Making of The Shining 1980s: 50+ Backstage Moments From The Making Of Haunted Masterpiece

The Shining (1980) is an epic, haunting masterpiece and gothic horror movie by Stanley Kubrick. It is considered one of the greatest horror movies of all time adapted from the novel by Stephen King “The Shining.”, This film combines all the great elements of an intellectual thriller. Kubrick is one the most perfectionist, and his perfectionism broke crew members, one scene took weeks to film, and the crew had to work 13 hours a day. It took three days to film the “Here’s Johnny” scene, which required over 60 doors. Take a look at these behind-the-scenes pictures that show the making of this masterpiece. Please scroll down to see them and vote your favorites.

#3 A self portrait of Stanley Kubrick with his daughter, Jack Nicholson and the crew at the set of The Shining

#4 Jack Nicholson chilling out on the set of ‘The Shining’

#7 The Shining (Jack Nicholson with Stanley Kubrick directing)

#8 Actor Jack Nicholson and director Stanley Kubrick on the set of The Shining

#10 2nd Unit camera operator Jeff Blyth, Jeff’s wife, and their camera assistant doubling for the Torrance family in many unused shots of the car and wearing costumes from the film. Note their “Tony” finger poses.

#11 The facade of the Overlook Hotel set under construction on the backlot at EMI Elstree Studios.

#12 Lisa and Louise Burns, who portrayed the Grady Sisters, prepare for a shot on the games room set. Kelvin Pike operates the camera and Camera Assistant Peter Robinson holds the slate.

#14 Steadicam inventor Garrett Brown takes actor Danny Lloyd for a ride on his Steadicam just outside the hedge maze set on the backlot at MGM Elstree Studios. Brown discovered that Danny was about the same weight as the camera, so he would often give the boy rides in a makeshift swing hanging from the

#15 Stanley Kubrick, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd sits in the lap of his on-set coach and longtime Kubrick assistant Leon Vitali. To the left, Kubrick’s daughter Vivian holds the camera she used to film the Making of The Shining documentary. Behind them, Steadicam inventor Garrett Brown stands with camer

#17 Fake blood splashed on the walls of the hallway set where the Grady Sisters appear.

#18 Stanley Kubrick, Jack Nicholson (Jack Torrance), and Shelley Duvall (Wendy Torrance) rehearse.

#21 Joe Turkel (Lloyd), Stanley Kubrick, and Jack Nicholson on set.

#22 Stanley Kubrick reviews a take with Jack Nicholson on the Gold Room set. Watching from behind are Kubrick assistant Leon Vitali, actor Joe Turkel, Camera Operator Kelvin Pike and Director of Photography John Alcott.

#23 Philip Stone (Delbert Grady) and Jack Nicholson between takes.

#25 Jack Nicholson, (in reflection) Stanley Kubrick and daughter, Vivian, on set.

#29 Stanley Kubrick and Jack Nicholson during continuity Polaroid.

#30 A combination of real axes and axe handles with lightweight fiberglass heads was used during production.

#32 Jack Nicholson and Stanley Kubrick watching video playback.

#33 Jack Nicholson and Stanley Kubrick watching video playback.

#34 Filming Dick Hallorann’s death scene on the lobby set. Stanley Kubrick composes the insert shot of the axe striking Hallorann’s chest. A special effects artist kneeling to the right of Jack Nicholson holds a bag of fake stage blood, with tubing to deliver the blood running up the handle of the axe.

#35 Stunt Double for Scatman Crothers (Dick Hallorann).

#39 Stanley Kubrick, Jack Nicholson, Steadicam inventor Garrett Brown, Kubrick’s daughter, Vivian, Continuity Supervisor June Randall, and others.

#40 Shelley Duvall and Danny Lloyd during continuity Polaroid.

#42 Jack Nicholson on the exterior set of the Overlook Hotel at EMI Elstree Studios.

#43 Jack Nicholson on the exterior set of the Overlook Hotel at EMI Elstree Studios.

#44 Grip Dennis Lewis, Assistant Director Brian Cook, Camera Operator Kelvin Pike, and Camera Assistant Douglas Milsome set up a shot for in the exterior hedge maze set on the backlot of Elstree Studios.

#45 Jack Nicholson posing for his final moment frozen in the snow. This side angle reveals the crude bracing system of wood and styrofoam that was built to hold Nicholson as still as possible for the lengthy shot.

#46 Jack Nicholson posing for his final moment frozen in the snow.

#47 Jack Nicholson posing for his final moment frozen in the snow.

#48 Jack Nicholson’s personal working copy of the screenplay, on display at the California Museum in Sacramento, CA in 2

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