'2001: A Space Odyssey' in the (Actual) 21st Century: A Cinematic Odyssey

Geoffrey Unsworth, Stanley Kubrick on the 2001 set

2001: A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick

Douglas Trumbull"2001 in 2008: A Cinematic Odyssey” is the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' next event dedicated to Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. Special effects pioneer Douglas Trumbull (right) and actor Tom Hanks will discuss the making of 2001 at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

(Top photo: Cinematographer Geoffrey Unsworth and Stanley Kubrick on the 2001 set.)

Presented by the Academy's Science and Technology Council, “2001 in 2008: A Cinematic Odyssey” will, as per the Academy's press release, “feature never-before-seen images of and an onstage discussion about the technology used in the making of Academy Award-winning science fiction epic. The innovative special effects tools and techniques to be presented in the program include the Slit-Scan machine, the 'Sausage Factory' device, the Jupiter machine and the front projection process, all of which were used in the production of the film.” (Note: 2001 won only one Oscar, for best special effects.)

Trumbull, in his first job on a feature film, was one of four “photographic effects supervisors” on the 2001 set when filming began in December 1965 at MGM British Studios in Borehamwood. He recently helped David D. Larson, who has been researching a book on the film's history, to identify and contextualize 2001 items from the Kubrick Archive in London, among them original artwork, memos, call sheets, photographs, and other artifacts. Several of these discoveries will be included in the “2001 in 2008” program.

The presentation will also feature a display of “representative filming equipment,” in addition to actual items used in the film on loan from several private collections.

Stanley Kubrick on the 2001 setTickets to “2001 in 2008: A Cinematic Odyssey” are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Tickets are available for purchase by mail, at the Academy box office, or online at www.oscars.org. Doors open at 7 p.m. All seating is unreserved.

The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. For additional information, visit www.oscars.org or call (310) 247-3600.


Photos: Todd Wawrychuk / ©A.M.P.A.S. (Douglas Trumbull), Courtesy of the Margaret Herrick Library (all other photos)

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (A.M.P.A.S.) website.

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