Alfonso Cuarón Comments on the Sound Design of GRAVITY

     October 7, 2013


In space, no one can hear you scream, but director Alfonso Cuarón explains how they brought sound to the void in this Gravity featurette on sound design.  While audiences clearly enjoyed the visual spectacle of Emmanuel Lubezki’s cinematogrpahy, the audio component goes a long way toward completing the experience.  Cuarón and his re-recording mixer Skip Lievsay talk about the use of sound in Gravity to both orient and disorient viewers and to transfer emotions from the actors to the audience, and how Dolby Atmos made that possible.

Hit the jump to watch the featurette and click here to read Matt’s review of the film.  Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, is now playing in theaters.

Watch Cuarón talk about the sound design of Gravity below in this featurette from Soundworks Collection (via The Playlist):

Here’s the official synopsis for Gravity:

GRAVITY, directed by Oscar® nominee Alfonso Cuaron, stars Oscar® winners Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in a heart-pounding thriller that pulls you into the infinite and unforgiving realm of deep space. Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (Clooney). But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky 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.


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