Must Watch: Jonas Cuaron's Superb Short Film That Ties into 'Gravity'
For anyone who doesn't want to know anything about Alfonso Cuaron's incredible film Gravity, then don't read any further, because there will be some spoilers from here on out. You've been warned. In the sci-fi film, Sandra Bullock's character Ryan Stone ends up by herself inside a Russian space capsule, on the verge of giving up. While at her lowest point, she tries to use the vessel's radio, and ends up communicating with a foreign guy who has a dog and a baby with him. Well, Jonas Cuaron, son of the filmmaker, co-wrote the feature screenplay and directed this companion film called Aningaaq that follows the man on the other end of the radio, an Inuit fisherman stationed on a remote fjord in Greenland. Watch!
Here is Jonas Cuaron's short film Aningaaq in full, made available online by THR:
Aningaaq was originally just supposed to be a special feature, but has become more. It has been making the rounds at film festivals in Venice and Telluride, and now Warner Bros. has submitted it for Oscar consideration in the live-action short category. It would be cool if both the feature film and short were nominated for Academy Awards, and it would mark the first time in history that a feature film and a short film spin-off connected to that feature were nominated together in the same year. So how did this happen?
Well, the character in the short was inspired by the time the Cuarons spent in Greenland, where they met a drunken native who would become the basis for the title character, played by the country's native Orto Ignatiussen. The dog wasn't even part of the original script for the short until Jonas was figuring out production, and was inspired by the attachment all the locals seemed to have to their sled dogs. As for the short itself, THR says it was filmed guerilla style and only cost about $100,000 to shoot on location, mostly paying for the 10-person crew to travel. The short was finished just in time to make the final sound mix on Gravity. This is one of the coolest short films, and its connection to Gravity only makes it better. Cool?