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10. Because the hotel interiors were built to scale, getting around was an issue for Garrett Brown. He’d find ways to ride on a vehicle to do shots, instead of walking. For the tracking sequence of Danny riding his Big Wheel, they needed the lens just a few inches from the floor, and to travel rapidly just behind or ahead of the bike. Brown tried it on foot and “found that I was too winded after an entire three-minute take to even describe what sort of last rites I would prefer. Also, at those speeds I couldn’t get the lens much lower than about 18 inches from the floor.” Instead, the Steadicam was mounted on a special wheelchair (invented by Kubrick and Ron Ford), providing a fluid, hypnotic style that Kubrick at first didn’t like, but grew to accept.

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The main conundrum I faced in putting together my SteadiCam was the mechanics of the gimbal
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Kubrick’s technique was to take all scenes scores of times; he understood the effect on actors. Nicholson would do his first takes in conventional ways, then he’d relax and be neutral; Kubrick would say do something different, then Jack would start to mug…use his eyebrows, his voice would rise, he’d make exaggerated faces. Jack did takes friendly, harsh, manic, then the final edit was selected by Kubrick.

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6. Author/Historian John Baxter noted that every scene harkens back to the central theme of family. “This is a story of a family going insane together. Jack is already unhinged—on the verge—gradually the wife and child are drawn in. Danny picks up on it quickly because he’s psychic. To some extent, it reflects Kubricks difficulties with his father, his greatest influence.”

The Shining is a 1980 American horror film based on the book of the same name by Stephen King
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12. Scatman Crothers (Dick Hallorann), a musician and band leader, was a friend of Jack Nicholson—the actor suggested him to Kubrick. He appealed to the director as someone who would credibly share a psychic connection with Danny. This was a terrible experience for Scatman—not an experienced actor—Kubrick drove him endlessly, redoing scenes twenty or thirty times. He finally said, “What do you want Stanley? What do you want?” The scene where Hallorann and Danny bond (Hallorann relates the tale of his grandmother explaining shining) set a world record with 148 takes of one close up shot.

Yeah, hopefully it's a little more abstract than that though


15. The snow outside was either pulverized styrofoam (falling snow) or dendritic dairy salt (on the ground). Over 900 tons of salt was used.

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2. According to Steadicam Operator (and Inventor) Garrett Brown, the color of the opening titles were something Kubrick agonized over, changing the color until he got it exactly right. Brown also claimed the “rolling, brightly colored lettering stuck with Stanley since his earliest days,” but in fact, many Kubrick opening credits are done in white lettering and/or a non-rolling format; .