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

  • Tiger Chicago 7y

    Let's see a magnified version of this!!!
  • El Payo 7y

    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?
  • suketu18 7y

    Loath.
  • Mei Ying Chan 7y

    Is this still showing?
  • globalNix 7y

    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...
  • Phil Stripling 7y

    Gruber has the shot as it turned out in the film here:
    The Overlook by gruber
  • Oskar Lissheim-Boethius 7y

    Master of details. This is truly awesome stuff. Keep it coming!
  • globalNix 7y

    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.
  • Citt 7y

    WOW! Talk about precision.
  • globalNix 6y

    Another Kubrick related item that I found at the BFI in late 2008.
    IMG897 Stanley Kubrick's Handwritten Response to Sight and Sound Questionnaire by globalNix
  • Max Hodges 6y

    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
  • Max Hodges 6y

    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.
  • Niklas Backman 6y

    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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