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Kubrick's Stargate sequence from 2001

by Critical Commons Manager

This prototypical stargate sequence from Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey featured visual effects by Douglas Trumbull. This sequence provided the inspiration for multiple generations of attempts to visualize traversals of the space-time continuum at both human and atomic scales. Created in 1968, the optical effects seen here are entirely non-digital, making use of a full spectrum of analogue and photochemical image processing ranging from infrared emulsions to psychedelic filters, and heavily processed timelapse landscapes. This protracted (10 minute) effects sequence drew inspiration from the abstract experiments of filmmakers such as Jordan Belson and John Whitney, illustrating the two-way relationship between avant-garde and commercial cinema.

Kubrick 2001 stargate

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Douglas Trumbull's "stargate" visual effects sequence from 2001

from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Creator: Stanley Kubrick
Posted by Critical Commons Manager