Working as a CG Supervisor for production of visual effects for Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity.
Gravity, the sci-fi adventure film from Warner Bros and director Alfonso Cuaron, is one of the most highly-anticipated releases of 2013. Academy Award-winners Sandra Bullock and George Clooney play astronauts who become stranded above Earth during a visit to a Chinese space station. A tense tale of survival, the film is also a visual tour de force. Writing in the Hollywood Reporter, Scott Feinberg called Gravity “one of the most visually magnificent films that I have ever seen.”
Rising Sun Pictures’ role in Gravity centered on a sequence late in the film when the mammoth Tiangong space station reenters Earth’s atmosphere and plunges toward the ground. This was done with close co-operation with Alfonso Cuarón.
Design and execution of the sequence took more than a year. Framestore initially provided RSP with the digital model of the exterior of the Tiangong space station that it created for the film. RSP artists matched the textures of the Framestore asset using its own rendering tools while adding many new details, visible only in its shots. The complexity of the space station led to extremely long render times—two and a half days per shot on average—and pushed the limits of the operating system due to the thousands of textures that had to be managed.
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