Watch: Fantastic Video Essay on 'Alfonso Cuarón's Cinematic Canvas'
"There's no sound in space... But there's music in movies." Now playing in theaters is Gravity, the latest movie from Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón (interviewed here), known for his beautiful long-takes and visually intimate storytelling. In honor of Gravity's release, our friend Nelson Carvajal has put together a new "video essay" looking at Cuarón's cinematic canvas, and the various techniques he uses to make his films stand out. There's footage from A Little Princess, Y Tu Mamá También, Prisoner of Azkaban and of course Children of Men, his last film before Gravity, plus voiceover from Cuarón discussing his style. Enjoy!
Watch the video essay titled "Alfonso Cuarón's Cinematic Canvas" by Nelson Carvajal for Press Play:
Full video on Vimeo. The video essay comes directly from Press Play where they also include an editorial written about Alfonso Cuaron's 2004 movie Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and why it might be his best work. Here's a quote from that piece: "For my own part, I saw The Prisoner of Azkaban three times in the theater. And whenever anyone asked me what I thought of it, I said, 'It's great. It's this generation's Time Bandits." Nelson Carvajal is an independent digital filmmaker, writer and content creator based out of Chicago. His digital shorts (like this one on Oscar winners past) usually contain appropriated content and have screened at such venues as the London Underground Film Festival. For more, follow Nelson on twitter.