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How George Clooney wrote a pivotal scene in Gravity--Spoilers

Post by silly girl on Tue 08 Oct 2013, 14:47

Spoilers attached...but it is quite impressive:




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How George Clooney Wound Up Writing 'Gravity''s Most Controversial (and Brilliant) Scene


WARNING: The following post contains major spoilers for Gravity.

Unless you're an astronaut or a scientist out to pick apart all the little truths Gravity may or may not have stretched in order to create a captivating work of fiction, there aren't many controversial moments to be found in the film. However there is one particular scene that stands out as what we'll call "the borderline scene" -- and what that means is this scene pulls you completely out of the film before dropping you back in way deeper than you were before. The scene in question is the one where George Clooney's Matt Kowalski character magically reappears beside Sandra Bullock's Ryan Stone character toward the end of the film and the two have a conversation about her daughter.

Had George Clooney's character actually been there in the flesh, it would've severely hurt the film. It's one of those scenes where you watch it for the first time and you cringe all the way through it, praying he's a figment of her imagination. Please don't actually be there Cloons! (Yeah we call him Cloons in my house, so whatever.) After it's revealed that he is indeed a figment of her imagination, the scene still lingers in your mind because his imaginary presence also gives her a key piece of information that helps her continue to survive. At first you're all like, "Okay, I guess that's convenient. Don't we all wish we had Ghost George Clooney to help us out of a jam!"

What's interesting about this scene -- and we'll discuss just how brilliant it is in a minute -- is that Clooney wrote it all himself. In an interview with director Alfonso Cuarón, he admits as much while discussing the scene.

"We were struggling with rewrites, we’d stripped everything, a lot of the dialogue; we knew that anything that was going to be said, it was going to have a lot of weight," Cuarón said. "There was one scene we were doing over and over and over, and George overheard that we were dealing with that. And then one night I receive an e-mail from him, saying, I heard you were struggling with this. I took a shot with the scene, Read it. Throw it out. And we ended up using it. This was exactly what we needed."

When pressed to reveal the scene, Cuarón added, "I probably shouldn’t, but it was when [Bullock’s character] was ready to go back [to Earth, near the end of the film]. When she has this dream and starts talking to Kowalski about her daughter. And that’s something that George wrote. You have an amazing partner when you work with him."

It's a pretty risky scene -- one that, on paper, wreaks of the studio forcing Clooney into more of the movie -- but once you begin studying it a little, you come to understand why it makes perfect sense. Here's Ryan Stone and she's on the verge of freezing to death. Her oxygen is running out and she's come to terms with the fact that these are the last minutes of her life. She begins conversing with a guy and his dog over the radio, and then Kowalski pops up out of nowhere. They chat about her deceased daughter, and then he hands her a critical piece of information about how to get out of there. Then -- poof! -- he's gone.

What actually begins to play itself out in this scene is a near-death experience for Stone (some are even suggesting this was, in fact, her death scene, and everything that came after involved some sort of "journey to her soul"). Naturally the last things on her mind involve human connection and her daughter, but something inside her keeps willing the newbie astronaut to survive. The key piece of information she receives from Kowalski was there all along, but her mind manifests this information inside the form of Kowalski because he's the last person she had contact with -- and because he also serves as a mentor to her.

This is a scene that changes the entire movie -- that borderline scene. It's not only teetering between brilliance and corniness, but it's also trapped somewhere between life and death, buried deep inside Ryan Stone's subconscious. It's ultimately up to you to decide whether or not it's her subconscious we're on a journey with following this scene, but I like to think it was that special something that punctured through her hallucinations and forced her to keep going. To keep surviving.

That's the message I personally want to take away from Gravity. That, when in doubt, the human spirit will prevail.

It will guide us home.

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Re: How George Clooney wrote a pivotal scene in Gravity--Spoilers

Post by it's me on Tue 08 Oct 2013, 14:58

bravo!!!!
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Post by Doug Ross on Tue 08 Oct 2013, 16:12

That is one of my favourite scene in the movie.

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Post by Joanna on Tue 08 Oct 2013, 19:01

Good find SG.....I don't mind the spoiler as I like to
know some things in advance in case I miss the point while watching the film !

I wonder if the ending of Solaris gave George some inspiration in writing that scene ?
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Post by jluna2011 on Tue 08 Oct 2013, 20:09

It was my favorite scene! But I honestly thought he'd come back. "It's a long story." He said.
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Post by it's me on Tue 08 Oct 2013, 20:16

it's a long story


I agree
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Post by Mazy on Wed 09 Oct 2013, 00:00

Very talented man our George. The whole group was great and seemed to have worked well together. No matter what needs to be done, with George the project comes first. Whatever it takes to make that succeed he's there.
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Post by What Would He Say on Wed 09 Oct 2013, 00:08

That's the message I personally want to take away from Gravity. That, when in doubt, the human spirit will prevail.

It will guide us home.


Can't wait.......x
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Post by it's me on Wed 09 Oct 2013, 00:19

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Post by LornaDoone on Wed 09 Oct 2013, 03:09

Double post folks this was already posted by theminis in the Gravity thread yesterday.
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How George Clooney helped out with the toughest scene : Alfonso Cuarón on Gravity

Post by Katiedot on Wed 18 Dec 2013, 03:48

This is the scene where
Spoiler:
George had to deny he'd written himself back into the film.
for his own benefit. I think we've seen this before already but I can't find it:

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The Toughest Scene I Wrote: Alfonso Cuarón on Gravity

By Kyle Buchanan

Over the next few weeks, Vulture will speak to the screenwriters behind 2013's most acclaimed movies about the scenes they found most difficult to crack. What pivotal sequences underwent the biggest transformations on their way from script to screen? Today, Alfonso Cuarón and his co-writer son Jonás explain the moment in Gravity that required some last-minute help from their star George Clooney. The scene is then excerpted below.
Alfonso Cuarón: Dramatically, the moment in Gravity that was hardest to nail down is when Ryan is in the Soyuz capsule and she realizes that she's out of fuel. That's when the character's arc gets defined. At the end of that scene, she completely loses any hope and faith, and she shuts off the oxygen, leading to the hallucination in which George's character Matt comes back and she gets the will to live again. It was a hard chunk of the screenplay to write, because so much needed to be conveyed and you only have one character. The challenge was to reconcile this sudden will for life with the backstory we developed about Ryan's dead daughter.
Jonás Cuarón: For a few drafts, we really struggled with how to represent it.

Alfonso Cuarón: There are three beats that are part of this arc. Early on, we nailed the conversation with the Inuit fisherman, and Jonás went to Greenland to shoot that same scene from the point of view of the Inuit. The next part, which came more or less organically, was the dream that Matt comes back. But the moment after that, where she turns the oxygen back on, that's the one that troubled us the most. George is being humble, because he really helped us figure out this scene. He saw that we were struggling, and he sent me an e-mail: "Here are some ideas. Take whatever you want, and throw away the rest." He'd written a draft of the scene, and that opened the door to what we ended up writing. He completely unclogged us.

Jonás Cuarón: Particularly with that scene, both of the actors were fundamental collaborators. We had plotted the harmonies that we wanted for this film, but it wasn't until we started collaborating with them that we were able to draft the melody.

Alfonso Cuarón: I have to say, this is the one scene where I'm most proud of Sandra. It's a lengthy single shot, and the camera must stay on her, but she's conveying the whole arc and all of these emotions.

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Re: How George Clooney wrote a pivotal scene in Gravity--Spoilers

Post by melbert on Wed 18 Dec 2013, 03:55

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parts are on this thread, but I found some others scattered.
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Post by Nicky80 on Wed 18 Dec 2013, 18:06

I think this can be merged with this one?


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Post by Katiedot on Thu 19 Dec 2013, 03:14

THANK you!
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