film editing


Rolling Stone: You’ve quoted Pudovkin to the effect that editing is the only original and unique art form in film.

Stanley Kubrick: I think so. Everything else comes from something else. Writing, of course, is writing, acting comes from the theater, and cinematography comes from photography. Editing is unique to film. You can see something from different points of view almost simultaneously, and it creates a new experience.

Pudovkin gives an example: You see a guy hanging a picture on the wall. Suddenly you see his feet slip; you see the chair move; you see his hand go down and the picture fall off the wall. In that split second, a guy falls off a chair, and you see it in a way that you could not see it any other way except through editing.

[Rolling Stone]

Vittorio Storaro


Vittorio Storaro recalls the photographic challenges he confronted during the tumultuous production of Francis Ford Coppola’s hallucinatory Vietnam War epic Apocalypse Now. Interview by Stephen Burum, ASC and Stephen Pizzello [pdf].



A cinematographer has to design and write a story, starting at the beginning, through the evolution to the end. That’s why I consider my profession is as a writer of light. —Vittorio Storaro


the making of The Shining

Stanley Kubrick allowed his then-17-year-old daughter, Vivian, to make a documentary about the production of The Shining. Created originally for the BBC television show Arena, this documentary offers rare insight into the shooting process of a Kubrick film. This version of the documentary has commentary by Vivian Kubrick.


Staircases to Nowhere: Making Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. The most in-depth exploration into the making of The Shining on film, from the perspective of those who actually worked on the production.shining2



The new NBC television program, Hannibal, contains many subtle and not-so-subtle references to the films of Stanley Kubrick. The Shining is particularly well-represented, as evidenced by this still from the show.

in an Entertainment Weekly article, Showrunner Bryan Fuller discusses the influence The Shining had on him as a child, and why he’s chosen to pay homage to the film in Hannibal.

the shining twins


Lisa and Louise Burns were twelve years old when they played the Grady Twins in The Shining. It was the only film appearance for the sisters.

In a June, 2002 issue of JANE magazine, the twins, then 35, recalled running around in the Hedge Maze set, getting lost and forcing crew members to remove panels to let them out. They discussed still owning a pair of the dresses they wore in the film, and Louise recalled, “I got to keep a jar of fake blood. I stored it in the fridge until it congealed.”