The Shining

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Film details:

The Shining is a film created in the year 1980 by Stanley Kubrick. Writers for this film include Stephen King who wrote the novel, Stanley Kubrick and Diane Johnson.

The Shining is about a family of 3 who move into an empty hotel to look after it during the winter. The son of this family has a hidden gift called Shining which allows him to see things that have happened in the past and what can possibly happen in the future. Not only that but he can also have telepathic conversations with other people who have the Shining. The father of the family wishes to use this time to continue his writing. However, his mind starts to slip into insanity as a result of cabin fever. Ghosts of the hotel start to appear and Jack (father) starts to talk to them. A ghost waiter, who appears to be the father who killed his family a long time previously, appears to Jack and persuades him to ‘correct’ his family. At this point Jack finally looses it and attempts to kill his wife and son.

Again in this film there is not clear message. The hidden message that could be pointed out is how much cabin fever can effect someone. I say this because at the beginning of the film Jack seems like such a normal person and it seems like he wouldn’t be the person that would loose his mind. This however, is not the case. So therefore, the message would be, be careful of being kept in solitude and confined spaces.

Production details:

The Shining has 4 production companies which are Warner Bros. Pictures, Hawk Films, Peregrine and Producers Circle. The majority of distributors are part of the Warner Bros. Company which control distribution in different countries. Click here for the full list of distributors and special effects companies.

The film is aimed at those who have an interest in horror. It is also aimed at the over 18s due to the fact of bad language, nudity and violence.

Below is a list of technological uses used in the film. Source:


  • Arriflex 35 BL, Zeiss Super Speed Lenses


  • Denham Laboratories, UK

Film length (metres)

  • 3275 m (Sweden, cut version)
  • 3295 m (Finland) (theatrical version)
  • 3970 m (Finland) (original version)

Film negative format (mm/video inches)

  • 35 mm (Eastman 100T 5247)

Cinematographic process

  • Spherical

Printed film format

  • 35 mm

Aspect ratio

  • 1.37 : 1 (negative ratio)
  • 1.66 : 1 (theatrical ratio, Europe)
  • 1.85 : 1 (theatrical ratio, USA)

The estimated budget for The Shining was $22,000,000.


The Shining only won one award and was nominated for 2 other awards. Click here for the full list of awards and nominations. The film was rated number 48 in the top 250 films.

The Shining was rated 18 dues to the violence and nudity in the film. Therefore, no one under the age of 18 should watch this film.


The thing that I found most distinctive about this film is the different camera panning and angles. For example, the first scene when the camera pans overhead of a lake and then a highway before it follows a yellow car. I love the way this is done because it just makes the movie that more dynamic. It also makes the viewer much more intrigued as they get an idea of the surroundings of the film and then makes them wonder, why is the car being followed. It draws a lot of attention on the car and makes us think, where is the car going and so on. Another camera angle that I really love is the where the camera is behind the child whenever he is riding his back. This, in a horror film is great. The reason I say this is because the camera is behind the child and the child is driving round the corners of the hallway of the hotel. The effect this has on the viewer is it makes you think, ‘oh whats round the next corner’. This camera angle is also used whenever a character in the movie is running, adding more to the dynamic and desperation of the run.

The element of the movie I would take is the camera angles and panning. I love the way the film uses the panning over landscapes and I would love to do this in some of my productions. I would like to do panning over a place like London or somewhere similar. The element that I would really take is the behind camera shots and the camera following running movements. It adds a lot of dynamic to a scene.


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