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2001 A Space Odyssey behind-the-scenes

badsimmonds

Alphans
I don't know if anyone is interested but I came across some photos taken during the production of 2001. I found them by chance, they are not that exciting but anything from that films production is fascinating.
The first one shows William Sylvester with Wally Veevers the fx guy on the set of the Aries 1B.
The second one is the Moonbus on set.
The third is of course the full size AE35 unit antenna.
And last is one of the set ups for creating the planets.
 

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A world away......

....and half a century. Behind the scenes film crew wearing suits on set, props at full size because they simply had to be - all the more fascinating because things really have changed forever. Thanks very much for posting the photographs, badsimmonds.

Patrick
 

Mark42

Chief Eagle Pilot
Nice pictures, but to me the Moonbus one looks like somesort of modern day re-creation for a book, or publicity leaflet, celebrating the history of '2001', I do not believe that it is from the 1960s.... unless someone can confirm that it is.
 

badsimmonds

Alphans
Here are some more behind the scenes if any one is interested.
The one that blows my mind is the guys working on the 50 foot Discovery model, boy that's big.
 

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badsimmonds

Alphans
Here's another photo I came across showing Doug Trumbull working on the Moonbus.
 

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badsimmonds

Alphans
Yet more behind the scenes.
 

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saurus

Chief Eagle Pilot
Love the pictures! 2001 was the film that inspired me to get into FX. Great stuff!
On a related track - just seen 'Gravity'. A new benchmark in the depiction of realistic Space travel and hardware to aspire to. Truly Awesome! It's British too [shot at Shepperton Studios - where incidently 2001's reveal of the Monolith on the Moon was filmed. Truly, full circle] You will be Blown Away!
All the Best, Bill.
 

astrocat

Alphans
Nice pictures, but to me the Moonbus one looks like somesort of modern day re-creation for a book, or publicity leaflet, celebrating the history of '2001', I do not believe that it is from the 1960s.... unless someone can confirm that it is.

Dave, I'll agree it isn't how we're used to seeing the Moonbus, but it IS the original miniature being filmed... one of several shots taken at the time.

Keith
 

StrakersWig

Alphans
Re: the discovery set pic 9, strange, I never realised there was a full size partial exterior of the command sphere for the full size pod, I assumed it was miniatures.
 

badsimmonds

Alphans
I'm assuming the full size exterior section was used for a number of sequences especially when Bowman is manually opening the airlock for his confrontation with HAL. To think that all these props and sets were junked afterwards, attitudes were different in those days and of course Kubrick didn't want anything to appear in other productions.
 

ldo

Alphans
That giant spinning set cost a six-figure sum to build, and it was torn down and junked after filming was completed.

There is an interview somewher where Gary Lockwood recounts how much fun it was to be strapped into his seat, upside-down, at the top of the wheel, trying to pretend to eat his breakfast, while the whole thing slowly spun as Keir Dullea jogged his way around from the opposite side.
 
The centrifuge set is still to me one of the finest spacecraft interior sets ever filmed. Modern yet practical, the way the camera moves through it, the efficient use of space- it has everything.
 

_OM_

Alphans
Re: the discovery set pic 9, strange, I never realised there was a full size partial exterior of the command sphere for the full size pod, I assumed it was miniatures.

...According to Fred Ordway - who I met back on 2002 when he showed up locally at a model rocketry convention - one of the shots Kubrick had originally planned for Bowman's aiirlock scenes called for a side view that, while probably less than 24-30 frames max, would have shown Bowman blowing out through the two hatchways and the pod going back away from Discovery. However, after setting up the shot and then looking at it from a photographer's view - Kubrick's style of choice, which explains a lot about the look of his films - he decided it just "didn't work". Still, the airlock and about 10 feet of exterior radius were built full-sized to match the full-sized pod, and IIRC Doug Trumbull once noted that the cost of the full-sized set was about 1/4th the cost of doing the "manual crank-n-wind" scenes in miniature.

...Meeting Fred was one of the major events in my life in the real world of post-2001. Thanks to "Stumpy" and my fake leg, I can more easily kick myself in the butt on a daily basis for having shook his hand, spoke with him for a good bit about his 2001 work - and a book he co-authored on SF miniatures that I bought - and despite being relaxed and not all "fanboy-wowed" out of my gourd, I somehow managed to leave the experience without having gotten him to sign a copy of that book!!!!:O:oops::-/:no::thumbdown::x:cry::rant:

:OM:
 
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