, a scene in the latter part of the film. Tim Webber, who is the visual effects mastermind behind “Gravity,” and is nominated for an Oscar for his work on the film, devised the sequence that RSP produced. Co-founder Tony Clark called it one of the most intricate works his company has ever shot, specifically citing the forces and objects that come into play when shooting such a scene.
“The hardest thing to visualize is something that everyone knows to exist, but no one has actually seen,” Clark explains. “We all have an idea of what happens to a spacecraft as it enters the atmosphere, but no one has witnessed such an event from the outside at close proximity.”
Check out the video below: