One of the goals of technology is to make life easier, but after watching this very awesome and highly technical video showcasing how the View-D conversion system was used to create some of the astounding visual effects in Gravity, we have to wonder if making a movie was a whole lot easier when you had flat sets, matte paintings and practical FX.
There’s no denying that technology has made it easier to create unforgettable images – and every shot in Cuaron’s film is made even more stunning when you realize what sort of effort went into crafting it. That’s the point this clip drives home – even if it is essentially an ad for the View-D system. Watching the work that goes into creating the bouncing helmet floating around Sandra Bullock is really something if you’re into the technical elements of modern filmmaking. This sort of thing makes Photoshopping out strings used to maneuver a real helmet seem as antiquated as sci-fi movies with pie-tin UFOs.
Check out the video below, but first here’s an official breakdown of what you can expect – because it’s way more technical than I could ever explain.
“In this Artist Breakdown we analyse a scene from Gravity starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Prime Focus World’s Richard Baker (Creative Director, View-D™) and Matthew Bristowe (SVP, Production) take you on a step by step journey through the stereo conversion of the shot, describing how PFW’s View-D conversion process allows for the full integration of the VFX and conversion processes.”
[via First Showing]
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