THE SHINING - DIRECTOR CUTS

Updated: Oct 18, 2018



The Shining is one of the perennials in my ever rotating list of favourite movies. Its mood, cinematography and music perfectly align in to one fully coalesced and realised film.


So, of course, I'm not in favour of changing it in any way. I don't want to see Stephen King's version of this perfect movie (though I have), I don't want to see it backwards and forwards at the same time (though I have) and I don't want to see the American version of it that most Australian's are probably not aware even exists (though I have).


The point is, it's is pretty much perfect.


That said, this series is for playing around with things in editing and I don't think Warner Bros. Entertainment will let me just upload the whole of The Shining to Youtube.


What I did is take the iconic scene of Wendy discovering the 'all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy' and changing the text on the page to something more overtly literal. Namely: telling Wendy to take Danny and leave.



Masking out a very still typewriting in Kubrickian unmoving camera shots is very simple. When it comes to masking out Wendy's hand frame by frame it becomes much more difficult.



And so there are some jagged nails on Wendy's hand but that's besides the point.

Director Cuts is a series we do whenever we're not too busy with other video work. It's a fun exercise in trying to take pre-existing footage and edit it into something somewhat coherent.


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