"The Shining" is a movie directed by Stanley Kubrick in 1980. The story is about a family that heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father (Jack Nicholson) into violence, while his psychic son (Danny Lloyd) sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.
The Shining Opening Sequence/Credits
The opening sequence in The Shining starts off by us flying through a massive lake, we are then sent up in the air to get a bird’s eye view of a small car travelling through a snake like road. This is to show us how grand and vast America is.
The opening credits then scroll up, the colour of the font is blue which is usually seen to be a more gentle colour but Kubrick makes this font seem more eerie by the sound he uses of tribal music and screaming women.
After two and a half minutes of the opening scene and credits we are introduced to the overlook hotel for the first time, we know nothing about it but what it looks like and how big it is. We assume this is where the story is going to take place straight away.
There are 5 basic camera angles:
Eye-level Example 1: When Jack is in the Gold Room, we see Lloyd the bartender in an eye-level angle. Audience Reaction: We can see everything around Lloyd’s background and adds to the ghost-like effect.
High AngleExample 1: When Jack is following Wendy up the stairs as she is swinging the bat at him, there is a high camera angle located on Wendy’s shoulder looking down at Jack. Audience Reaction: We feel as if Wendy is more superior to Jack and it looks like Jack is walking up towards us. Suspense is felt by the audience.
Low AngleExample 1:After Danny has written “” on the door we see a low camera angle of what he just wrote. Audience Reaction:This makes the word look more frightening.
Birds EyeExample 1: At the start of the movie we see a birds eye view of the car driving through the wavy road. Audience Reaction: This makes the car look as if it is not a threat and shows us how long it has to drive.
There are 3 basic camera movements:
Panning Example 1: When Jack is walking across the Gold Room to the bar during the 1920’s ball. Audience Reaction: We follow Jack as he walks and see that he is changing again.
Zooming Example 1: At the end of the movie there is an extremely long and slow zoom in towards the photo frame of the ball containing Jack. Audience Reaction: We are very curious and want to know what is in the photo.
Tilting Example 1: When Jack is walking up the stairs after Wendy the camera tilts down to view Jack and up to view Wendy. Audience Reaction: This makes Wendy look more superior than Jack
There are 7 basic camera shots:
Close-up Example 1: When Danny is contacting Hallorann by telepathy there is a close-up of his shocked reaction. Audience Reaction: We are also shocked and know something bad is going to happen.
Example 1: There is sort of an extreme close-up when Jack is hacking at the door, the extreme-close up is of the axe coming through the door.
Audience Reaction: We are terrified along with Wendy.
Medium Shot Example 1: When Jack is in the Gold Room, we see Lloyd the bartender in a medium shot. Audience Reaction: We can see everything around Lloyd’s background and adds to the ghost-like effect.
Long Shot Example 1: When Danny gets out of the cupboard after Hallorann is killed. We see this happen in a long shot of the hall. Audience Reaction: We assume Danny is far enough away to run away from Jack.
Extreme Long Shot Example 1: At the start of the movie there is an extreme long shot of the overlook hotel. Audience Reaction: This allows us to see all of its surroundings and how isolated it is.
Point of View or Subjective Example 1: When Jack is looking down at the model of the maze we see it from his point of view. Audience Reaction: Because we can see Danny and Wendy in the model we then realise Jack also has “the shining”.
Reaction Shot Example 1: When Danny is contacting Hallorann by telepathy there is a close-up of his shocked reaction. Audience Reaction: We are also shocked and know something bad is going to happen.
Additionally the film format will affect the mood and look of a film. Some format options available are black and white, colour film, digital video and animation.