Comic-Con: Alfonso Cuaron, Sandra Bullock Define 'Gravity'

Gravity Trailer Screengrab - H 2013
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The director and actress reveal breathless footage of the sci-fi film at the Saturday panel.

Director Alfonso Cuaron almost apologized for Gravity's teaser trailer during Saturday's Comic-Con panel. 

The filmmaker, admired for his sci-fi film Children of Men, explained the fiery explosions and quick cuts in that clip. "They put in explosions [in the trailer]. As we know, there is no sound in space. In the film, we don’t do that," he said.

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He then showed off an extended scene in which George Clooney and Sandra Bullock are making repairs to a space station when word arrives that space debris is headed toward them. Before they can get to cover, all hell breaks loose. The Hall H crowd watched with rapt attention. 

Bullock then stepped out, making her first ever Comic-Con appearance, to a roaring crowd. The actress, along with Cuaron and producer David Heyman, talked about making the movie, which could be headed towards awards contention.

The filmmaking required Bullock to be insulated in a nine-by-nine foot cube that was suspended in the air, surrounded by LED lights and robots holding cameras. In between takes, the actress tried to remain “in the zone” by listening to specific music.

Bullock, who trained for six months before filming as well as during production, said she wanted an androgynous look for her character to show her emotional state.

Despite the amazing cinematic virtuosity on display in the footage shown, Cuaron said the focus was not on the technology but on the performance. “No matter the spectacle, it’s the emotional core,” Cuaron assured the audience.

Watch the trailer for Gravity: