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Steadicam “Impossible Shots” Demo Video

  Via The Hollywood Reporter, here is the first public look at a demo reel entitled 30 Impossible Shots, created by the inventor of the Steadicam, Garrett Brown. Garrett, who had been making films and shorts for Sesame Street back in 1974, created the Steadycam for use then, but soon realised it had potentially wider, […]

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Christopher Nolan Explains The Structure And Story Of Memento

This piece contains spoilers Christopher Nolan has said himself that the simplest explanation of Memento for audiences is that it is a noire-esque tale, told by its protagonist in reverse. Although he prefers a different structural concept. “If you draw out the time-line, it is indeed a hairpin. If you order the material chronologically, the […]

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Douglas Trumbull – an appreciation

Doug…my mind is going…I can feel it… Don’t worry, this isn’t an Obituary, just a tribute to Douglas Trumbull, and a snap shot of his career and influence. 2001: A Space Odyssey may be over 40 years old but its special effects laid the groundwork for the computerised methods of today. Trumbull started off on […]

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2001 A Space Odyssey Stars in Screening Q & A

In a few short weeks, as part of the BFI’s sci-fi Days of Fear And Wonder season, a brand new  remastered print of Stanley Kubrick’s sublime epic, 2001 A Space Odyssey will begin an extended run. The film will also be shown nationwide by BFI Audience Network participating cinemas. Meanwhile in Toronto, the Stanley Kubrick […]

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Bowie 2001 A Space Oddity

  British music artist Fritz Von Runte has crafted a symbiotic fusion of of eerie David Bowie remixes with the timeless visual poetry of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. The result is a hypnotic, surreal mixpiece experience: Bowie 2001 A Space Oddity. Von Runte has raided Bowie’s classic back catalogue, remixing tracks such as […]

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100 Behind The Scenes shots from 2001 A Space Odyssey

In case you hadn’t noticed, I’m a big fan of Stanley Kubrick, and consider his film 2001 A Space Odyssey, one of the greatest films ever made. Yesterday marked the anniversary of the film’s 1968 premiere. To celebrate, our good friend Larry Wright, aka @refocused media, posted a tonne of behind the scenes shots on […]

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Paths Of Glory: Kubrick’s “Monument To Barbarism”

Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel At 84 minutes, Paths Of Glory (1957) is Stanley Kubrick’s most taut, focused and economic narrative. Yet it says more about the pity and cruel absurdity of war than a dozen dusty academic tomes on WWI could ever achieve. But it is no sledgehammer diatribe – “For all its horror, […]

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Vintage article By Douglas Trumbull on creating Special Effects for 2001 A Space Odyssey

Below is a vintage article from American Cinematographer by Douglas Trumbull on creating the visual effects for 2001 A Space odyssey.   Do it right – then do it better – then do it all over again. “2001: A Space Odyssey” was an extremely complex and difficult film to make, and naturally there are many interesting […]

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Alex North’s Unused Music Score For 2001 A Space Odyssey

Cinematic history would perhaps have been very different had Stanley Kubrick gone ahead with his original composer Alex North’s score for 2001 A Space Odyssey. Would iconic scenes from his film, such as the shuttle delicately dancing around the spinning wheeled space station to sounds of The Blue Danube, be as memorable when scored to Space Station […]

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Interview: Chela Cannon, 2001 A Space Odyssey’s Receptionist To The Stars

Below is a great interview with Chela Cannon , the receptionist on the space station that Dr Floyd docks with in 2001: A Space odyssey, reproduced from 2001 Italia Blogspot.  See here also for early alien concepts that never made it into the film. The piece is translated from Italian “You remind me of a young Leslie Caron”: […]

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