The Shining

Directed by Stanley Kubrick The Shining was based on the Stephen King novel of the same name.

Filming The Shining

  • Shot during 1978 the entire film was made at Elstree, with the exception of a few external location shots by a second unit in Oregon. A full sized mock up of the hotel exterior was built on the backlot. Hotel interiors, and the maze were sound stages built at Elstree.
  • The Shining was the first movie to extensively exploit the Steadicam.
  • During the filming of The Shining the set on stage three caught fire causing damage estimated at 1.25M. A previous fire in 1936 at the then British and Dominion studios caused severe damage, which nearly engulfed the entire site and the British International Picture next door. The BIP studios eventually became the EMI studios where The Shining was filmed.
  • It is reported that Kubrick shot over 1.3 million feet of film giving a shooting ratio of 102:1 against a typical ratio somewhere between 5:1 and 15:1.
  • While making The Shining Kubrick's daughter Vivian filmed a documentary about her father, one of the few times he has allowed publicity about himself. The documentary is on the DVD version of the Shining.

    Elstree and Kubrick

    Elstree owes gratitude of debt to Stanley Kubrick. During the mid-seventies when other American directors left Britain to escape punitive tax laws Stanley Kubrick stayed to make films.

    Stanley Kubrick died 7th March 1999 at his home in Hertfordshire, UK. He had just completed "Eyes Wide Shut". A genius of cinema Elstree will always owe him a debt of gratitude for making some of the finest films the world has ever seen in England.