2001: A Space Odyssey

Listen to Original Rejected Score of 2001: A Space Odyssey

Take a listen at what could have been the score to Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey by Alex Smith before the director decided to go with a more classical score. In the early stages of production, Kubrick had commissioned noted Hollywood composer Alex North, who had written the score for Spartacus and also worked on Dr. Strangelove, to write the score Read MoreRead More

Science-fiction Cinema’s Richest Era Began with Two Films That Use the Future to Talk about the Present

Keith Phipps explores the rich age of science fiction cinema  which began in the late 60s and faded away by the mid 80s. Look up in the sky, and consider for a moment that everyone living today thinks about what’s up there much differently than people just a century ago. The years between have brought Read MoreRead More

Meet the Actors Inside Classic Full-Body Costumes

Their appearances in film are iconic and yet you never see their face. Here are the actors behind some classic costumed characters. Dan Richter, the Ape from 2001: Space Odyssey (1968, dir.: Stanley Kubrick) Richter was a poor, vagabond mime when Stanley Kubrick plucked him from obscurity to choreograph and star in the remarkable “Dawn Read MoreRead More

Visual Effects Legend Douglas Trumbell on working with Kubrick on 2001

Visual Effects guru and a man who has designed the template for Vfx in films, Doug Trumbull is a true genius. Known for his ground breaking work on Kubrick’s epic future forward film “2001,” Doug Trumbull is a fascinating man to listen to and certainly holds court when he speaks about his craft. The SOC Read MoreRead More

Give Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” Another Chance

In general conversation with people about films I find that most people (especially my generation and younger) don’t like Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. It maybe because it’s “too slow” or “doesn’t make any sense.” I confess to finding very much the same reaction when I first saw it as a kid. But it grew Read MoreRead More

Douglas Trumbull: A Visual Wizard looks Ahead

Douglas Trumbull is no stranger to special effects in big movies… And we’re talking big big movies: “2001 Space Odyssey” Big. With visual effects credits on 2001 (as mentioned), Blade Runner, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Tree of Life, Douglas Trumbull sees a bright but complex future for digital filmmakers.Read More

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