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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

It’s the big Star Wars day and I thought about posting another Star Wars pic today… naw… how about another space epic, one that predates Star Wars by a solid 9 years: 2001: A Space Odyssey. That seems right… and Kubrick wouldn’t stop the theatrical cut from seeing release in HD, dammit!

What strikes me the most about this incredible photo is that the making of 2001 looks damn near like a real life NASA operation. I assume the wheel has something to do with the circular space ship and also notice how Kubrick has his hand on a record player, obviously setting up playback for the classical music that would dictate the tempo of his film.

Hope you guys enjoy this damn awesome shot! Click to embiggen!



Tomorrow’s Behind the Scenes Pic hates injustice, not the Normans.

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  • May 4, 2011, 8:25 p.m. CST

    First, bitches.

    by Fah-Cue

    Live with it.

  • May 4, 2011, 8:25 p.m. CST

    This is my favorite segment.

    by Ator

    Don't ever stop! :)

  • May 4, 2011, 8:26 p.m. CST


    by Fah-Cue

    You got me, Turd. I will slaughter you whilest you're on the bowl!

  • May 4, 2011, 8:28 p.m. CST


    by ROBRAM89

    It really does look like some sort of mission control.

  • May 4, 2011, 8:36 p.m. CST

    Good Lord, quit bitchin' about the Star Wars HD sets...

    by crashcow

    Don't buy it. Teach Lucas a lesson. Otherwise, find some other cause to take up. Some of us are fine with the redeuxs. These things aren't 'Schindler's List' in space. No one was ever going to win an acting Oscar. Your memory is better than the reality, no matter how you wax philisophical about your childhood being 'raped.' Let. It. Go.

  • May 4, 2011, 8:37 p.m. CST


    by BatMatt21

    PS Kubrick Blows (except for the Shining and parts of Full Metal Jacket)

  • May 4, 2011, 8:43 p.m. CST


    by Quint

    It's my column, I'll decide what I talk about. Don't like it, don't read.

  • May 4, 2011, 9:01 p.m. CST

    rip jackie cooper

    by john

    sad day

  • May 4, 2011, 9:11 p.m. CST

    Don't think I'd trust my life to 2x4's and chicken wire

    by Fred

  • May 4, 2011, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Kubrick may have been a control freak

    by MoffatBabies

    but he had taste. And he never would have completely altered a character's trajectory after the fact or catered to toddlers in the way he told a story. He respected children's intelligence too much, I imagine. And the audience in general.

  • May 4, 2011, 9:15 p.m. CST


    by PedroM

    pic. Thanks. There are some good pics in the Stanley Kubrick archives book.

  • May 4, 2011, 9:37 p.m. CST

    Brilliant picture

    by pills_26

    Really interesting to see that the strauss was there from the very beginning. Cheers.

  • May 4, 2011, 9:47 p.m. CST

    The Wheel Part?

    by jonathancaltman

    I would interpret that as the gimble that allowed all those really iconic shots people still won't shut up about. So Quint, were you being coy and clever, or were you really just that vague on the thing? I'd like to give you the former, but I'd still prefer you suss out some cool details. P.S. You're seriously dropping "It's my column, don't read if you don't like" talkbacks to rando haters? Come on, man. You're a vet. You don't need to do that. It honestly bothered me more than the original lame-ass comment. Then again, if it helps your page-views....

  • May 4, 2011, 9:49 p.m. CST

    Nice, Quint

    by puto tenax

    Thank you for your work. Great photo of the Discovery set. Nice piece of engineering done by the crew on that set. I wonder if they'll ever release more footage. Seems there's a market but I suppose the lawyers can't agree on something. Now go feed Bruce in the pool and fix that darn ae-35 antenna.

  • May 4, 2011, 9:54 p.m. CST

    Wasn't the destoyed footage

    by PedroM

    found some months ago. Or am I mistaking it with some other movie

  • May 4, 2011, 10:10 p.m. CST


    by Hamish McBride

    This is a perfectly cromulent article; I don't see why anyone is complaining.

  • May 4, 2011, 10:12 p.m. CST

    Quint, some BSPOTD from Poltergeist are long overdue.

    by tritium

    Just sayin. Cool 2001: A Space Odyssey pic, anyhow.

  • May 4, 2011, 10:27 p.m. CST

    nice one! this reminds me of my favourite Kubrick story

    by Maniaq

    from the set of 2001, of course... For an entire morning, technicians had been milling around the projection system on the Dawn Of Man set, trying to line it up accurately with the screen. A mm out of position and the resulting image would go out of focus.. Try as they might, they just couldn't get it sharp. Kubrick watched for a while and then very quietly said, "I think the mirror's on the wrong way around. Or else the transparency." His technicians eagerly assured him everything had been double-checked. Nope, the problem was with the alignment and it would take them a while yet to fix. Several hours later, the problem hadn't gone away. Kubrick patiently repeated his assertion: "The transparency must be the wrong way around." It was such a simple problem, nobody else could believe that it might be the cause of the difficulty. But it was. The image on the transparency was beaming its way through the thin layer of glass that backed the film emulsion and the tiny degree of blurring was showing up on the big screen. While the stage floor swarmed with techs, wielding screwdrivers and tape measures, Kubrick never once found the need to fiddle with the mechanisms of the projector itself. According to unit publicist, Roger Caras: "He never touched a thing. He just stood there and thought the problem through, as if contemplating a chess problem"

  • May 4, 2011, 10:58 p.m. CST

    Centrifuge set

    by tbrosz

    I believe that's the wheel that they built the main Discovery centrifuge set on. By rotating the entire set they could have an astronaut running on the bottom while the set rotated past him. A camera fixed to the set inside gave the illusion of the astronaut running all the way around the centrifuge from the bottom to the top. One shot showed the other astronaut sitting at a table while the running guy was on the other side. This implied that an actor was strapped into the seat at the table and had to ride the wheel over the top upside down.

  • May 4, 2011, 11 p.m. CST

    On second thought...

    by tbrosz

    That doesn't look big enough to be the main centrifuge wheel. It might be one of the other rotating sets they used for other similar effects. There was one for the Orion spaceship that let the stewardess walk up the walls.

  • May 4, 2011, 11:30 p.m. CST

    Kubrick goes literal, literal, literal, literal

    by smudgewhat

    Then the stargate, like a crazy dream. I LOVE that juxtaposition. Mankind cannot prepare itself for the truly cosmic. No mortal could. Beautifully true.

  • May 5, 2011, 12:17 a.m. CST

    wait how could one not know what the "wheel" is?

    by ufoclub1977

    That's like seeing a photo of... I don't even know. So weird! It's like seeing a Close Encounters photo of Trumbull adding more water to a saltwater/freshwater tank... and saying I don't know what this is... maybe something to do with UFO effects in the sky.

  • May 5, 2011, 1:22 a.m. CST

    It's the stewardess shot on the Pan-Am spaceflight

    by Zardoz

    You can see her legs and uniform in the shot. Great stuff!

  • Yeah, lame. I'd rather see some kids behind the scenes bouncing around the ball pitt at McDonald's in Mac And Me!!! Time to move on from this column. Like Indiana Jones from lead lined fridges or Fonzie from jumping over sharks!!!

  • May 5, 2011, 4:02 a.m. CST

    BSPOTD column is awesome! This is why I love movies.

    by john_nada

    Folks complaining? Dude, go write your own blog or website if you got issues with this. This column is the best thing on the internet for movie lovers! ANyone ever involved with making film from independent to studio levels knows how cool it is to see the process in action. Especially on such an epic shot like this. Thanks for keeping this going.

  • May 5, 2011, 4:22 a.m. CST

    Why a big Star Wars day?

    by filmcoyote

    Just because Lucas is bilking a bunch of idiots daft enough to own this decade's laserdisc into buying the same thing yet again? And you know they are only releasing in blu-ray this year so that the 3D blu-ray can come out after the 3D re-releases start next year. Which of course you'll watch and buy over and over and over again. A big Star Wars day would be Lucas announcing production on Episodes 7-9 or announcing the deletion forever and destruction of all DVDs, prints and drives of Episodes 1-3. A blu-ray release, only for suckers.

  • 2001 is still the best pure sci-fi movie ever made. It just is and your wrong to think otherwise. Also I think I'm correct in thinking that Kubrick routinely edited his movies post release back when films often got a limited re-release during summer and Christmas periods.

  • May 5, 2011, 6:24 a.m. CST

    It's the Discovery

    by The StarWolf

    The lunar shuttle set was much narrower and had a thin, rectangular 'front' section this set lacks. Either way, my favourite film of all. I know how they did all the effects, yet I still 'believe'. Now that's a well-made movie. And when even astronauts praise it on its accuracy, well, it doesn't get better than that.

  • ... it is the work of creative genius. When I was a kid I couldn't take more than five minutes of this movie. But one day I said fuck it and bought the DVD. Was I ever shocked to pay witness to such creative brilliance! I know the pacing drags a little throughout but that still does not take away the sheer awe this film projects to me. So powerful it gives me chills and actually makes my eyes tear up. This is probably — sluggish pacing aside — the finest representation of science fiction ever put to film. Yeah, even more amazing than Star Wars. I said it.

  • May 5, 2011, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Astronut (and others)

    by smudgewhat

    That makes perfect sense to me, that it took you a longer time to grip 2001. The movie requires a certain 'maturity' and patience that is not always as present in the young. And probably even a certain amount of life experience. I think Star Wars is brilliant in it's own totally different way; 2001 is more cerebral.

  • May 5, 2011, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Better pic here -

    by daglesj You can see the chicken wire command post to the left. They had to watch out constantly for loose tools and other bits falling free as it went round. As well as flying glass from blown light bulbs. The 70mm camera tracked round through the grove you see in the middle of the flooring tiles. Fantastic set. Shame 2010 wimped out on re-creating it.

  • May 5, 2011, 10:38 a.m. CST

    The gimble shot that still astounds to this day

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    is the shot of the stewardess getting the dinner trays and walking up the circular walkway. The shot is rock steady, and the actresses movements are timed just right. Between this, The Fly, Poltergeist, Inception, etc...what is your favorite "gimble" shot...?

  • Lounging in a chair, coffee cup in one hand.

  • May 5, 2011, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Only 2, braindrain?

    by darthderp

    Lessee...Spartacus, The Shining, 2001, Full Metal Jacket...I haven't seen any others so I won't comment, but that's 4 by my count.

  • May 5, 2011, 3:09 p.m. CST

    Pedrom - Destroyed footage

    by The StarWolf

    You may be thinking of the complete METROPOLIS copy located somewhere in a South American film museum archive.

  • May 5, 2011, 4:12 p.m. CST

    This is my favorite pic of the Day so far.

    by NivekJ

    Friggin' righteous. THAT'S a filmmaker in effect, people.

  • May 5, 2011, 5:27 p.m. CST

    recently i met and spoke with an actor who worked with Kubrick...

    by Billy_D_Williams

    on Eyes Wide Shut...i wont say who, but they spoke to me about Kubrick's working methods and it was fascinating to say the least...they said Kubrick was not the kind of director who came in and knew exactly what to do...he would drain every bit of information out of everyone in the room, and then decide where to put the camera and how to do the scene, combined with his penchant for lots of takes, this is why it took over two years to shoot EWS. they also said Kubrick was incredibly nice to the actors, gracious and caring, but was a real asshole to his crew, lol the man really was a genius.

  • May 5, 2011, 6:34 p.m. CST


    by PedroM

    yes, they found some Metropolis footage, but 2001's as well. A quick search got me this: and

  • May 5, 2011, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Pedrom - Not 'lost'

    by The StarWolf

    Thanks. But it's surprising indeed, because the footage wasn't 'lost', Kubrick had ordered it destroyed as he had all the sets and models destroyed. I guess someone didn't get the memo, or just chose to ignore it. Good thing Kubrick didn't find out. 1 - he'd have made certain it was trashed and 2 - I wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of his wrath for disobeying his order.

  • May 5, 2011, 8:13 p.m. CST


    by PedroM

    i'm not too hopeful on seeing this footage available so soon. don't know, I have a feeling the Kubrick state, if there's such a thing, may not allow it released.

  • fdhjgfj

  • You bag on just about everything. Don't you have anything good to say? I mean, WTF?? I'm not a hardcore Kubrick fan by any means but he had directed more than two great films... jesus.