Friday, May 24, 2013

Making "The Shining"

If you read this blog it's no secret that I appreciate Stanley Kubrick's oeuvre.  Here's a new film, "Staircases to Nowhere: Making Stanley Kubrick's 'The Shining'" from the Elstree Project. Full description included below:

(Extended) Staircases to Nowhere: Making Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" from Howard Berry on Vimeo.
The full oral history story of the making of Stanley Kubrick's horror masterpiece "The Shining".

In October we made a 17-minute oral history using our content from The Elstree Project, an oral history project designed to record, preserve and share the memories of people who have worked at the studios of Elstree and Borehamwood. Since then it has received over 100,000 hits and has been shared on numerous blogs and websites.

Now we present the full story, at 55-minutes in length, and with contributions from nine crew members who worked on the film and Stanley Kubrick's widow, Christiane. We believe this is the most in-depth exploration into the making of "The Shining" on film, from the perspective of those who actually worked on the production. Additional content includes memories of the fire at Elstree, a more in-depth look at the Stages at Elstree and the Steadicam, the work of the Second Unit on the film and what it was like to work with Kubrick.

Interviewed are:
Brian Cook - 1st AD
Jan Harlan - Producer
Christiane Kubrick - Wife of Stanley Kubrick
Mick Mason - Camera Technician
Ray Merrin - Post-Production Sound
Doug Milsome - 1st AC and Second Unit Camera
Kelvin Pike - Camera Operator
Ron Punter - Scenic Artist
June Randall - Continuity
Julian Senior - Warner Bros. Publicity

The interviews in this film were recorded over a period of three years, and with eight students getting the chance to gain live work experience as part of their undergraduate degree course in Film and Television in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Hertfordshire. The film has been made as part of The Elstree Project which is a partnership between Howard Berry of the University and Bob Redman and Paul Welsh MBE who run the volunteer group Elstree Screen Heritage. Please consider contributing to the project, by using the "tip jar" feature on this video, and help us make more videos like this.

We would like to thank all of our interviewees, and an extra thanks to Jan Harlan for his help and assistance, as well as Lee Unkrich for his encouragement and assistance with research. We would also like to thank Steven Adams, Associate Dean (Research) and Judy Glasman, Dean, in the School of Creative Arts.

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