The VFX Breakthroughs of 2001: A Space Odyssey

Jaws may have created the special-effects blockbuster, but it was 1968's 2001: A Space Odyssey that took visual effects from a gimmick to reinventing what cinema was capable of. Stanley Kubrick's attention to detail and his skilled crew of effects masters refined and created techniques that would go on to play pivotal roles in films to come — like Star Wars nearly ten years later. Here are four of Space Odyssey's most important contributions to film.

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