ACE Editor Mark Sanger’s work on the 2013 thriller Gravity helped the film win seven Academy Awards at the 86th ceremony, including Best Film Editing and Best Visual Effects. To create the immersive sensory experience critics raved about, Director Alfonso Cuarón took the unusual approach of giving his editing team a lead role in the pre-production process. Sanger began work with Cuarón and a team of visual effects editors to create storyboards using Media Composer, and iterated the visuals until each scene came into clear view.
Typically the production process has a finite timeline, but for this epic story, the team did not have a definite end date. The entire process of creating Gravity, from pre-production to post-production, was three years. At NAB 2014, I sat down with Mark to learn more about how it all came together. Watch now in this episode of The Rough Cut.