Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Architecture of: "2001: A Space Odyssey [1968]

2001: A Space Odyssey  [1968]
Director: Stanley Kubrick 
Special Photographic Effects Director:  Stanley Kubrick  
Special Photographic Effects Supervisor: Douglas Trumbull  
Special Photographic Effects Supervisor: Tom Howard
Special Photographic EffectsColin Cantwell 
Cinematography: Geoffrey Unsworth
Film Editor: Ray Lovejoy 
Production Design:  Ernest Archer, Harry Lange, Anthony Masters 
Art Direction: John Hoesli  
Costume and Wardrobe: Hardy Amies

Following and serving as the implied future of the opening scenes that culminated with a hominid's throwing into the sky of a bone that has been imbued with the function of a mortal weapon, now ages into the future, first the airship and then within it, a writing pen, (in a subtle reciprocal to the hominid's violent gesture), is let go by the relaxed arm of a sleeping scientist into gravity-defying floatation. 

To achieve the effect of zero gravity, the pen was adhered to a sheet of glass with double sided tape, and rotated in front of the camera until the flight attendant mimics "catching" it by gently pulling it off.

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