Producer David Heyman Talks GRAVITY, Developing the Technology to Make the Film, FABLES, PADDINGTON, THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS, and More

     October 4, 2013


I want to make this very clear: Alfonso Cuarón‘s Gravity is brilliant on every level.  While some movies can be enjoyed in the comfort of your home or watched on an iPad or phone, this is not one of them.  Cuarón has crafted a work of cinematic genius that borders on the unreal.  For ninety minutes you will be spellbound.  You’ll feel like you’re out in space with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.  You’ll feel the weightlessness.  You’ll feel their fear.  And as soon as it’s over, you’ll want to experience it again.  Trust me, as soon as you can, go to your local theater (hopefully they have IMAX 3D), and pay to see this movie.   You will not regret it.  For more on Gravity, read Matt’s review.

At the recent Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive video interview with producer David Heyman.  He talked about the challenges they faced getting the film made, developing the technology, the long takes, the pre-vis, how you should see Gravity in a theater, and more.  However, since Heyman is also producing a number of other projects, I also got updates on the Page Eight sequels, Fables, The Drowned World, Derek Cianfrance’s The Light Between Oceans, Paddington, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

gravity-poster-sandra-bullockDavid Heyman Time Index:

  • :10 – Talks about how it’s a film that demands to be seen in a movie theater.
  • 1:25 – The challenges they faced in getting the film made. Talks about developing the technology used to depict zero-G and the opening 13-minute- long take.
  • 2:24 – Discusses of the most important shots of the film and how difficult it was to pull off.
  • 3:42 – The film’s length.  Says the pre-vis was in the 90-minute range but expanded a bit during filming.  In post-production, Cuaron brought the runtime back down to around 90 minutes.
  • 4:47 – The success of We’re the Millers.  Says his involvement in the project was small.
  • 5:41 – Talks about the Page Eight sequels.  Part Two takes place in Turks and Caicos and Part Three takes place in London.  He thinks the first one will come out around Christmas.
  • 7:12 – Update on Fables.  Says he’ll get a first draft shortly.
  • 7:35 – The Drowned World.
  • 8:05 – Talks about Derek Cianfrance’s The Light Between Oceans.  Cianfrance is working on the script right now.
  • 9:17 – Having more time to focus on other projects now that Harry Potter has ended.
  • 10:08 – Teases Paddington.


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