This promotional short for 2010: The Year We Made Contact (1984) shows moviegoers how some of the film's visual effects were created. This includes makeup for Keir Dullea's character, how the astronauts float in space, and the construction of the spaceship in which the astronauts carry out their mission. The vehicle is so large, the two largest sound stages on the MGM lot were used to construct it.Written by
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Another in a series of MGM promos for their upcoming science fiction film...
It's interesting to hear PETER HYAMS, the director shown in 2010: THE ODYSSEY CONTINUES, talks about his film 2010 wherein he worked with the actual writer of the story half a world away via computer--and how the design structures had to be realistic looking and visually impressive but functional as well.
Another interesting moment has actor KEIR DULLEA applying the age make-up--and later removing it (a sticky mess). And, in a lighter vein, actor JOHN LITHGOW seeming to enjoy his first big science fiction feature by having a high time on the high wires and told to take it more seriously because "astronauts don't clown around up there." Lithgow seems to be in rare good humor throughout the few talks he has about his role.
Whether the audience had as much fun watching the results, I'm not so sure. It certainly looks as though no expense was spared to give the look of the film as much accuracy as possible--also with respect to simulating weightlessness in space.
Nothing too provocative about this short, and Arthur C. Clarke exhibits the fatal flaw of most writers--he doesn't come across as particularly forthcoming or easy to interpret. I'm not saying he's inarticulate but he could have presented his case with more clarity.
Moderately entertaining short promo from MGM.
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