Director Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity is up for ten Oscar statues at this weekend’s 86th Academy Awards ceremony, and is tied with American Hustle for the evening’s most nominations. The 2013 hit debuted on home video this week, and gives a terrifyingly realistic vision of two astronauts adrift in the vastness of space.
Those powerful images saw the film receive a Best Visual Effects nomination, and the studio responsible for them was Framestore, Europe’s largest visual effects house. Among those artists who helped craft Gravity were three Full Sail graduates – 2011 Hall of Fame inductee Laurie Brugger (Computer Animation, 2000) as Senior Rigger, Chris Lawrence (Computer Animation, 2003) as CG Supervisor, and Nick Thompson (Digital Arts and Design, 2002) as Stereoscopic VFX Coordinator.
We were pleased to welcome Laurieback to campus last week for our Fifth Annual Hall of Fame to discuss the team’s contributions to the film, offering a fascinating look into the digital manipulation that turns raw footage and effects into a seamless visual narrative. If you didn’t get to see her panel, Framestore has released this behind the scenes video that shines a light on that startling transformation.