For almost two decades Stanley Kubrick was obsessed intermittently by a project for a science fiction movie, featuring a robot child, originally known as Supertoys and subsequently called AI (for Artificial Intelligence). The inspiration was a brief story by British author Brian Aldiss entitled “Super-Toys Last All Summer Long,” first published in a special issue of Harper’s Bazaar in 1969, the year not only of the first Moon landing but also of the release of 2001: A Space Odyssey.
This has been an amazing read. I’m glad to have come across this memoir, since it gives more insight into one of my favorite Kubrick films, as well as the man’s process itself.
Matthew Modine, star of Full Metal Jacket, has published a journal about the making of the film, Full Metal Diary. There are several previously-unseen Kubrick photos, and transcripts of conversations between Modine and Kubrick. It’s limited to 20,000 copies, and has groovy metal covers. The best parts of the book (i.e. the Kubrick parts) were actually available a while ago from the Kubrick Exhibition website as a PDF download, titled Full Metal Dairy.
Their films I revisit often. Interviews and documentaries on them I watch no matter what, some of them repeated. Any books I find about them I will open and read. If creativity is an ongoing journey, then these three are some of the companions I most trust in my filmmaking travels. What is it…
Documentary excerpt detailing the production of Stanley Kubricks film Barry Lyndon. Interviewees reminisce on how Stanley Kubrick acquired the Mitchell BNC cameras and used them, in conjunction with NASA Zeiss lenses, to film Barry Lyndon using natural light.
These excerpts I’ve included here were AMAZINGLY EYEOPENING to me. I hit next level in grasping cinematic language thanks to McTiernan and putting together the video I’ve linked to below, where I was constantly hammered with these excerpts due to the nature of editing in general. And it makde me truly grasp a lot of the concepts I was struggling with understanding as a filmmaker. McTiernan discusses - filmmaking style, theory, philosophy.