DSC00005 Storyboard from The Shining, Kubrick Archive

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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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  1. Tiger Chicago [deleted] 73 months ago | reply

    Let's see a magnified version of this!!!

  2. El Payo 73 months ago | reply

    I'm assuming Kubrick made these notes for his second unit director since he was notoriously loath to leave England by this time in his life?

  3. Jayna 73 months ago | reply

    Is this still showing?

  4. globalNix 73 months ago | reply

    No it isn't. It was a very small exhibit in the foyer of the Cinema 1 at the Barbican for one week only, earlier this year. I have more photos at this link: www.flickr.com/photos/globalnix/tags/kubrickarchive/

    I understand that the touring archive collection, curated by the Deutsches Filmmuseum will go on display in London, perhaps as early as later this year. See this link: www.stanleykubrick.de/eng.php?img=img-l-6&kubrick=new...

  5. Civilized Explorer 73 months ago | reply

    Gruber has the shot as it turned out in the film here:
    www.flickr.com/photos/gruber/2422281070/

  6. Oskar Lissheim-Boethius 73 months ago | reply

    Master of details. This is truly awesome stuff. Keep it coming!

  7. globalNix 73 months ago | reply

    I just remembered I have some photographs from the Childwickbury Arts Fair, organised by the Kubricks, and held on the family estate each summer. Check out these photographs, and this blog post.

  8. Citt 73 months ago | reply

    WOW! Talk about precision.

  9. globalNix 63 months ago | reply

    Another Kubrick related item that I found at the BFI in late 2008.
    www.flickr.com/photos/globalnix/3256954260/

  10. Max Hodges 56 months ago | reply

    can anyone post a frame grab from the film with this scene for comparison?

    bit of trivia for you: Outtakes of the shots of the Volkswagen traveling towards the Overlook at the start of the film were used by Ridley Scott (with Stanley Kubrick's permission) when he was forced to add the 'happy ending' to the original release of Blade Runner

  11. Max Hodges 56 months ago | reply

    also Stanley Kubrick composed and shot the film in the negative ratio (1.37:1) format so that in TV we see it in 1.33:1, but in the cinemas we see it in 1.85:1 (aspect ratio). When a film is shot in 1.37:1, the top and the bottom of the frame are intended to be masked off in the cinemas to create a widescreen version, but are not masked off in the TV/VHS/DVD versions.

  12. Chef.fi 56 months ago | reply

    The documentary "Stanley Kubrick's Boxes" is full of similar curiosities. The doc should be available on youtube or google video.

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