Douglas Trumbull’s ’2001: A Space Odyssey’ Documentary Looks Awesome

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Visual effects mastermind Douglas Trumbull (Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Blade Runner) has compiled over nine years of research with co-director David Larson to bring you Beyond the Infinite: The Making of a Masterpiece. The unprecedented documentary will explore the making of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey straight from the man behind the visual effects.

While the main focus of this documentary is the fascinating creation of one of cinema’s most enigmatic and beautiful films, Trumbull’s storytelling strategy will garner the most attention. By utilizing green screen technology, Trumbull will walk through old set photos and behind-the-scenes video as if actually there. If that sounds impossible, you can see snippets of the revolutionary tactic in the trailer below.

The famous sets from 2001: A Space Odyssey deserve this kind of groundbreaking look. In 1968, the film was not only mesmerizing as a story, but ultimately paved the way for future innovation in visual and practical effects. It’s hard to envision the imagination we see today without road-paving films like 2001: A Space Odyssey. For example, Christopher Nolan has frequently referred to 2001 as the main influence for his rotating hallway in Inception.

The official synopsis for Trumbull and Larson’s documentary explains their purpose for exposing Kubrick’s vision.

“A documentary that really tells the story of the making of 2001, not just the technical story but the human story, the personal story, the experiences of people who interacted with Kubrick that is really true to the style and look of 2001: A Space Odyssey.”

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A Stanley Kubrick Collection Blu-ray is on the way, but the level of detail in Beyond the Infinite suggests a theatrical release – frankly, it deserves one. Warner Bros. is working hard on both ends to present the most in-depth presentation of 2001: A Space Odyssey ever compiled.

Watch the trailer below to see Trumbull’s revolutionary style of exploring 2001. I’m sure this won’t be the last time we see the green screen tactic used to explore classic films. Trumbull’s personal touch on the original film will give us a true inside look at one of the most mysterious films of all time.

I’ll be one of the first in line to see this documentary. Hopefully it will shed light on Trumbull’s purpose behind certain designs and visual effects. The slightest insight will yield a better perspective on the film.

Source: Bleeding Cool via (io9)

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  1. Very cool. I’d love to see this in a theater setting.

  2. This is weird I popped in my VHS copy of 2001 just the other day to watch it. Haven’t seen it in years and years. It’s true it still holds up. I’ve been thinking that it would be nice to create an homage to Kubrick’s work by shooting a scene from the book that was never shot. That scene was when Bowman passes through a star system that has assembled quite a few technological wonders, which he observes, on his journey to meet the race that set humans to that destiny way back in the dawn of man…

  3. Yeah, 2001… was great, however I would definitely like to see in 3D:)

  4. I absolutely hate 2001, despise it with a passion. Its an absolute non entity for me.

    • You do not get out much, do you? :)

  5. Visually, the movie was great back in the day, but it was also boring. To be honest, I enjoyed the sequel more and wouldn’t mind seeing what happens with the Europans.

  6. @ Dr SAM~
    I often enjoy reading your replies, so please don’t take this as an invitation to debate…quite the opposite. I’m just really intrigued as to why you have such a great dislike for the film.I, like you, am also a writer and am just genuinely intrigued as to your response. I never found the film to be the “end all be all” of cinema, but I was always a bit in awe of what Kubrick achieved given the era that the movie was released, albeit that I did consider parts of the movie to be uncaptivating in some instances and downright “come on, man???” in others.
    I’m just interested in your thoughts, sir.

    • I’m not one of those people that needs constant action in a sci fi film, I can enjoy something quiet and thoughtful like Solaris, but for me 2001 is just plain boring. There is nothing in there to hook me at all, Kubrick was an astounding film maker, and the visuals are excellent but the film is totally clinical and uninvolving.

  7. Umm it wasn’t suppose to be fun in the conventional sense. The formula today is fill the movie up with Violence, sex, potty jokes, effects for the sake of astonishment only, and every once in awhile some pseudo profound proclamation. No, just the idea of wormhole gateways were far out concepts for the general audience of the day. To take seriously the idea that a civilization perhaps several million years older than we are is inspiring and gaging our performance is also pretty weighty stuff. No one had did much with that idea up to this time, except turn such entities into gods. Kubrick and Clark don’t do that.

    While I admit the characters are stiff in most instances they are shown mostly acting and working in professional capacities. The vacuum of visual ques to what many would commonly call normalcy is suppose to engage the audience to think. Why would Poole and Bowman act in that way for example? Well, they were always being watched. Everything they said and did was observed and recorded by HAL. Their behavior is indicative of the true professional mind. Crushing isn’t it? The kind of discipline required in that kind of situation! Furthermore space travel IS boring! You’re talking vast distances even with atomic motors and Kubrick hits you with that. Space is silent. The idea today is that it’s just assumed that the audience knows that what ever sound we hear is something the crew hears within the confines of the inner hull and/or that it’s a dramatic effect. If Kubrick had done that he wouldn’t have been taken seriously. So he substituted symphonic music created by arguably the most gifted musicians in history.

    Kubrick and Clark’s work was ground breaking in so many ways. From the special effects to the execution of hard Science Fiction subjects…

  8. This project has already been mysteriously nixed by Warner Home Video.

  9. If that’s the case that’s sad news and a loss for Science Fiction fans everywhere. Perhaps it will get made under different auspices and Warner will pick it up as a companion disk on some future special release…

  10. Have a look at some of the stills I shot when we made the movie 2001 plus others at MGM British Studios, Dave Larson enhanced them for me from my old Polaroids and a Kodak instamatic I smuggled into the studio.

    Roger Garrod

  11. If anyone can put me back in touch with Dave Larson I would be most grateful

  12. Try Leonard Wheat’s 2000 book,Kubrick’s 2001;A Triple Allegory,or read his online essays,Misconceptions about 2001 & Fresh insights into 2001,shows how all events and characters are from Homer’s Odyssey(HAL=Cyclops,hibernators=lotus-eaters,TMA-1=Trojan Horse)and Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra-which also opens at dawn,ending with the hero’s interrupted last supper-here HAL=God,made in man;s image,so beyond the infinite=beyond God,a really fascinating read.