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Title: Gravity

Writers: Alfonso Cuaron and Jonas Cuaron

Director: Alfonso Cuaron

Year: 2013

Actors: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney and Ed Harris (Voice of mission control)

Story: Gravity is a 2013 film about woman, Ryan Stone, who is a medical engineer on her first shuttle mission with Matt Kowalsky, a veteran astronaut in command of his last flight. On a routine spacewalk the shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky alone in space with no chance of rescue.

Plot: The film starts out with Ryan Stone and Matt Kowalsky in outer space during a spacewalk servicing the telescope. Ryan and Kowalsky are having idle conversation with each other and Kowalsky is having a conversation with mission control and his adventures during mardi gras. As the conversation continues mission control warns the team about missile strike on a satellite and the strike form a cloud of debris. Mission control orders them to abort the mission because the debris is coming there way and is moving quickly.

The high speed debris heads towards the space shuttle and strikes it hard causing Stone to detach from the shuttle, leaving her stumbling in space. Kowalsky uses a maneuvering unit to rescue Stone and as they return to the shuttle they discover that it is severely damaged and the crew is dead. They use the maneuvering unit to reach the space station and Kowalsky states that they only have 90 minutes before the debris completes an orbit and hits them again. As they approach the space station they noticed that the crew has evacuated in one of the two spacecrafts and the other one parachute deployed and has left the capsule useless. Soon to be out of air and maneuvering power they both try to grab the space station but Stone’s leg gets tangled and she grabs a strap on Kowalsky’s suit and the only way to keep Stone from drifting away with him is to detach himself. As he detaches himself he floats away into space while still communicating with her.

Stone enters the space space shuttle and tries establish communication with Kowalsky but does not get an answer. A fire breaks out and Stone rushes to the other space capsule but it is tangled so she spacewalks to release the cables just in time right before the debris destroys the space station. Stone aligns the capsule to a chinese space station she discovers that it has no fuel. Stone is in a place where she has given up and turns off the oxygen in the capsule to commit suicide, but as she began to lose consciousness Kowalsky appears in her conscious and tell her not to give up and what to do to get her to the chinese space station. She restores the oxygen and uses the landing jets to go towards the chinese space station.

Unable to maneuver the capsule, Stone ejects herself and uses a fire extinguisher as a thruster to travel the final way to the chinese space station. Stone enters the capsule and radios the she is heading back to earth. After re-entering the atmosphere Stone hears mission control but due to the high heat shield a fire starts inside the capsule. After entering through the atmosphere the capsule lands in a lake and Stone evacuates the craft immediately. Stone takes off her space suit and swims to the shore and takes her steps back on land.

The film was told in chronological order, the film was told from beginning to the end, real time order. It helped make the plot of the film become more life like and more intense. The chronological order helped build the character Stone up more as the film went on and made her more courageous. If the film followed a non linearly order then the film would absolutely not make any sense and it would have not been entertaining as it was.

Resources

IMDb. (2013). Gravity. Retrieved from http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1454468/

Warner Bros Pictures. (2013 September 4). Gravity-Official Main Trailer. [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiTiKOy59o4

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The film Gravity, stars Sandra Bullock as a medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with George Clooney as a veteran astronaut on his last mission. Ed Harris plays the voice of the mission control. Bullock, Clooney and Harris are very well-know actors in the film industry. Sandra Bullock is a personality actor, an actor whose own personality tends to define all the characters she portrays (Goodykoontz & Jacobs, 2014).Ed Harris is a star actor, a distinctive screen persona, who is well known and popular with the moviegoing public (Goodykoontz & Jacobs, 2014). George Clooney is a wild card actor, an actor who is difficult to classify as one certain type an actor who can play a wide variety of characters equally without being typecast (Goodykoontz & Jacobs, 2014).

I classifed Sandra Bullock as a personality actor because her characters in films that she stars in portray her as a witty, humorous, loving yet couragous. In the film Gravity, Sandra Bullock is the main star and throughout most of the movie she is alone playing out a character who is deserted in space and is unsure of what to do. I feel like this role was somewhat out of character for her because an audience is used to seeing her in an upbeat, high key lighting film and not a dark sided film. I classified George Clooney as a wild card because even he has played the same character in a film such as Ocean’s Eleven, he has proven himself to play a variety of roles. He has played humorous, comedic roles as well as serious roles. The role George played in Gravity was a supporting role that played a major part. The film portrayed him as being Sandra Bullocks guiding light. I classified Ed Harris as a star actor because he has a distinctive voice and even though he was not physically portrayed in the film his voice as mission control made him stand out.

Sandra Bullock has played in various films that made her who she is today, such as her reoccurring role in Miss Congeniality to her role in The Blind Side. Sandra Bullock has the girl next door quality, with a touch of the wild side. Even though I feel Sandra stepped outside the box with the film Gravity, is still feel she will always be placed in the personality category because her audience is used to seeing her in a heartwarming, humorous light and not a dark and lonely light. Sandra Bullock as an actor has various qualities and has shown that she can step outside the box but she does a better job sticking to her “regular” roles.

Resources

Goodykoontz, B., & Jacobs, C.P. (2014). Film: From watching to seeing (2nd ed.). San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.

Inside TV. (2011). Entertainment Weekly. [Picture]. Retrieved from http://www.ew.com/article/2011/03/23/ed-harris-john-mccain

Noveck, J. (2013, November 2). Gravity Review. Huffington Post. [Picture]. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/02/gravity-review-george-clooney-sandra-bullock-astronaut_n_4028850.html

Youtube. (2010, January 2). Miss Congeniality-Sexy Blue Dress. [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrPIukWpMZc

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The intensity of the lighting or lack there of in the film Gravity, was amazing, to depict the imagery of light in outer space had to be tedious trial and error. The lighting throughout of the film was breathtaking, to be in a space of darkness and the atmosphere is illuminated by planet earth shining ever so brightly. In this particular scene the main character (Sandra Bullock) is drifting away in outer space all alone. The scene is dark and tragic and the only light that is available are the lights on her helmet and the sun setting on earth’s horizon. The scene was marked by extreme use of deep shadows, with very high contrast between the brightest parts and the darkest parts, which is called low-key lighting (Goodykoontz & Jacobs, 2014).

The impact low-key lighting had on the film Gravity, was intense dramatization. The low-key lighting gave the audience a since of fear and vulnerability. The depicted deep shadows and the darkness of the sky in outer space, even the stars did not shine as bright as one would think. The only source that really somewhat gave light to the scene was the setting of the sun which showed a hue of auburn light on the main character. The benefits of the low-key lighting in the film was to show the calmness and the beautiful sight of outer space and to show the fear and anxiety and horror on the characters face.

The main theme of Gravity, was the rebirth of the main character (Sandra Bullock) getting her life back and starting on a fresh new chapter. Throughout the film it is dark and gloomy and the only light that is illuminated is coming the peaking sun and as the movie goes on towards the end everything begins to light up. The lighting suited the film very well because it was set in outer space so light is somewhat non existent so using low-key lighting transformed the movie to what it is. The film had to rely on the darkness and the shadows to portray space as it may be. If the choice was made to use high-key lighting it would change the whole dynamic of the movie it would no longer be in outer space.

Resources

Goodykoontz, B., & Jacobs, C. P. (2014). Film: From watching to seeing (2nd ed.). San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education Inc.

IMDb. (2013, October 4). Gravity. [Picture file]. Retrieved from http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1454468/mediaindex?ref_=tt_pv_mi_sm

Warner Bros. Pictures. (2013, July 24). Gravity-“Drifting”. [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZV-UEca2W9U