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Illustrations From The Set Of 2001 A SPACE ODYSSEY

(Above: One of the only two pieces published before the film was released.)
(Above: Collage of the Astronauts’ costumes.)
Remote Control – This, like the large moon pit, shows the scale of the sets Kubrick created. “The camera, which is mounted at the front of the centrifuge tube, is the thing that’s turning around while Keir Dullea walks forward. But because there’s no one with the camera, the men down at the bottom left are monitoring a TV screen so that Kubrick could direct remotely, from the bottom left.” Kubrick, in blue, is in the group to the right, Unsworth is to his right, with the balding head. “They’re all asking: ‘Is it OK? Shall we come down?’ to the man who’s looking at the camera image. It shows the intricacies of how every shot was put together.”
Top Secret – This illustration shows how the camera was set up for the famous centrifuge scene. “The day they set up the centrifuge scene, I was told I wasn’t allowed to do pictures of it because Stanley didn’t want anyone to see how it worked, that it was the camera that went around rather than the centrifuge. It was an enormous wheel, which must have been a good 35ft high, on an axis that turned, and lights were mounted all around it. When they first started it up, the lights started to explode because the leads got caught. It was quite a hairy moment Gary Lockwood, who played one of the astronauts, just ran on the spot while the camera went round and round him. There was an escape route for him to get off quickly if anything happened, but from where I was sitting it looked like quite a brave thing to do”
Full Metal Jacket – “I had a brief to cover the filming however I wanted, as long as I gave it to Stanley afterwards. So, often, I would do drawings or pictures on the set and then go back to my studio in Soho and make either larger-scale collages or paintings” says Sanders. This collage shows the exploration team venturing down the ramp of the moon pit. “I did this in the studio afterwards, using silver foil — very space age Stanley never expressed an opinion on individual pieces of work. None of his associates could tell me what he thought either. The works never appeared anywhere in the end – it was a terrible anti-climax. I understood how the actors in A Clockwork Orange felt when he withdrew it from show.”
Downtime – “Because it could take so long to get in and out of the suits, the astronauts tended to keep them on for whatever else they were doing. I loved the guy on the left having a smoke in his. The continuity woman (far right) would look after the actors card hands when they went back to the set. There was always a lot of waiting around [of the three years it took to make 2001, a year was spent on preparation, a year and a half on shooting special effects, and only six months working with actors] and there was a little group of people who would be together… It reminds me of when I later worked on the poster for the film ‘Oh What a Lovely War’, where all the ‘officer’ actors would a lineup together, away from the ‘men’.”
(Above: These are the cocoons the film’s astronauts would be frozen in during the journey – until Hal the computer murdered them.)
Life Through a Lens – “The flag was from the opening scenes — the bit where people are going to the moon with air hostesses, and this was the moon station. Stanley (centre) checked the setting of that camera at every single moment Geoff Unsworth. who is drinking coffee on the right was an amazing cameraman. He went on to work with Stanley on other films. He was the man who filmed Barry Lyndon, and Kubrick helped to design the lens that enabled them to film that practically by candlelight. Unsworth was an incredibly gentle, unaffected man and I was very impressed by him.”
(Above: Kubrick rightly thought that suits and uniforms would change little over the years.)
(Above: Preparing to shoot the descent into the pit containing the obelisk.)
(Above: Gary Lockwood rehearsing. He ran on the spot whilst the huge centrifuge set rotated.)
(Above: Fitting the Helmets. When in their space suits the astronaut actors breathed compressed air, just as if they were on the moon.)
Eyes Wide Shut – “It was absolutely forbidden to take cameras on to the set especially on the day that Snowdon came in. Stanley didn’t want anyone taking photographs of Snowdon, which we felt was quite ironic, as he was a photographer himself. He was just visiting out of interest — I think he was a friend of Kubrick’s. In the year that I was there, there were not many VIPs on set but lots of known actors of the time. The actors — Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester and Robert Beatty — were almost throwaway people on the film, compared to the technology.”

Leonard Rossiter, who played Smyslov, later became one of Britain’s best known comedy actors.

Illustrator Brian Sanders was hired by Stanley Kubrick to record the filming of “2001: A Space Odissey. Sanders had free access to most of the set and the backstage, unlike the photographers who were forbidden from accessing the site.
Sanders held no more than 24 of his drawings, and he believed that there might be more in the Kubrick Archive. Before Kubrick death, only two of Sanders’ drawings were published.


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