Watch: Jonas Cuaron's 7-Minute 'Gravity' Spin-Off Short 'Aningaaq' In Full

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by Kevin Jagernauth
November 20, 2013 12:20 PM
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While we're still baffled as to why Warner Bros. didn't use this as a post-credits treat for the theatrical run of "Gravity" (though they could try and snag audiences a second time by adding it to the movie in an awards season, second run push) this will more than do. "Gravity" co-writer Jonas Cuaron's seven-minute spin-off short film "Aningaaq"has now arrived online in full for you to see.

Premiering rather quietly this summer at the Venice Film Festival (where, oddly enough (again), it didn't even feature alongside "Gravity"), the short film centers on the Inuit ice-fisherman in Greenland (played by Orto Ignatiussen) that Sandra Bullock's imperilled astronaut Ryan Stone makes radio contact with briefly while floating in outer space, trying to make her way back home. Cuaron tells THR this short was assembled "guerilla style," shot for $100,000 on location in Greenland (most which covered transportation for the crew), and was finished concurrently with the full length "Gravity."  

And while we await your verdict in the comments section, Bullock was rather moved by the finished product. “It's so beautiful, and I get goosebumps thinking about it,” the actress said at the Los Angeles press conference for "Gravity" last month. But enough chatter, check it out for yourself below.

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11 Comments

  • LOUIS © | November 24, 2013 9:40 PMReply

    I have to say the short film was good up until the part where the Eskimo picks up the CB radio (clearly identifiable as one), and noticed there was no antenna cable plugged to the back of the transceiver. That killed the realistic feel of the film.

    I also didn't know that China uses citizens band transceivers in their space capsules. I would be more inclined to think they would use VHF or UHF Ham Radio comms as a primitive method of communications if their Satcoms failed. Ham Radio (gear) is the only reliable source of communications when all else fails. It's been used in the Space Shuttle and the ISS.

    Okay so one would say, why be so critical, it was only a short movie? Okay, but the with the details placed on Gravity, I would think that Jonás would have had a specialist in the field of radio comms tell him what equipment to use in this short film or at least, "plug the antenna cable to the back of the unit." $100,000.00 Hey, I just gave you a hint on what to fix. ©

  • MICHAEL | November 22, 2013 11:13 PMReply

    I don't know what all the fuss is about - the short is pretty ordinary no wonder they kept it out of the film. The producers should be ashamed of themselves spending 100,000 on this!

  • Aaa | November 20, 2013 6:43 PMReply

    Ok

  • Spicy Magazine | November 20, 2013 6:25 PMReply

    $100,000 to shoot a 5 minute scene in 1 spot? Somebody is walking around with $99,000 in their pocket.

  • Jeroen | November 20, 2013 5:48 PMReply

    Gravity started out great, but I really hated the ending. They'd better cut off thoste last 10 minutes and put this in there instead.

  • hank | November 20, 2013 5:11 PMReply

    "A 7 minute film, shot 'guerilla' style, for only $100,000"

  • Relax | November 20, 2013 1:15 PMReply

    Don't be "baffled", kevin Jagernauth; the reason this is not being tacked-on at the end of the film is the same as why only a very special and unique director could make Gravity in the first place: those who made great films have the grace, subtlety, and elegance to know how to dose things, and how to leave just enough out. The short film is absolutely superb, but obviously doesn't belong at the end of Gravity. A hard lesson for some, especially in one country we know, is that "more is not better"... Think about it... And think about it again, since it's going to take you more than one try...

  • Glass | November 20, 2013 4:37 PM

    For real, not every studio movie is goddamn Thor.

  • Ana | November 20, 2013 12:55 PMReply

    In Gravity, that scene where Ryan makes contact with Aningaaq destroyed me, and I think everyone else in the audience. I could here the sniffing and sobbing everywhere around me. Watching the short, it made me feel that all over again, but yuxtaposing the two moments and finishing them with the sound of the dog being shot as the satelite debris are rushing down towards Earth, with, no question, Dr. Stone amongst it is just lyrical.

  • Jane | November 29, 2013 6:27 AM

    Loved that scene and seeing this from the other side made it all come back to me. Going in to see it one more time now. And I don't even like sci-fi or space shows!

  • droop | November 20, 2013 3:27 PM

    It destroyed me too. I was cringing and wanted to hide because of how awful that scene was.

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