Interesting Camera Angles from “The Shining”

Whether you’re an up-and-coming film student or are just simply interested in cinematography, it’s always an interesting viewpoint to look at famous scenes from older movies, well before camera technology became as advanced as it is today. One of the most popular advancements is a gadget known as the camera slider. For a good idea of what they look like and how they are used, checking out a camera slider gallery is a great idea.

Think about, for example, the movie The Shining and all of the scenes shot within Timberline Lodge (which is, of course, the bulk of the movie). Consider how when the camera slowly pans in to the large hotel lounge, especially as things first begin to get tense in the movie. Consider how all of the flashback scenes are filmed. Wonder how different camera heads and accessories could have facilitated some of the famous scenes in the hallway, with the two twin girls and Danny Torrance on his tricycle.

Perhaps one of the most iconic scenes is when Jack’s wife discovers “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” written for thousands of pages on the typewriter. Today, camera sliders and camera slider accessories could have made the quick pan of that scene much more seamless for the cinematographer. As it sits, we have to wonder how many takes were needed to get that scene.

If you’re interested in trying a camera slider out on your own film work to see how it can upgrade your performance, many are available for rental prior to purchase. It’s amazing to discover how this little piece of equipment has revolutionized present-day filmmaking.