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2001: Filming the Future (Revised) Paperback – November 1, 2000


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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press; 2nd edition (November 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854107062
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854107060
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 9.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,006,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is highly reccomended for film students, movie lovers and Stanley Kubrick fans.
rareoopdvds
For those of you who do not want to know how the groundbreaking special effects were made, stay away from this book!
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A terrific book, full of spectacular photos and diagrams, and including an entertaining and informative text.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By C. ANZIULEWICZ on May 22, 2000
Format: Paperback
Stanley Kubrick, God rest his soul, is my favorite director, and "2001: A Space Odyssey" is my favorite film of all time. For many years the definitive tome about this movie was "The Making of Kubrick's 2001" by Jerome Agel, but that book, alas, has been LONG out of print. It's a real pity, too, since that humble paperback boasted an excellent 96-page photo insert! Get that book back in print!
"2001: Filming the Future" is actually the very first item I ever purchased from Amazon, and it's a tribute to Amazon that I was able to get the book at all. I first learned about this book about 5 years ago from an ad in a science fiction anthology magazine, but I couldn't seem to find it in any bookstore. I tried special ordering it through my local WaldenBooks, yet every time I checked to see if my order was in (over many months), they told me it hadn't arrived. You can imagine my frustration.
Well, about this time I began hearing more and more about an online bookseller called Amazon.com, and seeing how I had only recently begun exploring the World Wide Web, I decided to visit Amazon's website and see if they might have the book available. Much to my delight they DID, so I ordered it online with my credit card, and the book was in my hands in less than a week. Thanks, Amazon!
Anyway, Piers Bizony's "2001: Filming the Future" is a handsome, lushly illustrated, large-format paperback book that belongs on the coffee table of any fan of Stanley Kubrick. There are all sorts of stills from the film and the sets, outtakes, rare production artwork, and plenty of details about how Kubrick went about making this groundbreaking movie as well as how it was received.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By rareoopdvds VINE VOICE on January 20, 2000
Format: Paperback
Piers Bizony's great work in putting the pieces together of Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey. Probably one of the most complex look at any film that I have come across in full detail. The book is in large format with slick pages and color photos everywhere to give you a behind the camera view of the work being accomplished. This book is highly reccomended for film students, movie lovers and Stanley Kubrick fans.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "weirdo_87" on November 12, 2001
Format: Paperback
Recently, while at a nearby book store, I picked up a copy of Piers Bizony's 2001: FILIMING THE FUTURE and decided to purchase it. It was not a bad choice. This is a very extensive book on the making of Stanley Kubrick's sci-fi masterpiece. There are dozens of photographs in both color and black and white that show images from the movie as well as a look at the making of it. There are sketches of the spacecraft in the movie, which were drawn up from film stills, as well as pre-production sketches of some of the earlier design models. There is also an interesting introduction by Arthur C. Clarke, who wrote the novel and co-wrote the screenplay. Finally, the text is well detailed and informative. For those of you who do not want to know how the groundbreaking special effects were made, stay away from this book! Model work, live action and stunt work formed the key elements of most of the visual effects work.
The book also discusses about how it was like to work with Stanley Kubrick. Most cast and crew admit that it was difficult but rewarding because Kubrick pushed them to their limit and made them work better. Kubrick did get mad at them, but he rarely yelled at them. He also got respect because he knew what he wanted and would not stop until he got it. Kubrick was also a perfectionist; after his work on Spartacus, he was determined to have full creative control over his movies and worked over every aspect of his films, demanding the absolute best from the people who worked for him. Stressful no doubt. But this is what made Kubrick one of the best and acclaimed filmmakers of all time. His genius and ambition shows in 2001: A Space Odyssey and this book is a superb tribute
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 24, 1998
Format: Paperback
I searched for about 8 years for a book: Jerome Agel's "the making of Kubrick's 2001" and finally found 3 copies in a used books store in my own city.
I always tought that this book was the only one on the making of 2001. I was wrong, the book written by Mr. Bizony is excellent and very well documented. A suberb work of research written by a man who truly loves this movie. Agel's book is superior to this one only because it is part of history and out of print since (more or less) 1970.
In 30 years, mr Bizony's work will also be an historic work.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John P Bernat on October 8, 2005
Format: Paperback
This brilliant book's visuals alone make it worth adding to your collection of film books. Of course, Kubrick fans need it the most.

But what the book also speaks to, beyond Kubrick's compulsive fascination with technical accuracy in film, is how the effort in making this movie addressed our ambitions and fascinations in the 1960s. In a time where old social conventions were breaking down, right and left, 2001 spoke to a new optimism created by space exploration and its seemingly limitless potential.

"Capturing the imagination." Good movies achieve that goal, don't they? In this case, a fanatical dedication to research, and to placing on film the most accurate and, in a weird way, understated views of a human future in space, creating something really new in moviegoing experience.

In its time, that effort became quickly subsumed by two divergent audiences: people who wanted to enhance their drug experiences with visuals, and people who wanted to be in space. Of course, these audiences made the movie very, very successful.

Today, we have left this movie's technical accomplishments in the dust. We can depict space travel and its related phenomena (like weightlessness) in a relatively effortless way. Film special effects pour out, today, in ways not imagined in 1967. You could read this book as a quaint history tract in movemaking technics.

I read it beyond that, though. It spoke to the excitement and optimism with which many of us viewed our future. We ate this stuff up; we could sit through two reels of a spacecraft docking and think the time just flew by...

How do we feel about the future today? It is now highly unfashiomable to label yourself a "futurist" any more. It seems our future is all behind us now.

Thank God these things run in predictable cycles. Collective optimism about our future in space is just around the corner. I hope I live long enough to see and enjoy it...
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