Where was the movie “Gravity” filmed?
No, Outer Space is not the correct answer.
Almost all of it was filmed on stages at Shepperton Studios in England. But there was one particular scene (this is not a spoiler alert) that was shot on location. And just exactly where was that location?
The film’s credit roll lists a second unit shoot in Arizona. IMDB lists “Lake Powell, Arizona” as a location.
Can we narrow it down a bit more? I believe we can. Caveat: There’s a “trick question” aspect to the answer.
Lake Powell is in Utah.
So, where is “Lake Powell, Arizona”?
Below Lake Powell proper, at the Utah-Arizona state line, the Colorado River resumes for a couple of miles before the location of the Glen Canyon Dam. (Glen Canyon Dam was built 1956-66 to hold back the waters of the Colorado River – and to create Lake Powell.)
Water also backed up just above the dam in a side canyon, west of the river. This created a small body of water, separate from the rest of Lake Powell (which is farther up the river) known locally as Wahweap Bay. There’s a marina in the area. The satellite picture (at top) shows every bit of the lake and river which is in the state of Arizona.
Access in this area is limited by several factors, including terrain, lack of roads, the Navajo Nation Indian Reservation and the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. The National Park Service watches over much of the Wahweap region.
If you want to avoid all those factors (and the filmmakers apparently did, not having thanked any of those entities in the credit roll), your best bet would seem to be the west bank of the lake, between Wahweap and Page, where Lake Shore Drive runs. You have vehicle access there. Plus lake access. You also need some shallow water for the scenes we are talking about.
So my vote is for this scenic little bay shown here in the second photo (in the larger view, at top, this is roughly in the center left).
There is also some nice red clay in this area.
Interestingly, there are no reports of any sightings of either Sandra Bullock, or a film crew, in this area.
Bet nobody saw her in Lake Zurich, Ill., either.
October 4, 2013