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Notes on 2001: A Space Odyssey

David McCooey | This poem is from ‘After Kubrick’, a loose sequence responding – sometimes obliquely, sometimes directly – to various films by Stanley Kubrick. It is a companion piece to Maria Takolander’s ‘Alien Signals: Poems After Stanley Kubrick’ in her Ghostly Subjects (Salt, 2009).   — Notes on 2001: A Space Odyssey Inside, there is…

Shrinking Starship Troopers

Looking Back: On Shooting Miniatures for Science Fiction Movies

Alex Funke, ASC, Academy Award-winning visual-effects cinematographer | I’ve been shooting movies for almost fifty years, and shooting miniatures for over 30 years. I thought it would be worthwhile to take stock of what we’ve learned, and the principles we’ve followed. Incidentally, that’s not the “editorial we.” One of the most potent things about shooting…

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Forces of Gravity

Kevin Fisher, University of Otago | Intertitles over a black screen preface the first representational images of Gravity (2013) with a series of physical facts about space: the extremes of temperature, the lack of any pressure or atmosphere; culminating with the assertion that “the human body cannot live in space”. The first scene, which introduces…

Blade Runner

Future Mughal Empire

Rhian Sheehan I   Bio: Rhian Sheehan is an award winning New Zealand composer and recording artist. He has composed a variety of film and television projects, as well as the scores for seven fulldome planetarium shows.   When Doves Fly It was an uncanny moment entering the building we were to present in. It felt…