Resources[ edit ] After deciding on Clarke's short story "The Sentinel" as the starting point, and with the themes of man's relationship with the universe in mind, Clarke sold Kubrick five more of his stories to use as background materials for the film. This section does not cite any sources. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources.
He has been compared to Frankenstein's monster. In Clarke's novel, HAL malfunctions because of being ordered to lie to the crew of Discovery and withhold confidential information from them, namely the confidentially programmed mission priority over expendable human life, despite being constructed for "the accurate processing of information without distortion or concealment".
This would not be addressed on film until the follow-up The Year We Make Contact. Film critic Roger Ebert wrote that HAL, as the supposedly perfect computer, is actually the most human of all of the characters.
Strangelove and decided not to make it obvious that they were "war machines". In a book he wrote with Kubrick's assistance, Alexander Walker states that Kubrick eventually decided that nuclear weapons had "no place at all in the film's thematic development", being an "orbiting red herring" that would "merely have raised irrelevant questions to suggest this as a reality of the twenty-first century".
It's a continuation, not a discontinuity in that jump. Illustrators such as Chesley BonestellRoy Carnon, and Richard McKenna were hired to produce concept drawings, sketches and paintings of the space technology seen in the film.
The minute film, which had also proved popular at NASA for its realistic portrayal of outer space, achieved "the standard of dynamic visionary realism that he was looking for.
Kubrick also asked Universe co-director Colin Low about animation camerawork, with Low recommending British mathematician Brian Saltwith whom Low and Roman Kroitor had previously worked on the still animation documentary City of Gold.
It was filmed in Cinerama and shown in the "Moon Dome". The production moved in January to the smaller MGM-British Studios in Borehamwoodwhere the live action and special effects filming was done, starting with the scenes involving Floyd on the Orion spaceplane;  it was described as a "huge throbbing nerve center A small elevated platform was built in a field near the studio so that the camera could shoot upward with the sky as background, avoiding cars and trucks passing by in the distance.
Although this technique, known as "held takes", resulted in a much better image, it meant exposed film would be stored for long periods of time between shots, sometimes as long as a year. It would eventually be released in a limited " road-show " Cinerama version, then in 70mm and 35mm versions.
Reviews suggested the film suffered from its departure from traditional cinematic storytelling. The people who like it like it no matter what its length, and the same holds true for the people who hate it.
This was confirmed by former Kubrick assistant Leon Vitali: That's what he wanted. A Space Odyssey soundtrack and A Space Odyssey score From very early in production, Kubrick decided that he wanted the film to be a primarily nonverbal experience  that did not rely on the traditional techniques of narrative cinema, and in which music would play a vital role in evoking particular moods.
About half the music in the film appears either before the first line of dialogue or after the final line. Almost no music is heard during scenes with dialogue. The film is notable for its innovative use of classical music taken from existing commercial recordings.
Most feature films then and now are typically accompanied by elaborate film scores or songs written specially for them by professional composers. In the early stages of production, Kubrick had commissioned a score for from Hollywood composer Alex Northwho had written the score for Spartacus and also worked on Dr.
North did not learn that his score had been abandoned until he saw the film's premiere. As additional "bonus tracks" at the end, the CD includes the versions of "Zarathustra" and "Lux aeterna" on the old MGM soundtrack, an unaltered performance of "Aventures", and a nine-minute compilation of all of Hal's dialogue.
North's unused music was first released in Telarc's issue of the main theme on Hollywood's Greatest Hits, Vol. Eventually, a mono mix-down of North's original recordings, which had survived in the interim, was released as a limited-edition CD by Intrada Records.
A Space Odyssey Costumes and set design[ edit ] Kubrick involved himself in every aspect of production, even choosing the fabric for his actors' costumes,  and selecting notable pieces of contemporary furniture for use in the film.
Olivier Mourguedesigner of the Djinn chair, has used the connection to in his advertising; a frame from the film's space station sequence and three production stills appear on the homepage of Mourgue's website.
Everyone recalls one early sequence in the film, the space hotel,  primarily because the custom-made Olivier Mourgue furnishings, those foam-filled sofas, undulant and serpentine, are covered in scarlet fabric and are the first stabs of color one sees.
They resemble Rorschach "blots" against the pristine purity of the rest of the lobby. Similar detailed instructions for replacing the explosive bolts also appear on the hatches of the E. Vehicles[ edit ] Modern replica of the Discovery One spaceship model To heighten the reality of the film very intricate models of the various spacecraft and locations were built.
Their sizes ranged from about two-foot long models of satellites and the Aries translunar shuttle up to a foot long Discovery One spacecraft. The image of the model was cut out of the photographic print and mounted on glass and filmed on an animation stand.
The undeveloped film was re-wound to film the star background with the silhouette of the model photograph acting as a matte to block out where the spaceship image was. For most shots the model was stationary and camera was driven along a track on a special mount, the motor of which was mechanically linked to the camera motor—making it possible to repeat camera moves and match speeds exactly.
Elements of the scene were recorded on same piece of film in separate passes to combine the lit model, stars, planets, or other spacecraft in the same shot.50 Years Ago, One Movie Changed All Movies Forever. A SPACE ODYSSEY- Experience The Original In Select IMAX and IMAX 70mm Theaters.
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Read more Read less Give the gift of reading, now $Reviews: A Space Odyssey is a science fiction novel by British writer Arthur C. Clarke. It was developed concurrently with Stanley Kubrick's film version and published after the release of the film. Clarke and Kubrick worked on the book together, but eventually only Clarke ended up .
A Space Odyssey was the name of an oversized comic book adaptation of the film of the same name and a issue monthly series "expanding" on the ideas presented in the film and the eponymous Arthur C. Clarke novel.