Polaroids shot by Continuity Supervisor June Randall during production of The Shining, including images of actors Norman Gay, Shelley Duvall, and Scatman Crothers. These black-and-white photos were shot throughout filming to notate positions of props, set dressing, and states of costumes.
A page from Stanley Kubrick’s pre-production notebook for The Shining.
Kubrick’s handwritten note says:
It is more convenient not to have Jack have to give his history to the psychiatrist — easier for Wendy to do it alone.
But - the film starts better with Jack at the hotel.
Try to make it work!
Director Stanley Kubrick on the daytime exterior Hedge Maze set of The Shining atMGM-British Studios, flanked by Director of Photography John Alcott, Focus Assistant Douglas Milsome, and an unidentified crew member.
Director Stanley Kubrick lines up a shot of actors Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall on the Colorado Lounge set of The Shining, as Director of Photography John Alcott and Camera Operator Kelvin Pike look on.
"Chapter Forty-Three: Drinks on the House" from Stanley Kubrick’s copy of Stephen King’s pre-publication manuscript for The Shining. Kubrick’s notations can be seen throughout, handwritten in red and green. He has underlined ideas which interest him, as well as speculated about how to potentially visualize various passages. At one point Kubrick writes, “This could be like the Trip sequence in 2001”.
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Continuity Polaroid of actors Shelley Duvall and Danny Lloyd on the set of The Shining.
Film Editor Ray Lovejoy, left, sits next to Stanley Kubrick’s longtime personal assistant Emilio D’Alessandro on the The Shining’s Colorado Lounge set.
Lovejoy, who had previously edited for Kubrick on 2001: A Space Odyssey, was unable to complete his editing duties on The Shining due to a hand injury. Second Assistant Editor Gordon Stainforth stepped in and finished editing the film with Kubrick.
On the table in front of them sits the Overlook Hotel scrapbook, a prop which, although it figures heavily in the novel, does not appear much in the film. A number of scenes were shot with the scrapbook, including Jack finding it mysteriously sitting upon his writing table, and a later scene where he shows it to Wendy, but all of these scenes were deleted from the finished film.
The original scrapbook can be seen in the Stanley Kubrick Archive in London.
"Are You Afraid?"
Artist: Chester Burnett
The Shining’s Master Plasterer Tom Tarry in his workshop at EMI Elstree Studios. Hanging in the background are a set of in-progress icicle models, waiting to be installed on the winter version of the exterior facade set of The Overlook Hotel.
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Director Stanley Kubrick rehearses a scene with actors Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall on the Colorado Lounge set of The Shining.
Stanley Kubrick’s longtime personal assistant Emilio D’Alessandro poses behind a model of the The Shining’s massive Colorado Lounge set. These models were used to work out layout and scale issues, as well as to conduct early lighting tests before the actual sets were built.
Actor Jack Nicholson and Director Stanley Kubrick review video playback of a take on The Shining’s Lobby set.
Director Stanley Kubrick on the set of The Shining.
Happy Halloween from The Overlook Hotel.
Original prop keychains from The Shining, from the collection of longtime Kubrick personal assistant Emilio D’Alessandro. The Overlook Hotel keychains were created for the film, and according to D’Alessandro, many were subsequently used by Kubrick as keychains for his own personal house keys. These particular keychains were given as a gift to D’Alessandro, while Kubrick held on to the original Room 237 keychain.
The keychains reference “Mount Qualo, Colorado”, the same location which appears on the Overlook Hotel prop letterhead, although no mention of this fictional city is mentioned in the finished film.