Breaking Down Stanley Kubrick’s Slit Scan Effect in 2001: A Space Odyssey

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Breaking Down Stanley Kubrick’s Slit Scan Effect in 2001: A Space Odyssey

Anyone who has ever heard an episode of the IFH podcast or comes to this site know what a HUGE fan I am of the legendary master Stanley Kubrick. His masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey will be studied for decades to come. Once eye-opening visual effect created for the film was the “Stargate” sequence in the film.

This effect was created in a time with no computers or visual effects as we know them today. The good folks over at Filmmaker IQ created an amazing explanation of the mysterious and forgotten camera technique used in the sequence called Slit Scan.

Check out the video below.

If you want to go deeper down the rabbit hole on this technique head over to Filmmaker IQ.


DOUGLAS TRUMBULL | Master Class | Higher Learning

Douglas Trumbull, the industry pioneer behind the special effects of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Blade Runner joins post-secondary students and faculty to discuss his remarkable career in visual effects and his own directorial projects. He discusses the slit scan technique he used in 2001.


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