How Kubrick Adapted The Shining into a Cinematic Masterpiece…


Date: October 30, 2017

01) Screenwriting – How Kubrick Adapted The Shining into a Cinematic Masterpiece

“Whenever I think of The Shining, I’m always amazed by the sheer number of iconic moments in a single movie. So, I wanted to take a look at the writing process and see how we ended up with such a masterpiece of cinema. Now, there have been plenty of great videos on The Shining as well as videos specifically about the script, but I want to go deeper. What exactly is happening from a storytelling perspective?

What was it like to collaborate with Kubrick on this screenplay? How did the movie wind up so different than Stephen Kings original novel? How close did they stick to the screenplay during production? What were Kubricks thoughts on horror? All that and more on this episode of Making Film…”


4 thoughts on “How Kubrick Adapted The Shining into a Cinematic Masterpiece…

  1. David Kennerly

    Kubrick was a masterful filmmaker but also a famously tough boss. I was fired by him during the production of The Shining (through his assistant director, Brian Cook) for showing up very late. I had it coming to me, though, it must be said. I was only an eighteen-year-old gopher so it was hardly a loss for them. Still, my time there was a great experience and I especially value the time that I got to know Jan Harlan, the creative director (and Kubrick’s brother-in-law). John Alcott was a masterful cinematographer even if he was not terribly pleasant to work for. Hey, welcome to the real world!

    1. eqfoundation Post author

      That is so awesome! I had no idea.

      I almost went to see a special Halloween screening of The Shining, last week…

      I’d been eyeballing it for a month, at one of the local theater websites…Got the day off, and was resolved to go…Things just sort of lined up…Then somebody quite at work…

      …Would have been the first time I’d ever seen The Shining on the big screen, in a theater [which is the way Hollywood movies are meant to be watched, honestly]…

      Not that I haven’t seen the movie many, many times…but…you know…

      1. David Kennerly

        I haven’t been in a theater in years. You’re right, it is the best way to see a film if the conditions are good, e.g. position in the theater, print quality, audience noise etc. I bought the BluRay version a few months back and the image quality is very good, however. You might take a look at “The Chickening” parody on YouTube. It’s very strange and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

      2. eqfoundation Post author

        I shall do that…

        As a personal consolation, I have my DVD of the movie in the player, right now…Though I fell asleep while watching it, a few nights back…

        …It’s waiting to be properly watched.

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