EF-5: Gravity

Spacetime governs the motion of physical objects in EF-5: Gravity. A fundamental force of nature, Gravity accounts for the existence of the universe as we know it. At a macroscopic level, this natural force keeps our planets in orbit around the sun; our moon in orbit around the Earth - every planetary body is surrounded by this attractive force. EF-5: Gravity, demonstrates the power of this natural phenomenon, intimating the attractive pull on all objects.
On one hand, this story presents the sheer material and physical force of Gravity. On the other, we explore the gravitational pull of two bodies towards each other, and their brutal crash, like an encounter that makes its mark and leaves us scarred.

Inspiration

Presenting objects that are at the same time both geometric and organic, it was important to craft the surface material with delicate and exquisite characteristics. Referencing textures such as marble and crystalline structures, the surface, texture and weight of the objects conveys the other-worldliness of this scene.
Marble rock, typically composed of interlocking mosaics of carbonate crystals
Quasicrystals originating in outer space are ordered, but their arrangement lacks translational symmetry

The "lack of gravity is this strange moment in which we reveal more about the two objects."

Visual artist, Sergio Calderón, co-director of Gravity, with FIELD

Orbital space debris - a growing concern for NASA

Technical Approach

The scenes in Gravity were developed with experiments in floating 3D objects - effectively trying to create a zero-gravity environment. As the objects 'float' through space, our objective was to make a realistic collision simulation, providing a believable basis for anything surreal that is happening on the surface. Particle shattering replicates the weightlessness of an outer-space environment as demonstrated through their acceleration and direction.
Experiments with 3D object collisions
3D technical modelling
Final visual style