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With three out of the last four Oscars for cinematography going to hybrid movies, is it any wonder that Emmanuel ("Chivo") Lubezki is the frontrunner for "Gravity"? Especially after Lubezki and his collaborators devised a brilliant new lighting system for simulating the physics of space in the game-changing and emotionally-gripping blockbuster. But for Lubezki, his introduction to virtual cinematography for Alfonso Cuaron's existential space thriller was essential, given the demands of the zero-g recreation and the need for Framestore to animate nearly everything in CG. "The most challenging part for me was the integration between the virtual cinematography and the live-action [using the Alexa]," the cinematographer recalls. "And so the first thing we did was to storyboard, then do a previs of the entire movie, and then to add all of these layers into the previs. That was out of necessity as a working methodology and to light all of the animation. »

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