I knew that I was inside a very big room but every other sense told me I was dwarfed by the deep black night sky and the high clipped hedges of a huge maze. It was peculiarly sinister, especially because the whole scene was draped in silent snow.
Actor Anthony Daniels, who played “C-3PO” in the Star Wars films, describing the day he snuck onto the set of The Shining. Daniels’ dressing room for The Empire Strikes Back was across the hall from the entrance to one of the sound stages used by The Shining. After sneaking in one afternoon, Daniels spent time walking around the interior Hedge Maze set, only to realize he was leaving footprints in the artificial snow. He coyly postulates that his backtracking through his own footprints may have given Kubrick the idea for Danny’s escape from Jack.
Read the entire essay here, of which his Shining anecdote is just a part.