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DSC00005 Storyboard from The Shining, Kubrick Archive

The Barbican Arts Centre recently held a Stanley Kubrick retrospective. The foyer of Cinema 1 displayed some treasures from the Kubrick Archive. This storyboard depicts a long shot exterior of The Overlook Hotel. Note Kubrick's very specific notes:

 

IGNORE WHAT LOOKS LIKE

A CENTRAL PATH JUST HAVE

THE SNOW SMOOTHLY AND

ROUNDLY CHANGE ITS DIRECTION

UP THE SLOPE AT ABOUT THE

POSITION OF WHAT IS

DRAWN AS A CENTRAL PATH

THE FRAME IS EXAXCTLY 1-1:85

Obviously you compose for that

but protect the full 1-1:33 area.

 

In order to accurately get the

central path curve, you have to

set up the shots and put stakes

in the ground so that the curve

as seen through the ground

glass corresponds to what is

drawn. THERE IS NO OTHER WAY

TO DO IT REPEAT NO OTHER

WAY exercise the greatest

care as the compositional

effect of a different path might

be BAD BAD BAD

 

MAKE SURE IT DOESN'T

WIND UP LOOKING LIKE

A SNOW PLOW DID IT

After you push the snow around

the wind and fresh snow fall

should keep it from looking plowed

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Taken on February 27, 2008