One of Many Questions That Arise Out Of 2001…

I’ve been watching this particular 40 some odd second clip in “2001: A Space Odyssey” and I can’t, for the life of me, figure out how Kubrick and his special effects team did this. Any ideas? Any specific stories involving this particular effect or insight into how it was done? I feel like I’ve thought of everything from super imposed images to editing tricks, but I just can’t figure it out…


One response to “One of Many Questions That Arise Out Of 2001…

  1. I don’t remember this one from the DVD special features (I would need to look again), but my guess is that a rotating set was used, in the same way the central part of the ship was shot. In this case, I would guess there were two rotating sections: the tube-like conduit through which Dave and Frank walk, then the module with the ladder on which they descend.

    At the beginning, the tube — which contains the mounted camera — is still, and the ladder module is rotating. Once the actors reach the ladder module, however, the ladder module is halted and the tube is set into rotation. This would need to be done very precisely, and apparently was (and I don’t see any pause or overlap in the rotation, and the ladder module stops with the ladder in correct position). This is just my best guess, however…

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