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cspg
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posted 12-14-2015 03:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The 2001 File: Harry Lange and the Design of the Landmark Science Fiction Film
by Christopher Frayling
This stunning tome is a previously unseen look behind-the-scenes at the making of this most legendary of science fiction classics. It is an in-depth examination of the complete, largely unpublished archive of art director Harry Lange’s designs, concepts, roughs and photographs.

Lange’s strikingly realistic designs created an extraordinary vision of the future. By releasing this unpublished archive and explaining its significance, the book takes the reader/viewer on a journey deep into the visual thinking behind 2001, for the first time ever – visual thought that might actually work.The book is about the process, as well as the finished product. It examines how Harry Lange’s experience with NASA fed into the innovations of the film.

It includes rejected designs, concepts and roughs, as well as the finished works. It reveals how the design team was obsessed with things that actually might work. The book illustrates several innovations that were science fiction in the 1960s but have since become science fact, including a ‘newspad’ designed by IBM, which bears an uncanny resemblance to today’s iPad. The remarkable designs for 2001 created a credible vision of the future.

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Reel Art Press (December 18, 2015)
  • ISBN-10: 0957261020
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957261020

p51
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posted 12-14-2015 01:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow, looking forward to seeing this.

If the rest of the book is as good as the sample pages, I'm for sure going to get a copy. Sure, it's a very slow movie and the ending is one of the most confusing in movie history, but other than the civilian clothes, everything in the movie still looks plausible for a space mission, even to this day.

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posted 12-15-2015 11:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Preordered. This looks terrific, and will hopefully be more what I've been looking for after Bizony's rather disappointing recent Making of 2001 by Taschen.

Seconding the previous poster, I get that "2001" isn't everyone's cinematic cup of tea...but I'm still fascinated by how complex, prescient, and fully realized its aesthetic vision was.

cspg
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posted 12-15-2015 03:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And on a similar note but I don't know if it's appropriate to mention a book due next fall about Star Wars art (at $250). Not a huge fan of the saga (does anyone remember the last three movies that came out?) but hats off to the art (landscapes, spaceships etc). The book is: Star Wars Art: Ralph McQuarrie by Ralph McQuarrie.

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