By Shakala Alvaranga 3-1-14
Special effects veteran Neil Corbould has been working in film for over thirty years. A glance at the 1978 Superman set was all it took for Corbould to realize he wanted to work in the movie industry. Since then, he has worked on several successful films including Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down, and Gladiator. One of his most rewarding ones, though, may be a film he’s been working on for the past two and half years: Gravity.
It is no surprise that the visual effects department of Gravity played a crucial role in the creation of the 2014 Best Picture nominee. After several trials and tests, Corbould and his team dissected frame by frame how he would make the film. Director Alfonso Cuaron challenged himself and his team to make the imaginable a reality. “It was quite hard because he is a very passionate director and he’s a perfectionist as well,” Corbould says. “He won’t take no for an answer.”
Gravity’s visual effects department had to find a balance between computer generated effects and what they wanted to be real. “A lot of it was CG, but having that practical element and being able to spin their bodies to make it look like they were spinning through space really added to the feel of the movie and made it a realistic,” Corbould says. “If they had on CG faces, I don’t think it would have had the same impact.