Acclaimed visual auteur Guillermo Del Toro recently sat down with MTV cameras to have a chat about a number of topics, and during the discussion talk turned to Children of Men director Alfonso Cuaron’s upcoming astronaut thriller Gravity. Whatever Cuaron is doing while filming this one seems to be the talk of the town, as he couldn’t help but gush at how blown away both he and big-time director and technophile James Cameron are with the technical aspects of Cuaron’s production.
Keeping up with the stuttered sentence structure and charming accent is a little rough when trying for a transcript, but I think I’ve pulled most of the money quotes out of the interview. Del Toro starts by saying, “I think what is incredible about what they did is, they talked to David Fincher, they talked to Jim Cameron… I connected Jim and Alfonso for that… And what Alfonso is trying, is so insane. And Jim said, ‘Well look, what you’re trying is about five years into the future.’ When James said that it’s too early to try anything that crazy… they did it.”
So apparently there’s some sort of future tech going on with this movie, but what exactly is Cuaron doing that is so groundbreaking? Del Toro wouldn’t reveal the details, and only said, “I think he would kill me if I reveal, and in time it will be so publicized, but I think that in the way that he pushed the narrative on Children of Men… now in the lexicon of filmmaking some people say, ‘let’s do a Children of Men’ and you know what they’re talking about. Alfonso and Emmanuel Lubezki are absolutely pushing a new boundary in filmmaking: completely mind-blowing. And the way they’re making that movie I think will forever change certain types of productions. The engineering and the ingenuity of the machines they’ve created to film that way is fantastic.”
I count myself as one of the people that was amazed and delighted by the CG assisted long takes in Children of Men, so this vague but exciting praise has me excited to see what Cuaron could come up with when taking that approach to the next level. And if I wasn’t pumped up by this glowing endorsement from Del Toro enough already, he ends the talk by calling Cuaron’s current approach to shooting films “Kubrickian in precision.” Alright Guillermo, that’s enough, you got me.
Gravity has now shot to the very top of my must watch list; even though Cuaron couldn’t get any actresses other than Sandra Bullock to be in it.