Gravity

The most often-cited shot was the one during which Grace Kelly extends her hand into the audience as she reaches for a pair of scissors as she is being attacked. But it was also the way that the director used space to tell the storytaken from a stage play that occurs mostly in a one-bedroom apartmentthat adds to the suspense. How to Train Your Dragon(2010) DreamWorks Animation maintains a high standard for 3D and multiple DWA titles would be appropriate for a list such as this. But its Oscar-nominated How To Train Your Dragon is still considered to be the studios masterpiece in 3D circles. Among the favorite scenes is the one during which Hiccup and Toothless meet for the first time. Depth is used to increase feelings of vulnerability, fear, and conflicted emotions. PHOTOS: Where No One Can Hear You Scream: 18 Big-Screen Space Disasters Hugo(2011) Martin ScorsesesHugo helped to convince many that 3D can be used to tell a dramatic story and it was not just for action films. Among the signature 3D shots in one in which Sacha Baron Cohen’s station inspectorleans over Hugo in a threatening wayand he comes out of the screen and into the audience, invading our personal space and added to the discomfort. The Great Gatsby(2013) Baz Luhrmann’s bravura adaptation of this classic American novel contained layer upon layer of weather, landscape, people and party atmosphere to create a captivating world for his doomed romantic hero. But Luhrmann also explored new territory as he choreographed his actors and used meticulously planned close-ups to bring added emotion and drama to the performances. The Hobbit(2012) While reviews were mixed, Peter Jackson’s experimental use of high frame rates (at 48 frames per second) to make this film trilogy demonstrated how motion blur issues associated with stereoscopic camera movement could be eliminated. The entertainment technology community is continuing to explore how varying frame rates can impact storytellingand James Cameron has this in his plans for his Avatar sequels. PHOTOS: 25 of Fall’s Most Anticipated Movies: ‘Ender’s Game,’ ‘Catching Fire,’ ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ and More Life of Pi(2012) Ang Lee took a deliberately conservative approach, telling this story with little coming in front of the screen.

‘Gravity’: Five Things All Movies Can Learn From The Record-Breaking Hit

Sandra Bullock in "Gravity"

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Whenever a film like “Gravity” breaks through and hits with both critics and audiences, it’s worth taking a step back to see what we can learn from it. There’s never been a movie quite like “Gravity,” so as studios poke and prod the box office success of Cuaron’s masterpiece, these are the lessons they should be taking away. Trust The Talent The average moviegoer isn’t going to be able to tell you who Alfonso Cuaron is or that he made arguable the best “Harry Potter” movie and one of the best movies period from the previous decade, “Children of Men.” For studio execs, it’s their job to know that sort of thing and use that information to make business decisions. While investing in Cuaron was by no means as simple as good business sense he hasn’t made a commercial hit outside of “Potter” it was a move by Warner Bros. to trust that quality filmmaking can perform just like something with brand recognition, and in the case of “Gravity,” be more memorable for it. It Doesn’t Take $250 Million Part of the trade-off of funding a movie based on an original concept from an acclaimed director with largely untested box-office drawing power is that the budget doesn’t balloon as high as it does for something like “The Lone Ranger.” “Gravity” cost $100 million to make, and the money was spent in the right places. Cuaron cast two of today’s biggest stars and essentially everything else went into state-of-the-art technology. And all the effects were essential to the story and innovative enough to make audiences feel like hadn’t seen anything like it before. It Doesn’t Take Two And A Half Hours Here is probably the easiest lesson for other studio films to learn from. A movie can seem even more impressive if it tells a compelling story within the span of 90 minutes. The non-stop tension of “Gravity” combined with its tight running time affected the overall experience of watching the film because the immediacy of the danger wouldn’t have felt as real if you were checking your watch at the two-hour mark, trying to figure out when this thing would end. Making a film that is as big as “Gravity” in only 90 minutes shows that Cuaron wanted this story which in essence is pretty simple to be stripped down only to the essential elements. People Will Come… Marketing departments for film studios have been programmed to believe certain things about their intended targets. Often TV ads are edited in a way to make the film appear to be something it’s not.