Thursday, 17 April 2014

The Shining

For Studio Brief 3 we where told our movie posters would be based on the actor Jack Nicholson. We where all given one of his films. I was given The Shining, 1980. 

Produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick, co-written with novelist Diane Johnson, and starring Jack NicholsonShelley DuvallDanny Lloyd, and Scatman Crothers. The film is based on Stephen King's novel of the same name, though there are significant changes.

Kubrick himself aided in modifying the Steadicam's video transmission technology. Brown states his own abilities to operate the Steadicam were refined by working on Kubrick's film. On this film, Brown developed a two-handed technique which enabled him to maintain the camera at one height while panning and tilting the camera. In addition to tracking shots from behind, the Steadicam enabled shooting in constricted rooms without flying out walls, or backing the camera into doors. Brown notes that
"One of the most talked-about shots in the picture is the eerie tracking sequence which follows Danny as he pedals at high speed through corridor after corridor on his plastic Big Wheel tricycle. The soundtrack explodes with noise when the wheel is on wooden flooring and is abruptly silent as it crosses over carpet. We needed to have the lens just a few inches from the floor and to travel rapidly just behind or ahead of the bike."
Film Stills

Film Posters for The Shining

I then went on to watch The Shining, I had seen it before but it was a few years ago. There where parts of the film I had forgotten, and watching it gave me a better sense of the film.

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