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Gallery: Making of '2001: A Space Odyssey'

Creating Another World

Robert U. Taylor/Courtesy Doug Trumbull

A variation on the slit scan visual effects process pioneered by the "2001" team created abstract lines and architecture built of light to otherworldly effect.

Creative Minds

Courtesy Christiane Kubrick and Jan Harlan

Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke stand with a Celestron telescope on the patio of the Kubrick penthouse on Lexington Avenue, New York City, 1964.

Media Minds

Estate of Roger Caras

Stanley Kubrick and Roger Caras, a publicist and VP of Kubrick's production companies.

Filming in 'Space'

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Stanley Kubrick on the set of "2001" at the MGM British Studios in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, 1966. On the left is American actor Keir Dullea in a spacesuit.

Reality Revealed

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At 38 feet in diameter and 30 tons, "2001"’s centrifuge, seen here from outside, was one of the largest and most expensive kinetic sets ever built. The centrifuge allowed actors to be filmed walking fully around the "walls" and "ceiling" of a round spaceship with artificial gravity.

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